Library Catalog - Frequently Asked Questions

[Quick Guide to the Library Catalog] [Title Search] [Author Search] [Keyword Search] [Subject Search]

  1. Can I find magazine and journal articles in the library catalog?
    No. You cannot look up individual articles in the catalog. However, you can look up journals and magazines by title to see if we own and/or subscribe to them. Search for a title using a keyword or phrase in the Periodical Title or use a BROWSE search to locate the exact title.
  2. Do I have to erase my search in order to refine it?
    No. Use the Go Back button to amend your search without losing your search terms.
  3. I want information about an author. When I do an author search I only get books by that author. Why?
    When you want information about an author you need to perform a Subject search using the last name.
  4. When I type in: the grapes of wrath, I can't find the book. Why?
    When doing any title search do not use A, An, The (or their foreign language equivalents) if those words appears at the beginning of the title.
  5. When I type john steinbeck, I can't find any books about him. Why?
    Whenever you look for any information using a personal name, always start with the last name followed by the first name or first initial. (Example: steinbeck john)
  6. I'm looking for books in the Fairbanks Public Library or the UAA Consortium Library. Can I find them in the library catalog?
    No. The library catalog only lists books and other items located in the UAF system.
    To search for books in the Fairbanks Public Library catalog, go to
    To search for books in the UAA Consortium Library catalog, go
  7. I'm not sure how to spell a search word. Are there special characters that can be substituted?
    Yes. The catalog allows substitution of a missing character in a word with the ? symbol. For example, klond?ke finds records containing "klondike" or "klondyke." Missing characters at the end of a word can be replaced by the $ symbol. For example, librar$ find records containing "library," "libraries," and "librarian."
This page was last modified on March 15, 2013