Some tips for expert searching in the UIC Library Search
Choose your Scope
The UIC Library Search gives you the option to search in several different ways. You can choose your scope in the search box.
UIC Catalog and Articles- All items available in the UIC Library Search
UIC Catalog only- Only items available directly through the UIC library (no journal articles)
All I-Share Libraries- Only items available through I-Share Libraries
Articles- Only journal articles available in the UIC Library Search
Login to the Catalog for Better Results
Some results only appear in the UIC library catalog for users who are logged in. Additionally, you cannot request items or manage items that have been checked out unless you login.
Boolean Search Terms
The UIC Library Search allows the use of Boolean search terms to manage what items are found in your search.
AND, using the term and between search terms will only return results that have both search terms
OR, using the term or between search terms will return results that have either search term
NOT, using the term not between search terms will return results that have the first term, but do not include the second term
In the library search results, you can use filters to limit the results you see. You can use this to show only a certain type of results, such as only books or journal articles, or to show materials that meet certain requirements, such as available online or peer reviewed.
The catalog can display results from other libraries around Illinois that are available through I-Share. These items can be requested if you are logged in to your account.