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Searching the Library Catalog  

Learn how to search the University of Chicago Library Catalog.
Last Updated: Aug 20, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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What does the Library Catalog Search?

Search the Library Catalog to see what items the Library has in its collections, including:

  • Books (print and ebooks)
  • Films (DVDs, videos, etc.)
  • Recordings (CDs, records, etc.)
  • Journals, magazines, and newspapers (print and online)
  • Music scores
  • U of C dissertations
  • Some databases and websites
  • Some archival holdings

The Library Catalog has some features not available in Lens, including:

  • Browse searching (the "Begins With" option), including a call number browse
  • Advanced search features such as date limits, truncation, and limits to specific collections
  • The ability to search non-roman languages (keyword search only)

Do not use the Library Catalog to search for articles.  To find articles, use one of the Library's article databases.

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