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Books, Journals (not individual articles), CDs, DVDs, and other items:
Author Search podcastJournal Search podcast
Interpreting IUCAT Results:
Once you perform your search, you'll see a list of records (not ranked by relevance) that describe books, journals, and other items containing the keywords you searched.
Click on a record to see:
- Publication information
- Subject terms (tip: Click on a subject term to find similar items)
- Location information:
(tip: Browse the shelves around a call number for more items on the same topic)
Finding Books and other items in the stacks:
3rd floor shelves if the call number starts with the letters A-N
4th floor shelves if the call number starts with the letters P-Z
Use your JagTag to check out books at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor.
Getting items not available at IUPUI:
Need full-text books that can be accessed and read online?
Journal articles contain information that is up-to-date and highly specific. You can find articles by searching library databases. The library provides access to 350 databases, some covering multiple subjects and others covering a specific discipline.
Most of University Library's article databases are available on- or off-campus to IUPUI students, faculty, and staff by logging in with your IUPUI Network ID and password. If you have trouble accessing our resources, go to Can't Connect? for do-it-yourself help, try establishing a VPN connection, or contact the Reference Desk.
General, multidisciplinary databases are a good place to start:
Looking for a specific subject area? See Databases by Subject
Looking for a specific databases? See Article Databases A-Z
Database Searching Tips:
Interpreting Database Results
If you need recent articles, peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles, or if you only want to see articles which can be viewed online, you can limit your search. Use the database's advanced search options.
Once you perform a search, you'll see a list of articles that contain your search terms and meet your search criteria.
Getting Articles and Using
In most databases, you can sort results by publication date and relevance. Some databases allow sorting by other criteria as well.
If the full text of the article is available through the database, you'll see links to view the article in HTML and/or .PDF format.
If the full text of the article is not available through the database, you'll see the a Button. If you click , you'll be taken back to IUCAT to see if another IUPUI database contains the article. If IUCAT shows an "article" link, click this link to enter another database and view the article.
Getting Articles Not Available at IUPUI:
Get articles from other libraries with Interlibrary Loan. (This may take anywhere from 24 hours to 10 days.)
Keyword Search Tips:
Keywords are crucial and how you combine them is pretty important too. When you perform a keyword search in IUCAT or a database, you'll get results with the word(s) anywhere in the record.
- Tips for generating keywords:
Think about your search terms before going online.
Use vocabulary used in class or suggested by your instructor.
Brainstorm related terms and/or synonyms.
Think of as many relevant terms and combinations of terms as you can.
Try the databases' "Thesaurus" or "Subject Headings" features.
- Combining keywords
AND returns results with all of your keywords (to get more specific results; to get fewer results)
OR returns results with any of your keywords (for synonyms; to get more results)
NOT excludes results with a specified keyword (be careful using this one!)
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Last updated by jtrinosk on 12/12/2008