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How do I use LibSearch?

Last Updated: Jul 16, 2015  |  867 Views

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LibSearch is a fast and easy way to search books, newspapers, journal articles and trade publications on any topic all in one step. It is a Google-like way to search our library’s collection.

Start at our homepage at Enter your search terms in the search box in the center of the screen labeled “LibSearch”. Your initial search may retrieve a high number of results.

To make the list into a more manageable number, use the “Refine Results” options on the left side of the screen. You may want to check the first box under "Limit To," that says "Full Text." You may also want to check the box next to  "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" if you need scholarly, research-oriented resources. You can also choose to refine by "Source Type", "Publication Date", or "Subject"  and many other limiters.

Another way to sort the information is by using the drop down box on the top right side of the results list that says “Relevance”. The default setting is to display the articles most relevant to your search terms first, but you may also sort the information by date (older to newer or vice versa).

Articles that are available in full text may say "PDF Full Text" or "HTML Full Text." Click on these options to read the article online. Some articles will say "Check for Full Text." If you click on "Check for Full Text" LibSearch will see if other library databases have that article in full text. Sometimes they will and you should be provided with a link to the database or databases that contain the article. Other times it will tell you no results found. Once you have the article on the screen in front of you, there should be icons on the upper right side of the page that allow you to print, email, or save the document. If the document is a pdf, please use the pdf print tools, not the print option in your browser.

For more tips on using LibSearch, see our library guide at

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