What is IUCAT, and which version should I use?
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OverviewIUCAT, Indiana University's online library catalog, provides comprehensive access to millions of items held by the IU Libraries statewide, including books, recordings, US government publications, periodicals, and other types of material. UITS provides the development and support for IUCAT. You can access IUCAT from any Internet-connected computer or device, whether in the libraries, on campus, or off campus.
There are two versions of IUCAT:
In either version, log in to My Account with your Network ID to see a list of items you have checked out, renew any of those items, or request delivery of resources from the Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF), a storage facility in Bloomington, or from other libraries in the IU system.
Neither version of IUCAT includes individual journal articles. You can search for the title of a journal to find the availability of print copies or a link to an electronic copy, if available. To find journal articles related to a specific topic, use one of the subject-specific library databases listed on your library's web site.Back to top
IUCAT includes a number of search improvements over the previous version:
- Campus-specific views focus on materials on a single campus.
- Results are listed in relevance-ranked order. The best matches
- Facets on the left side of the screen make it easier to limit a
large search result set to find what you need. Limit search results by
format, author, publication year, language, campus, library, and more.
You can also limit your search to material available online.
- You do not need to use a truncation symbol to get variant forms of
a term in your results. Words are automatically "stemmed" to allow
you to easily find these variations. For example, a search for
kneelwill return results including
- Advanced search screens allow you to focus and narrow a search
- The browser's
- Share a resource with others by copying and pasting the URL from
IUCAT into publications, emails, and other documents.
- Click a resource's title to see its description, and browse the
call numbers of similar titles in IU libraries state-wide.
Reasons to use IUCAT
Use IUCAT to:
- Find a known title. Relevance ranking places the best matches first.
- Search for electronic books, journals, and other resources, logging
in only when necessary.
- Limit a search to only online resources.
- Easily focus a search using facets to limit the results.
- Get help citing a work you find in the catalog through the
- Search by call number on the Advanced Search screen. Find a
useful resource and browse nearby call numbers across campuses and
IUCAT Classic is available for use and should remain so through 2014.
Reasons to use IUCAT Classic
Use IUCAT Classic to:
- Search for print materials on reserve for a class.
- Find musical scores and sound recordings from prolific composers.
- Browse subject headings to locate materials on a particular topic.
- Create a list of items that can be shared on a web site, in a
document, or in other locations.
- Search for materials in specific collections (e.g., Variations,
- Search for materials housed in specific locations within a
Note: To use IUCAT Classic, your browser must have cookies enabled.Back to top
Last modified on August 21, 2013.