SearchAll - Basic Search

 SearchAll makes finding scholarly information easier than ever! To begin, just enter search terms and click the Search button!

Depending on your search terms, you'll probably see a large set of results. SearchAll is very good at returning a broad set of results for exploratory searches, like this example.

What makes SearchAll so powerful is the array of refinement options available. On the left of your results list, you'll see a "Refine My Results" area. Here you can refine your search results in a variety of useful ways.

 The first way to refine your results is by Resource Type, which is useful if you know that you want only books, only articles, or some other specific type of resource. At first, you will only see the top five Resource Types, in terms of the number of items retrieved. This list will vary based on your search, but will almost always includes books, articles, and journal titles. Click on Show more to display the remaining resource types. Then, to see only Books, click on the Books link.

 Refining your results by Topic is also useful. The Topic facet allows you to choose a more specific area within a broad topic such as renewable energy. This can help you identify a specific field of interest for a research paper. By default, you'll see only five topics in your results list. If more are available, you'll see "Show More."

 

Physical items,  such as books or DVDs will have a Location and a Call Number. The location will read Available at and then the book's location; in this case, the Howard-Tilton Stacks. Next the Call Number will be listed in parenthesis. The call number is a combination of letters and numbers which tell you where the book can be found. You'll also see the floor on which the item is located in the Howard-Tilton Library.

 

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