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UC Hastings Law Library Catalog Search Tips: Using the "CatalogPlus" Tab

This guide provides tips for searching the Library's Catalog (Encore) for books, and Catalog Plus for books and articles. It also explains some of the Catalog's "Advanced Search" features.

Difference Between "Catalog" and "Catalog Plus" Search Tabs

From the main Encore search screen, you will see two tabs: "CatalogPlus" and "Catalog."

When searching within the "Catalog" tab, you are searching the text contained in catalog record information for the individual print and electronic resources to which the UC Hastings Law Library has access.

Selecting the "CatalogPlus" tab allows you to perform full-text searching of articles contained within selected online journals, and to download them immediately, in addition to searching catalog record information.  While you may find relevant articles through searching "CatalogPlus," you should not rely on it as a complete repository of articles available through the Library's databases; most journal articles otherwise available to you through Hastings' electronic databases are not going to show up in a CatalogPlus search.

Searching in "CatalogPlus"

Searching in CatalogPlus is performed the same way as searching in the Catalog, itself: you may enter search terms (title, author, keyword, subject) in the search box . . .

. . . or click on "Advanced Search," for more focused searching:

From the Advanced Search screen, click on the dropdown menu to search specifically by keyword, title, subject or author.  You can also limit your search by format, item location, language, and year of publication:

Filtering Search Results

Once you have a list of results, you can refine your results by clicking on a number of filters, including: location, format, language, publication date, publisher, etc.  Available filters are listed on the left-hand side of the screen:


Downloading Articles

Articles available for download will provide a PDF link on the right-hand side of the screen:

You can also filter your results to show only those records containing items available for immediate viewing and/or download by clicking on "Full Text," on the upper left-hand side of the screen:

Determining Whether an Item is Available

Underneath the item title, you can view the format(s) in which the item is available: book, web resource, microform, etc. (if the catalog indicates that the item is available in microform format, ask a librarian to assist you in scanning the document):

Clicking on the item will show the item's location, call number, circulation status, etc.:


If an item is checked out to another patron, the "Status" field will show a due date:


You can place a hold on an item that is checked out to another patron by clicking on the "Request It" box:

Once the other patron returns the item, you will receive an email informing you that the item is ready for pickup at the Circulation Desk.