Quick Search Help

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When using the Quick Search, you are searching all of UTC’s books, ebooks, and materials like DVDs and board games. The Quick Search is also searching many, but not all, of our electronic journal articles, magazines, and newspapers. This is not a comprehensive search of all of our electronic subscriptions, but should get you started in your research.


For in-depth searching, visit one of our subject-specific databases.

diagram showing quick search contains all of UTC library's collection and a majority of our articles and databases

After doing a search, you may be prompted to sign in. Signing in allows you to see all borrowing options. If you are a UTC student, staff, or faculty use your UTCID & Password to sign in. If you are an Alumni or Community cardholder, you’ll use the barcode and your password will be your last name.

sign in button from Quick Search

  1. Start on the library's homepage, under the Quick Search tab.
  2. Type in keywords, title, author, subject, or combination of these and hit Search. Your results will appear, sorted by relevance.
  3. Use the Format filter on the left hand side to narrow to Books.
    • Sometimes, we have multiple editions or formats of a book. Click on the title of the book to see the call number and more information about the book.
    • When you see a book you like, notice the item's location, call number, and availability listed under the book's title.
    • Some of our books are ebooks. Click View Online to read.

primo finding books

To find articles using the Quick Search, type in a search for using keywords, author, title, or combination of these and click Search. Your results will appear, sorted by relevance.

Under the Format filter, click Articles. You could also narrow to just newspapers, if you only want news. Under Sort by, you can click Peer Reviewed to get just scholarly, peer reviewed content.

instructions on finding articles in Primo

When you find an article that you are interested in, click on the title to find the full text and more information. Here’s an example of the detailed view of an article:

Primo Detailed Record View

The library has a great selection of movies, both DVDs and streaming. To find a movie, search for the title or keywords and filter by format on the left side to Video. When you find a movie you are interested in, click on the title to see the location and call number.

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Effortlessly switch between the Quick Search system and Libraries Worldwide using the handy drop-down menu located to the right of the search bar. Putting your search in quotation marks will tell the search to look for that exact combination of terms and will help get you to the title more quickly.

Help Libraries Worldwide Screenshot

Under the Quick Search bar on the library’s homepage, you can access your account by clicking the green My Library Account button.

Library Account Sign-In Screenshot

In your search results, there are some helpful tools. You can save searches using the pin icon, email results to yourself, export the citation to Endnote, or use the built-in citation generator.

quick search tools

Placing a hold is an easy way to have an item from the collection brought up from the stacks and held at the Check Out desk for you to pick up. Once you place the request, please allow 24 hours for it to be filled. Once your item is ready, you will receive a notification email through your campus email address. If we are unable to locate the item, you will receive an email with instructions for how to borrow the item from another library via the library's Interlibrary Loan system.


  1. Search for available items in using our Quick Search system, starting at the libraries homepage. Be sure to sign in if prompted in order to place a hold.
    Primo sign in
  2. When you find an item you want, click on the title to see the item details. Under Availability, click on Place Hold.
    Place hold button
  3. A short form will come up that allows you to write in any special instructions or notes. Click Place Hold once more to place the request.
    place hold submit
  4. You will be notified by your UTC email when your item is available to pick up at the Check Out Desk on the first floor. 
Get Help

Don't hesitate to Get Help if you need it: we're happy to cover the Quick Search in more detail. Call us at 423-425-4510, leave a note via our contact form, or stop by the Information Desk on the second floor.