► Is a search platform with ONLINE TEXTS (and print ones as well)
► Covers a broad range of research TOPICS
► It includes academic and other sources TYPES relevant to the needs of researchers
► Has FILTERS that make sorting through sources convenient and easy!
Image Caption: On the left, The Library home page search box. On the right, The Library Search homepage.
Depending on where you begin your search (Library home page or the Library Search itself) this may affect how you employ the following things:
Search. Simply enter your keywords as you would on a search engine like Google.
► Try a keyword search;
► Add or remove words as needed;
► If a word doesn't seem to be working replace it with a synonym.
► Search is iterative. The more you learn about a topic the more confident you'll become with your searches. If you're not feeling confident after a day or so, let one of us at the library know [link to appointments]
Sign in. This truly depends on where you start your search. Signing in provides you with access to materials that are available only to UCSC students and other affiliates. The moment you have a chance, Sign in:
► Look for the yellow banner reminding you to sign in, or
► Look for the Sign in link in the upper right hand corner.
Results. Results can be overwhelming. Or maybe you only look at the first page of results anyway. Notice:
► The results count;
► LOAD MORE RESULTS link at the end/bottom of the results.
Filters. Are your friend. Use these to focus your results. Filters to make note of:
► SHOW ONLY: "Peer Review" & "Open Access"
► RESOURCE TYPES: "Articles," "Book Chapters," "Books," "Newspaper articles," "Images" and MANY OTHERS
Access. Some things will be available online only and some will be available in the library only (for you to check out).
► Available online and follow the links provided
► For physical items in the library, look for a call number to be able to find these
Library search should provide sufficient research materials for most student research projects. Reasons to use different database:
Start by findind a database in your discipline or subject:
Some frequently used databases include:
Take the Academic Search Complete Tutorial!
This tutorial provides an intro to this multidisciplinary database. This database includes articles from a broad range of topics, many with full text. After completing this tutorial you'll be able to:
cite and email search results to yourself