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This tutorial will explain how to navigate UW-Madison libraries’ catalog through the dropdown menu options.
When searching the UW-Madison Libraries’ catalog, you will find materials the Libraries have purchased, such as:
A catalog search also shows materials that the Libraries have licensed:
The default catalog search is set to include both UW Madison and UW System resources. To search only items at UW-Madison, select the “Limit to UW-Madison” option found directly under the catalog search box.
Additionally, by choosing the WorldCat link at the bottom of the catalog search box on the Libraries’ homepage, you can search library catalogs from around the world. From there you can use Interlibrary Loan to request an item be sent to any UW-Madison Library.
To search millions of articles licensed by UW-Madison all at the same time, go to the UW-Madison Libraries’ homepage and choose “Articles” from the drop-down menu above the search bar. You can search by topic search terms or a specific title by typing your terms into the search box that appears.
Although this is only a subset of the articles we have access to at UW-Madison, you can search through millions of articles using this option.
This search may be sufficient for some topics, but if you are completing an in-depth search or need many scholarly articles, you will need to use multiple subject specific databases from the UW Libraries’ website.
There are several ways to search for databases and articles within the database search function.
To find a specific database,
If you don’t have a specific database that you would like to use,
To find articles about a subject/topic you need information about, you need to find one of our 1000s of databases to search. For that purpose, try one of the links below the search box:
There are a few ways to search for journals as well as articles within journals.
To find a specific journal:
To find a specific article, you have several options.
If you have the article’s DOI:
If you have the article title:
The UW-Digitized Collections contain rare and unique photos, books, maps, recordings, archival documents, and more from across the UW, Wisconsin, and the world. You can search and browse items or collections.
Browse & Search UWDC Items:
To find a specific item:
If you don’t have a specific item that you would like to find,
You can also browse collections. Collections are organized materials that span a range of subjects including art, ecology, literature, history, music, natural resources, science, social sciences, the State of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin.