Use the Catalog to search for materials held or made available by the University of Chicago Library, including:
The Library Catalog does not include records for articles [in journals, periodicals and newspapers]. If you have a citation for a specific article, search for the name of the journal. If you are looking for articles on a topic, use one of the Library's article databases or Articles Plus.
The Library Catalog does not include records for articles, but ArticlesPlus does. ArticlesPlus allows simultaneous searching of a broad range of articles, books, and other collections. It searches all of the materials from the Library Catalog, a large proportion of the Library's available article content, and digitized collections of documents and images from many organizations.
The end of vendor support for the previous Library Catalog and Lens require the implementation of a new catalog. Moving to an open source catalog like VuFind allows the Library to tailor the interface to the needs of UChicago researchers.
This catalog uses a customized version of VuFind 2.1 for its search interface. Bibliographic data is stored in a SirsiDynix Horizon system (after Summer, 2014, Horizon will be replaced by Kuali OLE).
This is a beta release of the Library Catalog. Upcoming development will focus on MyAccount features, and optimization for mobile devices.
Basic Keyword Search retrieves records that include all of the terms that you enter in the text box at the top of the screen. The default setting, "All Fields," retrieves records that use the keywords anywhere in the record (title, author, subject, etc.) For more precision, you can select a field type (e.g. title, author) from the drop-down menu on the right to search only within that field.
Basic Keyword Search is a good choice when you're exploring a topic, or when you're searching for a specific book but are unsure of the exact title or author.
Advanced Keyword Search allows you to combine several types of keyword searches. You can also set limits by language, format, location, collection, and date of publication.
Advanced Keyword Search is a good choice when you have a very specific or complex topic in mind.
Additional help in formulating an advanced search query is available under Using Advanced Keyword Search.
The "Begins With" search allows you to browse through an alphabetical listing of subjects, authors, titles, etc. to find the book you need. It is the easiest way to locate a book if you know the exact title or the author's entire name. Below are some tips for constructing effective browse searches.
If you specify a field, the Catalog will return only those records which contain your search term(s) in the data field specified. For example, if you search for "Nepal" and "Forestry" and select "Title" from the drop down menu, VuFind will return results for only those records which contain both "Nepal" and "Forestry" in the title. If you do not specify a field, VuFind will return records which contain your search term(s) anywhere in the record.
Defining a data field from the many options in the drop down menu allows you to execute a more focused or precise search. Because the data contained in bibliographic records is coded by type (e.g. Title, Author, Subject, Publisher, etc.), you can specify the type of data you wish to search. That means, for example, that you could search for books that have Mark Twain as the subject rather than as the author. This level of precision is not possible with a Google Search, because the data Google indexes is rarely coded in the same way Library records are.
A search field is a text box in which you can type the keywords you want to search for. Each field is accompanied by a drop-down menu that lets you specify the type of data (title, author, etc.) you are searching for. You can mix and match search types however you like.
The "Match" setting lets you specify how multiple search fields should be handled.
The "Add Search Field" button may be used to add additional search fields to the form. You may use as many search fields as you wish.
For certain complex searches, a single set of search fields may not be enough. For example, suppose you want to find books about the history of China or India. If you did an ALL Terms search for China, India, and History, you would only get books about China AND India. If you did an ANY Terms search, you would get books about history that had nothing to do with China or India.
Search Groups provide a way to build searches from multiple groups of search fields. Every time you click the "Add Search Group" button, a new group of fields is added. Once you have multiple search groups, you can remove unwanted groups with the "Remove Search Group" button, and you can specify whether you want to match on ANY or ALL search groups.
In the history of China or India example described above, you could solve the problem using search groups like this:
The "Match" options correspond with Boolean operators.
No. You may choose to limit your search by these options (e.g. Language, Format, Collection), but it is not required.
The first 10 languages represent the most common languages in the collection, listed in descending order of prevalence. The remaining languages are listed alphabetically.
"Location" refers to the physical space in which Library materials may be found, e.g. Regenstein Library, Crerar Reference, SSA Reserves. "Collection" refers to a subset of materials within a specific "Location." If you select a Location in your search, any available Collections within that Location will appear as possible limits in the Collection column. For example, if you select Crerar Library under Location, you can then choose to further limit to Crerar Manuscripts under Collection.
