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July 18, 2006

UIUC Library Catalog Enhancements

Library users will notice several updates to the UIUC Online Catalog since Spring 2006. One of the most exciting is that you now can use non-Roman scripts such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, and Russian to search for library materials published in a non-Roman language. This is accomplished by choosing the desired language from the language toolbar on the library's public terminals. These scripts display better with the Firefox browser than they do in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Note that non-Roman searches may produce incomplete search results; at this time, not all catalog records for non-Roman publications include information in the non-Roman script.

Another change is that title searches can provide results for search terms found in chapter titles as well as in book titles. Note that not all records in the catalog include table of contents information, thus some searches will not include results from chapter titles.

Please also note that UIUC users can no longer use the I-Share statewide catalog to request items from the UIUC Library, unless they want to pick them up at an off-campus library. Rather, we suggest starting your searches in the UIUC Online Catalog (, where you can request items from UIUC - and then move to the I-Share catalog from the I-Share Catalog link, which is located at the top of the UIUC Catalog screen, if you need more items than you can find locally. Requesting items from other Illinois libraries through the I-Share catalog and requesting UIUC items through the UIUC Online Catalog both are unchanged: the only change pertains to requesting UIUC items through the I-Share catalog.

As always, feel free to contact the Library by phone (333-2290), online (, or in person at the Information Desk on the second floor of the Main Library if you have any questions about these changes or any problems searching for or requesting items.

Karen Hogenboom
Assistant Government Information Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
200-D Library
1408 W. Gregory
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone (217) 333-2472
Fax (217) 244-2058

Posted by Katie Newman at July 18, 2006 10:27 AM