The library catalog and databases work differently than search engines like Google and Bing.
They won't correct spelling errors. They don't respond well to long search phrases because they do not search the full text of a website. Follow the tips on this page to get the best results from our library tools.
Zero search results?
Check your spelling. The catalog is very picky.
Did you search for a long phrase? Use the fewest number of words possible.
Too few search results?
Try changing your search terms, or search other libraries with Prospector.
Too many search results?
Add an additional search term to get more specific.
Use the Kraemer Library Catalog to find books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming movies, CDs, and streaming music owned by the library. You cannot find articles in the catalog! Need articles for your assignment? Search in a database.
Is our copy of a book checked out? Not enough books about your research topic at UCCS?
Use Prospector to search the catalogs of other libraries in Colorado! If an item you want is available, place a request and it will be delivered to Kraemer Family Library. You'll get an email when the item arrives.
Start your catalog searches for a topic by doing a Keyword search. A keyword search:
Why you should not start with title search or subject search:
Don't judge a book by it's title. Use the catalog record to determine if it's worth going upstairs to look at the book.
Use one book you like to find others! Any of these methods will help you locate books on a similar topic:
To find a print book, first identify the correct section of the library by checking the location of the book. Most books are in the "Main Collection" which is on the 3rd floor.
Reading LC Call Numbers
If you are unable to locate the book or the book is missing, ask for help at the Circulation Desk.