It is possible to select multiple languages, Formats, or Locations at once, by holding down the Shift button on your keyboard and clicking on your selections. However, this approach may yield unexpected results. These search limits will be joined with a Boolean AND, not a Boolean OR. So limiting your search to "French" and "English" will only return results for materials that are in both French AND English. Similarly, limiting your search to materials with a Location of Regenstein Library and Crerar Library will only return results for materials located in both places.
It is possible to construct a search which searches French or English language materials using power searching options in a Basic Keyword Search. Add an expression like (language:French OR language:English) to your search to do this. See Field Searching for additional details.
Boolean operators allow terms to be combined with logic operators. The following operators are allowed: AND, OR, and NOT.
Note: Boolean operators must be ALL CAPS
The AND operator is the default conjunction operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the AND operator is used. The AND operator matches records where both terms exist anywhere in the field of a record.
To search for records that contain "economics" and "Friedman" use the query:
economics AND Friedman
The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching record if either of the terms exist in a record.
To search for records that contain either Keynes or Friedman, use the query:
Keynes OR Friedman
The NOT operator excludes records that contain the term after NOT.
To search for records that contain "economics" but not "Friedman" use the query:
economics NOT Friedman
Note: The NOT operator must be combined with other terms. For example, the following search will return no results:
Use the tilde ~ symbol at the end of a Multiple word Term. For example, to search for economics and Friedman that are within 10 words of each other, enter:
The quotation marks are required.
Term boosting allows you to give a search term more weight in the relevance ranking. Use the ^ symbol followed by a number
economics and Friedman^5
Use the asterisk symbol to search for variations of words.
Searching for test* will find test, tests, tester, testing, etc.
Use the question mark symbol to replace one character in a word.
For example, to search for "text" or "test" you can use the search:
Use the asterisk symbol to replace multiple characters in a word
Searching for colo*r finds color and colour.
Truncation and wildcards cannot be used in phrase searches.
You can limit a search to specific fields in a record by entering field names in the keyword search box, using the syntax: field_label:search terms.
Some general guidelines for using field searching:
|Field Label||What it Searches||Example|
|author||Main author. For works with multiple authors, this will only find the first author.||author:plato
|author2||Added authors. This includes non-first authors of works with multiple authors, corporate authors, conference names||author2:Engels
author2:(Ford Motor Company)
author2:"United States. Department of the Interior."
|contents||Table of contents. This is not available for all items in the catalog, however.||contents:friedman
|donor||Endowed fund used for purchase or donor of materials||donor:Harris|
|id||Item bib number, its unique identifier in the database||id:5017168|
|isbn||May omit dashes||isbn:0226111008
|issn||May omit dashes||issn:0002-8282|
|language||Language names are case-sensitive, e.g. German||language:French
|notes||Additional information about a work. May include contents||notes:facsimile
|performer||Participant in some type of recording, generally music or motion picture||performer:coltrane
|publisher||Not case sensitive||publisher:oxford
publisher:"university of chicago press"
|publication_place||Not case sensitive||publication_place:Chicago
|publishDate||May use the range search [2000 TO 2002] "TO" must be capitalized||publishDate:1999
publishDate:[1999 TO 2003]
|series||Works published as part of a monographic series.||series:loeb
|title||Searches the main title exactly as it appears. No tables of contents or other title fields are searched.||title:(romeo and juliet)|
|title_alt||Searches for variations in the main titles and titles from tables of contents. Does not search the main title||title_alt:(romeo and Juliet)|
|title_uniform||Searches specialized field designed to identify resources that might have variations in title name; but does not also search the main title. Can bring up records with title in other languages||title_uniform:(romeo and Juliet)|
|topic||Library of Congress Subject Headings.
Not case sensitive; punctuation can be omitted.
topic:(united states history civil war)
Limit to a specific format by using the field label "format".
