Using Library Search

Video tutorial

Library Search is the library's main search tool that looks through multiple databases and online records at the same time to bring you a wide variety of results. It's the one-stop shop for finding articles, e-books, streaming videos, as well as physical library items. Library Search is located on the University Libraries' homepage. Make sure you are signed in with your NetID to get full access to articles and helpful tools!

To get started, simply enter your search terms into the Library Search box. Be selective with your keywords and only search the essential key concepts of your topic. Visit the generating keywords guide for tips on selecting keywords.

Applying the filters on the left side of the screen (on mobile, filters are accessed by clicking on the funnel icon at the top of the search results) can help refine your results. For instance, "Peer-reviewed Journals" limits to scholarly, peer-reviewed sources only. The "Date" filter is great for finding current sources or limiting to sources published within a certain date range.

Saving sources is easy in Library Search. Use the citation generator (quotation mark icon) to copy the source citation in a variety of styles. (Always check the citations for accuracy!) Sources can also be sent via e-mail (envelope icon). Want to quickly save a source for later? Select the push pin icon to add it to My Favorites! Just sign back into your library account to access it later.