UC Library Search: User Guide

In this Guide:

UC Library Search is the single online library catalog for the UC system. UC Library Search combines everything formerly available through the main UC Davis Library catalog, the Mabie Law Library at the UC Davis School of Law, and Melvyl. Learn more.

Summer 2021 Changes

Old NameNew Name Function
UC Davis Library catalogUC Library Search
Seamlessly search materials from UC Davis Library and the entire UC System
MelvylUC Library Search Search the entire UC library system
MyILLUC Library SearchView interlibrary loan requests
UC eLinks
Get it at UC
Get it at UC button
Link to full text articles or eBooks from databases or Google Scholar

Step 1. Locate the item you are searching for:

(Remember to sign into your library account to access full scope of services.)

Search results with arrow pointing to one item in list

Click the link for your item’s location: 

Selected item with arrow pointing to link where user should click

Step 2. Click the Request link to go to the next page:

Then click the blue Request button:

Catalog search Request button

Step 3. Select your pickup location from the dropdown menu:

Catalog search dropdown menu to select pickup location

Then click Send Request:

Send Request button in library catalog

Step 4. A message will appear confirming that your request has been successfully placed.

Library catalog message confirming your request has been successfully placed

You can log into your account to track the progress of your request, and find out when your item will be ready for pickup.

Step 1. Locate the item you are searching for. Click the link to Check Availability of your item:

Catalog search for item from another library. Arrow shows Check Availability link.

Step 2. Under How to Get It, click Request through Interlibrary Loan:

Catalog link to request an item through interlibrary loan

Step 3. On the Resource Sharing Request page, enter any details about your request in the Comments or Parts field. If none, write N/A (not applicable). This space cannot be left blank. 

Catalog page for Resource Sharing Request

Step 4. Confirm your preferred pickup location and click Send Request.

Catalog search form showing preferred pickup location dropdown menu and Submit Request button

Step 5. A message will appear confirming that your request has been successfully placed.

Library catalog message confirming your request has been successfully placed

You can log into your account to track the progress of your request, and find out when your item will be ready for pickup.

From library databases and Google Scholar:

Get it at UC buttonTo access full-text articles and ebooks directly from databases (e.g., PubMed, JSTOR, Web of Science) and Google Scholar, click the Get it at UC button. If you are not on campus, be sure to connect to the library VPN to access your article.


From UC Library Search:

Step 1. To start an Advanced Search, click the Advanced Search button to the right of the search field.

Click Advanced Search link from the main page of the library catalog

Step 2. Enter your search terms. Select All Material Types from the dropdown menu to get Articles.

Step 3. After choosing an article from your search results, click Download PDF. You must be signed in to access most articles.

Click the link to Download PDF for your selected article

Troubleshooting

If you have difficulty accessing an article that UC Library Search says is Available Online, please use the Report a Problem link so we can help you. (See the Troubleshooting section below to learn how to report a problem.)

Step 1. To find UC Davis items by library location, start an Advanced Search: 

Click Advanced Search link from the main page of the library catalog

Step 2. Click the Local Catalog button. As you hover your mouse over this button, a pop-up will appear that confirms you are searching UC Davis resources.

Step 3. Use the location dropdown tab to select the library location you would like to search. Only materials at that location will display in your search results.

 

 

If you need help at any point, you can click the link to Report a Problem. 

Library catalog link to Report a Problem

Our librarians are also here to help.

Email us at uclibrarysearch@ucdavis.edu if you have questions about how to use UC Library Search.