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InfoKat Discovery

InfoKat Discovery is the primary search tool for browsing and finding materials from UK Libraries’ collections, and a great place to begin your research. InfoKat searches our libraries’ physical holdings together with a majority of the individual databases to which we subscribe.

Using the options on the left side of the screen, you can filter your results by:

  • Availability (online or in the library)
  • Peer-reviewed journals
  • Resource type (books, articles, videos, etc.)
  • Publication date
  • Subject
  • Language
  • Location on campus

You can also use InfoKat to request holds, renew loans, export citations, and set pick up locations for requested materials.

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For help using InfoKat, check out the following resources:

Our librarians are glad to offer assistance using search tools and developing search strategies. Click the yellow Ask Us box below to chat with a librarian or schedule a consultation for in-depth research assistance.

If you’re looking for highly specialized information within your discipline, you may find that databases are a more useful starting point.

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Find scholarly and peer-reviewed articles and book chapters by searching our catalog with InfoKat Discovery and filtering your search results by resource type, publication date, and subject, among other options.  

If you’re looking for articles on specific topics, try a keyword search or conduct an advanced search to narrow your results. Browse our journals or databases according to subject or discipline to find articles in your research area.

For more help searching for articles, visit our Articles page.


Find books, book chapters, and e-books by searching our catalog with InfoKat Discovery and filtering your results by resource type. 

Books are arranged in our libraries according to the Library of Congress Classification System, which groups items by subject. Use our Floor Maps to find titles by call number.

For more help searching for books, visit our Books page.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves may consist of materials owned by the library, such as books or journals, or personal materials owned by the instructor, including:

  • Photocopies
  • Lecture notes
  • Online resources or digital files

Reserves may be held in physical form at any campus library or provided in digital form through Canvas. 

Search for Course Reserve lists using InfoKat Discovery and your instructor’s name, the course title, or the course code.

For more help searching for course reserves, visit our Course Reserves page.

Music & Video

Use InfoKat Discovery to explore our comprehensive listings of online and physical audio and video materials. Many physical AV materials are also available for checkout.

  • To search through all of our AV holdings, filter results by “audio” or “video” resource type
  • To find AV materials available in digital format, select the “Full Text Online” search filter when viewing your search results

We also subscribe to dedicated audio and video databases.

For more help searching for music and video, visit our Audio & Video Recordings page.


UK Libraries’ newspaper collections include contemporary local, national, and international papers and historical papers from across Kentucky, the US, and the world. Search for newspapers or newspaper articles using InfoKat Discovery and filtering your results by resource type and publication date. 

InfoKat searches many newspaper databases to which we subscribe, including the Kentucky Digital Newspapers Database, as well as UK Libraries’ microfilm and physical newspaper holdings.

While many of our newspaper materials are available in digital formats, some newspapers are only available as paper copies or on microfilm. Our librarians can assist you with locating particular papers or finding articles about specific events, either in our collections or from other institutions via Interlibrary Loan.

For more help searching for newspapers, visit our Newspapers & Microforms page.  

Primary Sources

UK Libraries subscribes to a number of e-resources and databases that specialize in primary sources for historical research. To get started, visit our Finding Primary Sources Research Guide, which provides quick links to some of the most popular databases for primary sources. You can find more resources in our A-Z databases list. 

Kentucky & Regional Collections

UK Libraries also houses an array of archival and primary source materials documenting the history of Kentucky, Appalachia, and the Ohio River Valley region at the Special Collections Research Center. These materials include manuscript collections, university records, rare books, photographsoral histories, and more

Use ExploreUK to search our extensive holdings of archival materials, primary sources, and other rare and unique materials. Free and publicly accessible, ExploreUK is also your gateway for browsing the many archival and primary source materials that have been digitized.

For more help searching for primary sources, visit our Archival & Primary Sources page.


For help locating library materials of all types, including government documents, data sets, maps, and more, visit our Find Materials by Type page.

Resources Available by Subject

To explore UK Libraries' vast and varied holdings supporting academic and creative research across a broad range of subject matter, visit our Find Materials by Subject page.

For a deeper dive into library resources available by subject, browse our collection of research guides.

Need something UK doesn't have?

Interlibrary Loan

If UK Libraries doesn’t have an item you’re looking for in our collections, we can help you request it from another library using Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 

Request a Purchase

Recommend a book or other resource for the Libraries to purchase for our collections.