How to

Search

Enter keywords, a title, ISBN, call number and more to retrieve results where matching terms are located in any field

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Tips for Better Search Results

Use the plus symbol (+) to boost the relevance of a specific term in your results

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Use the minus symbol (-) or the uppercase word NOT to ensure that a term or terms will not appear in your results

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Use quotation marks around phrases, and include initial articles in known titles

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Search for items at UW-Madison (default), or switch to UW System

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Search (Advanced)

Enter search terms in more than one field and specify limits for publication dates, formats, languages, and libraries/library collections.

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Limits

Set limits before you begin your search. If you select more than one format, the results will limit to any items in those selected formats. Selecting another type of limit (language, for example) will return results in the formats selected if they match your selected language(s).

If you retrieve too many items, you will able to refine your search when you view your results.

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Search (Browse)

Browse the catalog by subject topics, places, languages or author/creator names.


Capitalize the first letter of the term you enter. To find items about college athletes:

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Or select a letter, and then set of letters, to browse all subjects that begin with the selected letters:

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Manage Results: Locate Materials

The list of results will often provide the library location information. You may need to view a full record for more information.

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Full Record and Availability Information

The full record can provide more detailed information about an item's availability, including information about availability at other UW System campuses. If an item is available at another UW System campus, you may request delivery to UW-Madison.

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Manage Results: Refine Using Facets

Select a facet at the left of the screen. Facets allow you to:

The image below shows the facets for the search global warming. The selections refine results to DVDs at College Library with the standardized subject global warming.

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Add or remove facets if you wish. Facets currently in effect will appear at the top of your results page.

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Manage Results: Export Records

When viewing a record, use the menu of export options at the upper left.

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Select

Select records to save them in a folder and export them later.

Cite

View the item's citation in MLA and APA citation style. Note: Citations are software-generated and may contain errors. Check the appropriate style manual for verification.

Export your citations to a citation manager such as RefWorks or Endnote. For more information about creating a citation manager account and exporting records, see Overview of Citation Managers.


Email

Email a record to receive a permanent link to the record in the library catalog.


Print

The Print option will format the record for printing, and will only include basic information such as title, location, call number and availability.


Share

Share the link to the record in the library catalog via a variety of social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Place Requests: General Information

When viewing a list of results, click the desired title to see the item's record and full availability information. Use the Sign In to Place Request button.

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Note: If you are requesting a title from a multi-volume work, search for the item in MadCat, and place your request there.

Place Requests: Item Is Available at UW-Madison

Use the Sign In to Place Request button.

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For more information, see Retrieve Materials from the Shelf.

Place Requests: Item Is Not Available at UW-Madison

Physical copies may be available at other UW System campuses.

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Items Not Available for Request

Some items may not be requested. Often these items have a very limited loan period (e.g., a book on reserve for a class) or they may be part of a special collection. Please contact the holding library if you have questions.

Place Requests: Item Is On Order / In Process / Being Processed

This item is not currently available, but you may request it and have it held for you after the libraries have received it and processed it

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Complete the On Order / In Process Inquiry Form and the item will be held for you at the campus library of your choice

Place Requests: Other Request Options

If the item you are searching for is not owned by UW-Madison or other UW System libraries:

If you have a question about whether the Libraries own a specific title, please Ask a Librarian.

Contact us

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Technical Explanation

The catalog uses the UW System-wide authentication software Shibboleth.