These formats are used in the Library Catalog. Format types are case-sensitive and multi-word formats must be enclosed in quotation marks. Items may have multiple format types.
|Archives/Manuscripts||Primarily items held in Special Collections, but may include reproductions of manuscripts|
|Audio||Includes audio recordings in any format|
|"Blu-ray disc"||Video recording in Blu-ray format|
|Book||Can be printed works and electronic books|
|CD||Can include audio, data, text and|
|Dissertations||Ph.D dissertations and masters theses|
|DVD||Can include data, text and video|
|E-Resource||Any item with a URL in its record.|
|Image||Includes photographs and printed images, such as posters|
|Journal||Includes journals, newspapers and other titles published on a regular basis|
|Kit||Only 31 items|
|Laserdisc||A type of video recording|
|LP||Long Playing record, a type of audio recording|
|Map||Maps of all types. Includes some atlases|
|Microform||Includes microfilm and microfiche|
|"Music recording"||Any type of audio|
|"Music Score"||Printed music|
|Serial||Only 15 items, all part of First American West|
|"Spoken word recording"||Audio recording without music|
|Video||Includes video recordings in any media format|
|"Video cassette"||Type of video recording|
An example search would be "format:LP".
Limit to a specific library by using the field label "building". You must use either the full library name in quotes or the truncation symbol, *. Names are case sensitive. These are the names as used in the catalog:
"D'Angelo Law Library"
building:"D'Angelo Law Library"
Limit to a specific location using the field label item_collection. These are case sensitive and you must use either the full collection name in quotes or the truncation symbol, *.
These are collections held in the Special Collections Research Center:
"Atkinson Collection of American Drama"
"Austrian Collection of Drama"
"Crerar Rare Books"
"EB Children's Literature"
"Helen and Ruth Regenstein Collection of Rare Books"
"Historical Children's Booksâ€
"Lincke Collection of Popular German Literature"
"Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica"
"Modern Poetry Rare"
"University of Chicago Press Imprint Collection"
Most searches will return a list of results. The default number of results per page is 60; you can choose to see fewer or more hits per page by selecting a number from the "Results per Page" drop-down menu.
You can choose to view your list of results in either the "Brief" or "Detailed" view. The Brief view includes a minimum of information for each record (Title, Author, Location, Call Number, Availability, Format), and allows you to quickly scan a large number of results. The Detailed view provides additional information for each record (Physical Description, Subject Headings) to help guide you in making your selection.
To display the full record for any item in the list, click on the title of the work.
The results page contains facets or "Limits on the right to help focus your search to retrieve fewer, more relevant items. You can narrow your search by format, author, topic, language, and more by simply clicking one of the blue links. The Catalog displays up to five options ranked by frequency under each facet. Click on "More" to see all options. The Limits you select are displayed at the top of the "Narrow Search" column under "Current Limits." Click on the "X" next to a Limit if you wish to remove it.
You can sort your results by choosing a selection from the "Sort by" drop-down menu at the top of the page. The default sort is "Relevance," which means the Catalog uses a relevancy algorithm to rank your search results based on certain factors, including:
Other Sort options include Date Descending (i.e. newest first), Date Ascending (oldest first), Call Number, Author, or Title.
The Catalog includes material in many different formats, including books, DVDs, ebooks, microfilm, music scores, and more. The format of the material appears in your Results list as one or more icons on the right side of the record display.
E-Resource refers to any material that can be accessed online. This includes ebooks, ejournals, websites, electronic databases, digital images, and more.
Links to full text are available for materials for which the Library has licensed ebook or ejournal content. Links are also provided for materials available in full text through the Hathi Trust, Google Books, and the Open Library.
The number in the "Count" column refers to the number of results found for the search term in the alphabetical browse list.
Your results list will indicate "Multiple Formats" if your search returned more than one format of materials (e.g., books and ebooks, or books, DVDs and maps, etc.). It does not mean that the items in the results list are themselves multiple-format titles (meaning, for example, a book with accompanying CD). Similarly, "Multiple Authors" means that the results list represents materials written by a variety of authors. It does not mean that the individual titles themselves have multiple authors.
Check the Holdings tab in the lower section of the page. If the status listed is unclear, consult the chart on item statuses.
Fields on the full record that are hyperlinked can be clicked to initiate a Begins With search for the hyperlinked term. This is a quick way of locating materials by the same author, on the same subject, or which are adjacent to the original item in the stacks.
Most of the information you need in order to identify or select an item can be found on the main page of the Full Record display. Additional information (like ISBN, page numbers, physical description, notes and summaries) can be found in the "Details" tab at the bottom of the page.
The Staff View display displays the record in MARC (or Machine Readable Catalog Format). The Staff View is mainly used by library staff.