You can now search both the U of I Library Catalog and the I-Share Union Catalog with user interface software called VuFind. The I-Share Union Catalog has replaced the classic Voyager Universal Catalog as the public user interface to the I-Share libraries holdings.
What can you do in VuFind?
- single search box
- search by author, title, subject, and keywords
- "text me this call number"
- request items from U of I and from the I-Share libraries
- create your own logon and username
- view and update "My Account"
- use Zotero to save and tag records
- find reviews in Google Book Search
Creating an account and logging in
- Click the Login button at the top right of the screen.
- Click "Create New Account."
- Enter all requested information. Entering your 14-digit library patron barcode in the Library Catalog Profile allows VuFind to connect your VuFind login and password to your Voyager account.
- If you forget your VuFind login or password later on, you can set up a new login and password linked to your 14-digit library patron barcode.
- The "My Account" information that displays in VuFind is the same information that displays in the Voyager catalog.
Placing a request
- You must be logged in to place a request.
- Click "Request 1st Available" on the record display screen or click "Request Item" to select a specific copy.
- Be sure to select a pickup library and a pickup location.
- The I-Share Union Catalog displays location and holdings for up to five randomly selected I-Share libraries that have available copies. This is followed by links to all I-Share libraries that own the item, whether or not they have an available copy.
What can't you do in VuFind?
- search by call number
- limit searches by local library unit
- export to RefWorks or EndNote
What are facets?
- VuFind uses faceted searching. Facets allow you to narrow a broad set of search results into smaller sub-sets of items that share a common element.
- Facets appear on the right sidebar on the search results page.
- Some common facets are: author, title, language, and format.
- Some VuFind facets are not as obvious. The Subject Area facet is based on the 050 field in the bib record (LC call number). The Topic, Genre, Era, and Region facets are based on various 6xx fields in the bib record.
Why are search results different in VuFind and Voyager?
- VuFind bibliographic data is a little older than the data you see in Voyager. VuFind bib data in the UIUC catalog is current as of 7 PM yesterday. I-Share Union Catalog data is current as of 7 PM the day before yesterday. Holdings and item status information in VuFind is current up to the minute.
- VuFind and Voyager index bib data differently. Search results will often not be exactly the same.
- VuFind is more compliant with accessibility standards than Voyager. Users who rely on screen readers and other adaptive technologies will have an easier time with VuFind.