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How to Use the Library Search Tool

Search for Articles Books and More


Library Search

Search is a new research interface on the Library's homepage that allows you to search across library collections then focus and refine your results according to your research needs.

From the Library's Homepageseamlessly search for materials previously held in the Library Catalog Cruzcat, including books and ebooks, journals, maps, government documents, films, musical scores, manuscripts and images, plus citations and full-text articles from hundreds of additional databases.

Library Search homepage

What is in Library Search?
  • Search Everything
  • Library Catalog
  • Articles & Databases
  • Course Reserves
  • Special Collections & Archives 
Material types:
  • Books and Ebooks
  • Journals & Scholarly Articles
  • Magazines, newspapers
  • Music, DVDs, and scores
  • Maps, images
  • Government Documents
  • Open access resources 
  • and more         

When to use Search

Search is helpful for:

  • starting research on an unfamiliar topic
  • doing interdisciplinary research
  • finding scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles
  • saving and exporting of records 
  • searching for know items
  • limiting search by format, discipline, and more

Search is one part of a complete search:

  • Although Search covers most of the library's holdings, some records in the EBSCO databasesmay not be included so researchers may want to search these separately to ensure complete coverage.
  • Primo does not replace subject databases but is a good starting point if you don't know which database or directory to choose, or when you search for multidisciplinary topics. See the Library's extensive A-Z List of Databases and Subject Research Guides for more options.