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UICCAT Instructions and Tips
UICCAT is University of Illinois at Chicago's Library catalog. By searching it, you will discover what books, journals, magazines and other materials that UIC owns in all of its libraries.
The default search is by Any Word, Anywhere. To search for keywords, type in one or more words about your topic (search terms) into the Any Word Anywhere or the Boolean Search. In the Boolean Search, terms must be combined with words called operators (AND, OR, NOT) or quotation marks can be used when searching for phrases.
AND - searches for terms anywhere in the same record and will narrow your search
OR - searches for the records with either word in them and will broaden your search
NOT - searches for occurrences of the first term and will match only if the second term is NOT in the same record
Operators allow the combination of terms in a variety of ways. For example:
· virus and animals (finds all of the records with the word virus that also have the word animals)Tips for Keyword searching:
· rain or precipitation (finds all of the records with either the word rain or the word precipitation)
· Shakespeare not Hamlet (finds all of the records with the word Shakespeare but not the word Hamlet)
To search for a keyword in the:
|Author name keyword||nkey|
|Subject heading keyword||skey||Date of publication. Use 4-digit year, e.g., 1986||pubd|
|Conference or meeting name, place, date||conf|
|Corporations, companies, organizations as authors||corp|
|Journal title keyword||jkey|
|Music opus or thematic index number||opus|
|Publisher number (music score, sound, video)||pub#|
|Place (city) of publication||pubc|
|Publisher name keyword||publ|
|Series title keyword||seri|
|Contents note keyword||note|
Keyword searching is not the most precise way to search. Because the computer searches the entire record of every resource, you often retrieve records that contain the keyword but are not about the keyword. For example, a search of Chicago and History may retrieve a book about English 18th-century history that happened to be published at the University of Chicago. By using keywords, you are still likely to find some items on your topic. Use synonymous keywords to retrieve additional sources. For example, if you're looking for books about teenagers and depression, search keywords like adolescents, teenagers, young adults, teens, etc.
The end of a word can be represented by using a "?" as a truncation symbol. Truncation will retrieve more forms or different spellings of a word or name. The system will find all of the words that begin with the letters you typed before the "?". For example:
· nation? will retrieve records with the words nation and nations as well as nationality.Avoid using the "?" too soon in the word to represent the word ending. For example, do not type cop? if you are searching for the term Copenhagen., Too many words begin with the three letters cop. copen? is a better search.
Search statements can be efficiently structured by combining several terms and operators into a single search statement. When more than one operator has been used, parentheses should be used to clearly distinguish how terms are to be grouped. This technique is called nesting.
Make sure that for every open parenthesis in your search statement, you include a close parenthesis. For example:
(history and (england or "great britain"))Back to Keywords
chicago and (crim? or gang?)
To search by author, type the author's last name or a portion of the last name. For example, to search for William Shakespeare, type either of the following: shakespeare or shakesp
If the last name is a common one, include at least some of the first name if you know it. Always type the last name first. For example, to search for Henry James, type either of the following: james henry or james h
Cross references direct a search to alternate forms of names, such as pseudonyms (other names used by authors). Click on the cross reference links (i.e., See Also) to retrieve more works by that author.
To search by title, type as much of the title as you know. You do not need to type the entire title. For example, typing red badge of will retrieve Red Badge of Courage.
Hints for Title Searching
The following are common alternate forms of words that may exist in the catalog. If search results in zero entries, try an alternate form of the word.
To search for the title of a journal, select Journal Title from the "Find Results By" menu. Enter the journal title, omitting the initial article.
For example, if you are looking for The New England Journal of Medicine, omit "The" and type "New England Journal of Medicine".
Search by subject using either Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) or Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). In order to search by subject, you must know the exact subject as determined by the Library of Congress or the National Library of Medicine.
For example, you would type aids disease to search the topic AIDS as a Library of Congress subject, but you would type acquired immunodeficiency syndrome to search the topic as a Medical Subject Heading.
Some terms will be the same in both LCSH and MeSH. For example, if you search for Arthritis as a subject term, you will see entries for Arthritis as a Library of Congress Subject Heading and entries for Arthritis as a Medical Subject Heading.
For help in finding these subject headings, ask at the reference of information desk.
Hints for Subject Searching
To create a more narrowly defined subject you could add further subdivisions:
France History 16th Century
Example: eye diseases instead of
Example: arteriosclerosis instead
of cardiovascular diseases
Hints for Call number Searching:
To search for an item by call number, enter as much of the call number as you know. The results list will drop you into the call number browsing index at the nearest match. From there you can move to the previous and next pages by clicking on the appropriate links found at the top and bottom of your screen.
The UIC Library uses several different classification systems depending on the type of material.
For most books owned by the UIC Library, you should use either LC (Library of Congress) or NLM (National Library of Medicine) call numbers. All of these call numbers begin with alphabetic characters.
NLM Call Number Examples
The UIC Library's government documents collection uses the Superintendent of Documents (SuDOC) classification system to organize government document materials. SuDOC numbers begin with an alphabetic character, which designates the authoring government agency, and often include colons (:) and slashes (/).
|Abbreviation||To Search For:|
|data file||computer-readable data in any medium|
|microcard||microform material stored on film sheets; microfiche|
|microfilm||microform material stored on film reels; microfilm|
|microprint||microform stored on opaque cards|
|phonodisc||sound recordings on 33 1/3 rpm discs|
|sound cassettes||sound recordings on cassette|
|sound disc||sound recordings on compact discs|
|thesis||many of the Library of the Health Sciences - LHS - theses|
|video cassettes||videocassettes; video recordings in cassette form|
|video discs||video recording in laser disc form|
Use this option when you wish to see the results listed in order of relevance. This type of search is entered using formats similar to many Web search engines:
ISBN stands for the International Standard Book Number. Each unique title, edition of a book, or monographic publication has its own ISBN number. This system exists so that each publication will have a unique identifier.
Each ISBN number consists of ten digits. When you search by ISBN, do not include any spaces or punctuation in the string of numbers (e.g.., 0510336728).
To search by ISBN, select Advanced Search. Type in the ISBN, omitting spaces and punctuation. Select ISBN as the search field from the drop down menu of "Search In" options.
ISSN stands for the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN). This is the internationally accepted code for identifying serial publications (journal, or magazine or series of books). Each publication has a unique ISSN number.
The ISSN consists of two groups of four digits in Arabic numerals 0 to 9, except for the last (or check) digit, which can be an X. The two groups of four numbers are separated by a hyphen. When you search by ISSN, separate the two groups of 4 numbers by a hyphen (e.g.., 0017-8012).
To search by ISSN, select Advanced Search. Enter
the ISSN with a hyphen as described above. From the "Search In"
menu, choose ISSN.
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