SearchAll FAQs

What is SearchAll?

SearchAll is a one-stop solution for the discovery of books, journal articles, audio-visual materials and digital objects.

What is being searched?

SearchAll allows you to search for physical items in the library, full-text articles, and archival digital collections all at once. You can also choose to show only books or only articles and use the “Refine my results” area to discover related materials.

Can I search by title or author?

Yes. If you know the title of a book, put the title in quotation marks, such as “catcher in the rye.” To search for author put the author’s name in quotation marks, such as “james lee burke.” For more search options, click Advanced. You can also conduct these searches in the Catalog.

Can I refine my search results?

Absolutely! You can perform a simple search and use the refinement options in the left hand menu on the results page to further narrow your results. You can also conduct an advanced search and set some preliminary refinements such as publication date, material type, language, and scope (i.e. Everything, Tulane University Library, Local Digital Collections, and Course Reserves).

How do I get to the full-text of an article?

Click the “View Online” tab just below the citation you’re interested in. This will open a list of one or more databases you can go to in order to retrieve the full text. If you’re familiar with TU Link in other databases then you already know how to use this feature.

How do I see what I have checked out? Can I renew items online?

If you’re starting from the Library’s homepage (, then login using the “Library Account” option under “My Account” in the upper right hand corner. If you’ve already begun searching, use the “Sign In” link in the upper right hand corner of the results page. Once you’ve signed in, select “My Account” to pull up a list of everything currently checked out to your account and renew online.

What is an e-Shelf?

After conducting a search, sign into your personalized account with your Tulane username and password. After signing in you’ll be returned to your results page. Clicking the star next to an item’s title automatically adds the citation to your e-Shelf. After making your selection, click the e-Shelf link in the upper right hand of the screen to access your e-Shelf. From here you can sort your citations into folders, export them to RefWorks or Endnote, or email them.

Can I print, save or export what I find?

Open the Details tab immediately below the citation and then click the “Send to” option to the right of the citation you can select the following options from the drop down menu: e-mail, print, EndNote, RefWorks, Connotea,

Do you still have Quicksets?

Yes! All of our basic Quicksets are still available in the Articles search option on the Library’s homepage. To have greater control over your Quicksets, go directly to an Advanced Search and select “Find Databases.” From here you can select and search multiple databases selected from an A-Z list or discovered through searching for keywords, database names, and subjects.

What happened to the catalog, the database list, and the e-journals?

They are still here! You can access the catalog and database list by selecting to search the Catalog or Databases respectively in the search box on the Library’s homepage. Most e-Journal titles are now searchable in SearchAll but you can still access the A-Z list by linking to it via the Quick Links box on the Library’s homepage just below the search box.

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