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UCF Library Catalog

The UCF Library Catalog locates books, multimedia, journal titles and other materials in the UCF Libraries. Here are some tips on searching the catalog:
Author or Personal Name Searching: Search by last name, first name (or first and middle initial):
  • Bush, George W.
  • Steinem, Gloria
Title Searching: While the entire title does not need to be typed in the search box, the title must nonetheless be in eaxct word order:
  • The American Scholar = American Scholar
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer = Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Subject Heading Searching: Requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The following headings suggest the range of topics that may be pursued:
Anywhere or Keyword Searching: Useful if you are unsure of the correct Library of Congress subject heading. Try using two or three of the most significant words from the topic for which you are searching. An Anywhere search will find all occurrences of a word in a library catalog or a database. What follows are some examples of Anywhere searches:
  • film and wom#n [finds woman or women]
  • child* [finds child, child's, children]
  • visual theory ["and" implied between words]
  • city or cities
Format Limit: To find multimedia (e.g., CDs, DVDs, videocassettes, etc.), go to the Advanced Search screen. Under "Limit your search further by:" is a drop-down menu for format:


Other Catalogs of Interest

A consortium of North American university, college, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions though interlibrary loan and electronic delivery. The UCF Libraries are a member of CRL.
Searchable by keyword for the full text of some books, magazines, and newspapers.
A catalog of library collections from the U.S. and around the world. It is the world's most comprehensive bibliography, with millions of records for books, periodicals, and other materials in 370 languages and covering information from 4,000 years of knowledge. It includes RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network) catalogs and the Union List of Periodicals.

Books in a Series

You can retrieve a list of books on various issues by searching the following series titles in Primo, the UCF Libraries catalog:

The Debatabase Book

An invaluable resource for debaters, The Debatabase Book "provides background, arguments, and resources on over 125 debate topics in areas as diverse as business, science and technology, environment, politics, religion, culture, and education... Each entry presents: the topic; an introduction placing the question in context; arguments pro and con; sample motions; and web links and print resources for further research" (publisher's blurb). Among the topics included: Arizona's immigration law, corporation rights during elections, deep-sea drilling, Congressional redistricting, local food movement, Iran's right to possess nuclear weapons, and soft drink/junk food tax.

Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service enables current UCF students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials — such as books and journal articles — from other libraries that are not available at the UCF Libraries.