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Faculty Guide: What Are All These Different Search Options?

What are all these different search options?


The “Search” tab uses OneSearch as a discovery layer to search CSP holdings and CLIC holdings. Searching through this interface provides you with a general idea of a wide variety of resources that are potentially available to you. Searching through OneSearch allows you to search catalogs and databases simultaneously which makes it possible to see results for all cataloged books and database articles related to your topic. Your search can be refined to CLIC Resources or CSP Resources Only for local resources or expanded to provide you with world-wide results. The turn-around time for physical items requested from another CLIC school is 1-2 days. Keep in mind that OneSearch shows a sample of our complete article holdings; graduate and advanced researchers should utilize individual databases for more in-depth researching. Some items you find through a OneSearch search might have to be requested through InterLibrary Loan.



Subject Guides


Subject Guides” have been created by Departmental Liaisons to serve as a central hub for resources best suited to researching specific subject areas. A subject guide is the best place to send your students when they are beginning their research projects. This tab on the Library Homepage allows you to select a subject area and browse the guides within it. These guides are an easy way for students to navigate our various databases and find the ones best suited to their research needs. You can also work with your Departmental Instruction Liaison to design a guide around a specific topic or assignment



The “Journals” tab is also commonly referred to as Journal Search. Use this box when you know the title of the journal or periodical you want to find. Once you find the journal you are able to browse all the issues we have access to by date. You will not be able to search for article titles through this search box.



The “Databases” tab provides access to lists of databases in two ways. First, alphabetically for users that know a specific database they would like to use. This is useful if you are requiring your students to use a particular database for research, for example: JSTOR, ERIC, IBIS World, or ATLA.

Another way to browse our databases is by subject. This is probably the most common way students will browse our databases. We recommend that students browse databases this way when they first start to use our library resources so they become familiar with all the options available to them. As we regularly add new databases, this is also a great way to discover new resources applicable to your subject area. 

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