Searching the Catalog can be a bit daunting. If you use the search box on the front of the Libraries' website, called Search@UW, you will get results from ALL of the UW campuses. In order to limit to what we have physically, use the drop-down menu to limit to only those items UWM owns:
This can also be done from the search box inside the library website:
To limit further, you can use the Advanced Search
And then select your parameters
You can set your search type
and tell the system how you want it to search and don't forget about the other options
To sign in to your account so that you can renew materials or make requests from other UW libraries, look in the upper right corner for the 'Sign in' or 'My Account' links.
You'll see this and login with your ePantherID/PW
and you'll see the, by now, familiar screen
To see what you have checked out, any fines you have, requests you've made from other campuses, etc. Click on My Account
and you'll see this
Location, Location, Location ! ! !
Make sure that you look carefully at the catalog and identify where in the Libraries the item is located. An item might be in the general stacks, the reference collection, folio, compact storage, or even microforms. You don't want to go looking in the wrong place for an item.
The default search includes all UW library holdings in the results, so be sure to click on LOCATION to verify it it is here at UWM or if you need to submit a request through the catalog to have it sent here from another UW campus (takes 2-3 days, generally).
Your Personal Record --
Renew your materials, see if you owe fines, check to see if a recalled item is available.
Which library resource is best?
It depends on the research needs, which vary with the project, subject, and other factors.
|... need articles from journals on a particular topic,||try the Databases A-Z link, or the Databases by Subject links on the Libraries’ home page. See Articles, Journals, Databases for more ideas.|
|... have a citation to a particular article,|
|....need books or other items in the collection,||use the Search@UW, to look for most print materials as well as e-books, documents, DVDs, music and more. See Books and Media for details.|
Be sure to go to journals/databases/publisher sites through UWM web pages to gain the most access.
Why use an article database when I can go through the publisher web site?
Two important reasons:
more journal access and more powerful search capabilities.
Look for the symbol to help you locate a copy of your article. is also available in Google Scholar. (Choose UWM from the Library options in your Scholar Preferences.)
How do I find a call number on the shelf?
Follow these steps when you're looking for a book on the shelf.
How do I find a book's call number?