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Finding Books Using the Libraries' General Search

The Libraries' General Search box on the homepage accesses books, media, electronic materials such as ejournals and ebooks, and the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA).  

Tip: Sign in to get the most benefits from the General Search, including saving items permanently to your basket, saving queries you have performed, and using library services such as requesting items from other campus libraries.

Using the Libraries' General Search Guide contains search examples, help, and other information on using the General Search box.


Finding Books on a Topic

Start with a keyword search. Keyword searches look for your terms in the title, author, description, and subject fields.
To find only books on the topic, Refine Results to books in the left column


If you do not get any (or enough) results, your search might be too narrow or you might be entering too many terms (example: cigarette, smoking, health, teenagers, effects). Try to broaden your search by entering only one or two key concepts (smoking, teenagers).

If you get too many results, try to add terms to your search to explore a more specific aspect. For example, a search for "violence" produces over 10,000 results. Adding "media" produces still over 600 results. Searching "violence" "media" and "gender" together narrows the results to a (more) manageable number.

If you find books that might be useful, look at the subjects listed in the Details tab. Those subjects can be used to find more books on your topic.


Reading a Record

When a search is executed, a title list shows your results. Results are sorted initially by relevance, but can be sorted by date, author, or title.


The Find on Shelf tab displays the physical location of the item and its loan policy.  This will depend on your status (student, faculty, etc.)
How do I find a book in the Babbidge Library using the call number?


The Details tab provides more information on the item, and links to online versions, if available.


You Don't Have the Book I Need!

The library provides a free service for currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff called Document Delivery / Interlibrary Service (DD/ILS).

If the title is located at another UConn campus, Choose the Request from UConn option under the Find on Shelf tab.
1-3 days.  You must be signed in to use this service.

If we do not own the title you need:

Search and request using WorldCat; use  to get items that are online or at other campuses and libraries.
Delivery: 2-10 days.


Finding Books by Call Number

Have a call number?
Use this chart to find it in the Babbidge Library.


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