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How do I tell which records are from a Union Database and which are from a Z39.50 Target/Resource?

[Union Database] The Z39.50 Search Resources/Targets available to Guests/Patrons and ILL Staff at your library will depend upon your Administrative settings under Staff Dashboard > Pac Admin > Search Resources. Check-out our Configuring Search Targets Display Guides for more information on how to update your search targets/resources.

Watch a tutorial on how to add or edit your Search Resources/Targets for both patrons and staff. [No sound] Watch Video [7m30s ; MP4]


Within Illume you can search & display results from multiple available Search Resources (formerly called Targets) including the BC Union Databases (BC Union Catalogue, ELN Serials Cat and/or ELN Media Cat) as well as any available Z39.50 live resources. Don't see the targets you want available? Check-our video guide above or contact us for assistance adding them.

  1. Union Databases: We recommend libraries allow their Patrons and library staff to search our main shared union database, the "BC Union Catalogue". All libraries (except SFU, UBC, UNBC & UVic) submit records to our shared non-live union databases (UDBs). 
  2. BC Z39.50 Live Targets: We recommend libraries allow ILL Staff and/or Patrons to search the following live Z39.50 targets for BC libraries that don't upload records to our Union Databases: University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and/or University of Northern British Columbia). Please note that some of these libraries may charge ILL fees.
  3. Your Own Live Z39.50 Target: Libraries can also contact us to add their own live Z39.50 target if desired or available. This is only recommended if your library does not upload records monthly to the "BC Union Catalogue" union database. This can help your patrons & staff see all the most recent results live from your library (eg. Coast Mountaiin College below) to avoid requesting items you may already own.
  4. Other Search Only Live Z39.50 Targets: Libraries can also add other "Search Only" live Z39.50 targets available, such as Voilà or the University of Alberta. Please Note: While requests can be created from records found in "Search only" targets, our Illume (SHAREit V6) software can currently only send requests and communicate with libraries within BC.

Check-off all the Search Resources you'd like to display in your results and then enter your search terms! Please Note: Even if you don't check-off all the Search Resources/Targets to display in your Search Results, the system separately builds the ERTI smart-build lender list based on all the Search Resources displayed to ILL Staff (even if un-checked).


You can also distinguish union database record results from Z39.50 records in a few other places. Currently search resource/location information can only be found in the Full Details (within the record where it says "Found in:") or your History Information. In V6 the search resource/location information does not currently display on Search Results; but the vendor Auto-Graphics is working on adding this back in hopefully by the end of 2020.

If you want to only view the records from the Union Databases you can check-off just the BC Union Database(s) such as the BC Union Catalogue.

Lastly, if you'd like to know whether or not your request was created from a live Z39.50 record you can check-out the History Information located at the bottom of your request. For example in the request below, the first history entry has "Notes: Created from Z39.50 record by staff".

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns about creating your requests from Union Database records or Z39.50 records.