Another option for finding library resources is Discovery Search which searches multiple databases simultaneously.
It is a great way to find articles, but that is not the only thing you can find there. You can also use it to locate books, eBooks, book chapters, and more.
This can be a real timesaver but there are a few tricks you need to know to get good results.
For more details, see the pages on Discovery Search in BUILD IT
The Discovery Search box is found on the library homepage. It will search nearly all databases simultaneously for all types of resources related to your search term. It can be a real time saver, or it can be frustrating, if you don't know a few tips for getting good results. Because of the large amounts of information it is searching, it may bring up thousands of scattered results. There are a few strategies for getting this under control.
Between these two steps, you will reduce the number of results dramatically, leaving only the most relevant. ones.
Are you looking for a specific article, maybe one that has been assigned, but have no idea how to track it down on the library website? The first thing to try is Discovery Search. Just enter the title of the article into the search box, enclosed in quotation marks, and it will likely bring it right up.
And there it is!
Tip. If the title is very generic, add the authors last name in the search box, for example, "global warming" Bell
The Advanced Search screen gives you more flexibility when setting up your search.
A search for a very general topic will bring up a very large, overwhelming amount of results. A search for "global warming" brings up well over one million results. This includes items that are available full text, as well as those that are not, from all dates. It also includes all manner of content, including books and eBooks, newspaper and magazine articles. streaming videos, trade publications, conference proceedings, dissertations, and much more. It would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack to locate just the articles you need.
Using the options in the left column to Refine Results will give you a much more focused list and will dramatically reduce the results.
Current Search. You may delete one or more of these Expanders to focus your search. For example, eliminate "Also search within the full text of articles" where your search terms may appear but not be the focus of the article.