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Loyola University Chicago Libraries

Library Catalog: Basic Search

Introducing the University Libraries discovery system and catalog

Basic Search

A Basic or “simple” search will explore multiple library resources from a single interface, to include:​

  • Books
  • Sound Recordings
  • Articles
  • Journals
  • eBooks
  • Databases
  • Videos
  • eJournals
  • Course Reserves

Hint: This works similar to how one might look up something in Google, but it’s less all-encompassing and more academic.

To run a Basic search, type in the keyword(s) associated with your topic, then press Enter (or click the   icon).
You’ll notice that as you type, recommendations will begin to populate below the search bar:

Say we were to select one of these recommended entries and run a Basic search:

A query like this ^ might retrieve thousands of different hits from a variety of authors and resource types…
...which could be good or bad depending on your ultimate objective:

To narrow down your results, use the filters located on the left-hand side of your screen:

Notice how the selection of just 5 filters quickly narrowed the query from +2,400 results to 9.

Once selected, a detailed record of the item will display, including bibliographic content, location and availability status.
To request an item, follow the link to “Sign in” to your university account with your UVID/password.

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