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History B309/H309

This guide is intended for students in the course "Britain Before 1688". It directs students to resources that are helpful for fulfilling the research requirements of the course and briefly discusses issues of database search construction and strategies.

Using IUCAT to Find Books

IUCAT:  The Indiana University Library Catalog

IUCAT is the catalog for all Indiana University libraries.  Use this catalog to discover books available from the libraries.  

Logging in:

Be sure to log in to IUCAT, as logging in provides additional functionality that may be important to the success of your search.  Once you log in, click on the word IUCAT in the upper left corner to activate a search box.

Beginning a catalog search:

After logging in use the main search box to enter your search terms.  The drop-down menu to the left of the box allows you indicate whether your terms refer to any use of your terms (All Fields) or whether they refer to a book's title (Title) or author (Author).  Subject searching is not advised, as subject terms have a precise and somewhat convoluted structure.

Once you have entered a search you can use the tabs on the left side of the screen to limit your search in various ways.  As an example, you can restrict your results to specific formats (book, e-book, dvd, for instance), a specific language, or even a specific campus or library.

Is the item I want available right now?

Your search will result in a list of titles.  Click on the blue box that says "Availability" to discover if the item is currently available to check out.  If the LOCATION has the word STACKS in it, the book is on the shelf.

Creating a list of books to get from the shelves:

If you decide to restrict your search to a specific library you can have the call number (shelving code) for items you want sent directly to your phone as a text message.  You can then use this information when you come to the library to find the materials you have already identified. You will need to provide your telephone number and cell service provider to enable this feature.

NOTE:  This function is only available if you have logged in to IUCAT.

Again, clicking on "Availability" reveals this function.  Click on "text this call number" to send it to your phone.

Getting books from other IU libraries:

If a book you want is only available at an IU library elsewhere you can use the "Request This" button to have an item sent to the IU library of your choice.  You may need to click on "View all the available items and request options" to enable this feature.

NOTE:  This function is only available if you have logged in to IUCAT.

When you want to find an item on the Library shelves:

University Library and many other academic libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System and Call Numbers, not the Dewey Decimal System that you may have seen at your local public library.

At the bottom of an IUCAT record, you will see the call number and basic location for the item as shown in this example:

Indpls - IUPUI University Library (I-UNIVLIB) Location
P90 .G354 2006 (this is the call number) 1) Stacks

If the location for an item in the University Library collection says "Stacks" the item will be on the:

  • 3rd floor shelves if the call number starts with the letters A-N
  • 4th floor shelves if the call number starts with the letters P-Z

Reference materials, Current Periodicals, Microforms, and Government Documents are all in the Reference Room on the 2nd floor.

IUPUI's Philanthropic Studies Library is on the 2nd floor.

DVDs are kept behind the Circulation desk on the 2nd floor.

Special Collections are on the Lower Level

Library Maps

When you want to view an e-book:

Click on the link in the IUCAT record. For a demonstration, see the Viewing e-books Tutorial or ask for Reference Help.


If you are looking for full-text books that can be accessed and read online, then e-books are for you. Most of our e-books can be found by title in our catalog, IUCAT, but they can also be accessed or browsed directly in the database through which they are provided.