Search the LUC Libraries Catalog
The LUC Libraries catalog is your portal to the libraries' collection of books (physical and e-books), journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, streaming videos, databases, and more.
What You'll Learn:
Use the arrows below to navigate through this tutorial
CONDUCT A SEARCH
Use the LUC Libraries homepage to the right to find scholarly sources about zombies (yes, that's a thing).
How many results do you get?
REFINE MY RESULTS SECTION
That's a lot of results! Let's refine them using the Refine my results section on the left side of the results page.
Depending on your screen size, this section may appear on the bottom of the screen, like this:
FULL TEXT ONLINE
First, we'll make sure only items with full text available online show up (e-books, articles, streaming video, etc.).
All these items have full text available online, but a lot are not scholarly. The library identifies scholarly texts that have gone through the peer review process.
Now, all the results should have this purple icon:
You can also limit what type of materials show up. This helps when you know you are only looking for articles, only for physical books, only streaming videos, etc.
How would you refine these results to show only articles?
When you refine those results to show only articles, how many results show up?
EXCLUDE CERTAIN RESULTS
You can also refine your results to NOT include certain results.
Those are the most commonly used filters, but there are many others that can be useful as well.
*NOTE: There are a ton more options for refining your results if you use the Advanced Search menu:
Which of the following is NOT another filter option you can use to refine your results?
SELECT AN ARTICLE
To read and use an article, you'll have to see its full text first.
*HINT: You can also click on the green Available Online link:
VIEW IT OPTIONS
Details about the article should pop up. From here, you can see many links under View It where the article's full text is available.
*HINT: Be sure to always select a link that ends in (Lakeside Campuses), unless you are a student primarily on the Health Sciences campus.
*Also check the "Available from" dates on each link option to make sure your article will be included.
WHAT IF THERE ARE NO FULL TEXT LINKS?
Even if no full text links show up, you can still request access to the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
For more information about Interlibrary Loan (ILL), see the library's ILL FAQ or Ask a Librarian for help.
FIND AN E-BOOK
Viewing the full text of an e-book is similar to viewing that of an article.
With these filter changes, how many results were found?
SELECT AND VIEW AN E-BOOK
SELECT AND VIEW AN E-BOOK
The page that opens may ask you to enter in your username (UVID) and password if you are off campus. It will then ask you to identify your institution.
VIEW THE E-BOOK
Every e-book platform may be different, but there should be options available for you to read the book online or to download or print a certain portion of the book (usually 10-15%).
How many pages does the platform say are left available for you to print or download as a PDF?
SAVE SOURCES: BY EMAIL
Need to go back and look at this source later? There are a few ways to do this from the details page of an item:
SAVE SOURCES: BY PERMALINK
Another way to save your sources to access later is by saving the item's permalink.
Copy and paste the permalink for the "Theories of International Politics and Zombies" ebook here:
SAVE SOURCES: BY CITATION MANAGER
Citation managers are a great, easy way to keep track of and organize your sources for all your research projects. The catalog allows you to choose from RefWorks, EndNote or EasyBib.
It's important to give the author/creator(s) the credit they deserve and help bolster your research's argument. Citing can be hard, but the LUC Libraries Catalog makes it a little easier.
*HINT: ALWAYS Remember to check the citation for accuracy before including them in your work.
You can do this using a site like Purdue OWL or by consulting one of the style manuals available in the library.
Copy and Paste here the MLA (9th edition) citation of the e-book "Theories of International Politics and Zombies Revived Edition."
We hope this tutorial has helped you feel like a master at navigating the catalog.
Let us know if you need any help while doing your research!
Ask A Librarian
Please help us make this tutorial better on the next page!
Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.
You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.