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How do I choose?

Use this guide to help you decide which catalog to choose: IUCAT or the new IUPUI WorldCat.

  IUCAT IUPUI WorldCat

FIND

Books

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X

Books on reserve

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Films, CDs, journals, more

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Journal articles (60 million citations)

 

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Full records for Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives

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X

Most e-books

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Most e-journals

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Items on order

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Everything in IU Libraries' Catalog

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SEE

Non-Roman language scripts

 

X

Formats at a glance

 

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Correct citations for resources

 

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Persistent URL for any item

 

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DO

Request delivery from IU Libraries

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X

Request delivery from ALF

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X

Ask a Librarian a question

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X

Review/Renew IU materials you checked out

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X

Limit searches by branch library

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Search by non-Roman language scripts

 

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Bookmark, tag, write reviews

 

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Find/Request books IUPUI University Library doesn’t own

 

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Export to EndNote

 

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Create/Share reading lists

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to use IUPUI WorldCat?

IUPUI WorldCat is an alternative to IUCAT.It provides a number of resources and services that will be of help to you. It is easier when you use IUPUI WorldCat to limit and focus your search results. Results are listed in relevance-ranked order. That means a title search will more likely bring up the title you want in the first few results on the list. You can also use the facets on the left side of the screen to help you limit your search by author, format, genre, topic, language, or date. You can use more than one of these limits at a time. Users who work in languages using non-Roman scripts, such as Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Russian can search for titles using a special language keyboard that types in those scripts. You can find articles from 6 different journal indexes in IUPUI WorldCat and link to full text of the articles if these are available to us. You can request that we deliver a book or other item for you from another IU library (using Request Delivery) or from another library outside of IU (through interlibrary loan) with just a few clicks. You can also find the citation for an item in IUPUI WorldCat to include in your bibliography or export citations to EndNote.

Will IUPUI WorldCat take the place of IUCAT?

IUPUI WorldCat will not take the place of IUCAT in the near future. It does not, at present, include all of the materials that you can find in IUCAT. IUPUI WorldCat does not allow users to look for materials on class reserve by their course number or instructor. Books that are on order do not appear in IUPUI WorldCat. If you are looking for an electronic book, journal or database, you will want to use IUCAT. IUCAT lists all of the electronic books and journals we purchase. Specialized research materials such as the rare books in the Lilly Library are not well represented in IUPUI WorldCat. Searches cannot be limited to a specific IU library.

I have a keyboard on my computer that allows me to look for the non-Roman characters in Chinese (or Japanese or Russian or Arabic or other languages that use a non-Roman script). It does not work when I search IUCAT. Will it work to search IUPUI WorldCat?

IUPUI WorldCat will allow you to search in non-Roman languages using specialized computer keyboards for languages that do not use a Roman script.

I need to look for a book (or video or other item) on reserve for my class? Can I use IUPUI WorldCat to do this?

When you search in IUPUI WorldCat for a specific book or other item, IUPUI WorldCat will show you when it is on reserve. But you cannot search in IUPUI WorldCat to find all of the items on reserve for a particular instructor or course number or course title. Use IUCAT to search for materials on reserve.

I am looking for an electronic journal that I know IUPUI University Library gets. Why can’t I find it in IUPUI WorldCat?

At present most of our electronic journals are not listed in IUPUI WorldCat. If you find a journal title or an article, click on the button that says Check for Electronic Resources. If we have access to an electronic version of the journal, it will often display in the resulting screen. In many cases, however, the electronic journal is not listed in IUPUI WorldCat. If you know or suspect that the journal you need is available online, search for it in IUCAT. We expect this problem to be fixed later this spring.

I am looking for electronic books, but I can’t find a title in IUPUI WorldCat that I know is owned by IUPUI University Library? Why not?

IUPUI WorldCat does not, at present, include all of the electronic books purchased for use by IUPUI University Library users. We are waiting for the company that provides IUPUI WorldCat to make additional agreements with publishers of electronic books. The one major exception is the set of books we purchase from a company called NetLibrary. Use IUCAT to search for electronic books.

Last updated by andjsmit on 03/23/2009