The UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries' catalog is the library database for finding books, as well as other materials, held in the UNC Libraries. The search box on the library homepage defaults to searching both Articles+Catalog, which gives you the opportunity to simultaneously see both electronic materials, such as journal articles and ebooks, from Articles+, and printed books, videos, DVDs and other local resources found in the UNC Libraries’ collections in one convenient screen of search results. However, if you would just like to limit your search to the catalog only, you can do that by clicking the Catalog link, found under the main search box. You can use the Catalog search box to conduct several different types of searches, including keyword, title, journal title, author, and subject.
From the libraries' homepage, you can also access the TRLN catalog, which will search for materials in the Triangle Research Libraries Network, as well as WorldCat, a union catalog containing the records of thousands of libraries.
When you conduct a catalog search, the catalog automatically searches for all the words that you enter across the most common fields, including author, title, and subject. The main catalog page also has a drop-down menu that allows you to specify which fields you want to search. For example, you could search for "Jane Austen" in the author field if you wanted books by Jane Austen instead of all the books about Jane Austen, which is what you will get if you do a subject search. A search anywhere will bring up all the books by and about Jane Austen.
The Advanced Catalog Search interface allows you to perform more detailed searches. Here you can search for different words or phrases in different fields. For example, you could specify that you want to search for the title Othello by Shakespeare.
The Advanced Catalog Search allows you to limit your search by library location, language, format, and publication date. The catalog automatically searches for all of the words you enter; you do not need to use the Boolean operator AND. However, if you want to do a more complex Boolean search, using AND, OR, and NOT, you can use the Boolean search box at the bottom of the Advanced Search page. You can also use this search box to look for variant forms of a word, such as color OR colour.