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How to Start Your Research | Search the Library Catalog

Tips and tools for starting your research and searching for information in library databases and catalogs.

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Amanda Walch
Raugust Library, Reference & Instruction Office
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What the Catalog Searches

The library catalog is your gateway to many different kinds of information.

This includes the books on the shelves in Raugust Library as well as articles in library databases and much more.

The catalog can search five different scopes or groups of materials:

  • Everything - Books, journals & media owned by the UJ Libraries + online databases
  • UJ Libraries - only the books, journals & media owned by the UJ Libraries
  • Articles & More - only online databases
  • All ODIN Libraries - Books, journals & media from of all university libraries in our state-wide network, ODIN
  • Course Reserves - Course materials placed on hold by UJ faculty

As you start typing in the catalog search bar, you'll see a drop-down menu appear. That's how to choose which scope to search. If you don't select a scope, you'll be searching Everything by default.

How To Search the Library Catalog

Search Tips

All of the search strategies outlined in Search Library Databases will work in the catalog, too.


Filters are your friends

After you've entered search terms and are browsing through your results, the filters along the right side of your search results will help you narrow down what you're seeing. A few useful filters include

  • Availability - how the resource is available (ie. online or in the library)
  • Resource Type - the kind of resource, such as articles, books, video, and more
  • Publication Date
  • Location - where in the library a resource can be found
  • Subject Heading - the subjects the resources cover
  • Language


Sign in to the catalog

Signing into the catalog with your UJ email address and password lets you save items and organize them in folders. It also allows you to request materials from other libraries, and take a look at what you have checked out.

magnifying class iconReading Call Numbers

Once you've found some books in the catalog, you'll have to head up to the 2nd floor to find them, and you'll need to know how to read a book's call number. Check out this quick tutorial on call numbers: