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Search@CULibraries

General FAQ

General FAQ

What is Search@CULibraries?
What does Search@CULibraries search?
Why am I prompted to log-in to the new system?
How and why do I log in to My Account?
Does the Search@CULibraries work with citation management tools?
Can I still get materials from Summit and Interlibrary Loan?
How do I email or print my results?
How do I make a request for a specific item?
Will my Search@CULibraries session time out?
How can I find the most recent edition of an item?
What does “Not available” mean?
What are the Links on the left hand side of a record-display?
What is the versions link in the upper right corner of a record’s brief result?

Search FAQ

How do I search in Search@CULibraries?
I have too many results – how can I narrow my search results?
How do I find more resources on my topic within my Search@CULibraries search?
How do I search for and view an e-book?
May I search using a wildcard?
How do I search by ISBN or ISSN?
How do I perform more complex searches, including Boolean searches?
What is a search scope?
With what search types may I use the “starts with” (aka left-anchored) limiter?


FAQs

What is Search@CULibraries?

Search@CULibraries is the search tool for discovering materials in the CU Libraries and Summit Libraries’ collections. It includes books, articles, and more through a simple search box, allowing you to filter your search results in a number of ways based on your needs.

What does Search@CULibraries search?

Search@CULibraries searches any of the following areas: the library’s collections of print and electronic books, print and electronic journals, theses, media resources, course reserves materials.

Why am I prompted to log-in to the new system?

Available services are customized based on your status as a student or faculty member at Concordia University. Your Network Username and password (the same ones that log you onto the Intranet) will be your login for the new system. If you do not have a username and password you can continue as a guest.

How and why do I log in to My Account?

Users may click on the My Account link to renew items, check fines and hold requests. Once logged in, users will have access to other features such as e-shelf, saved searches, and alerts. Users will also be able to set preferences for number of results displayed and default email address.

Does the Search@CULibraries work with citation management tools?

Yes. You will be able to export results to various tools, although things may work a little differently than previously. More information will be forthcoming as this functionality develops.

Can I still get materials from Summit and Interlibrary Loan?

Yes, the same excellent collections are available to you, including books, articles, and more from the collections of the CU Libraries, our Summit network, and via Interlibrary Loan services. In sum, about 8.8 million items are available to you for checkout!

How do I email or print my results?

For individual records, click on the details tab and select the email option from the “Send to” drop down option. When there are multiple records you wish to send, begin by clicking on the tiny star (it will fill in with orange) to the left of preferred records to place these items on the e-Shelf. Select the e-Shelf link to view your marked records. Email or print selected items in your list.

How do I make a request for a specific item?

Locate the item you wish to request. Click on the Request tab. Once logged in, choose the Make Request option and complete the type of request that you want to make.

Will my Search@CULibraries session time out?

Your Search@CULibraries session will automatically time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. At that time, your session will restart.

How can I find the most recent edition of an item?

Once you have identified the title, click on the number of versions link at the far right. Doing this changes the display to show all versions of this title. Above the results, click on the sorted by drop down menu and choose date-descending.

What does “Not available” mean?

The item is not currently available for loan. Click on the Locations tab to determine the specific status of the item, e.g. on loan, on order, missing. You may be able to place a request for the item – see: How do I make a request for an item? for more information.

What are the Links on the left-hand side of a record-display?

Links appear on the left-hand side of a record display when additional information such as availability details, online access, table of contents, and abstracts.

What is the “versions” link in the upper right corner of a record’s brief result?

This link displays versions that are similar to the work in the record. For example, if your search results include a video for “Hamlet,”clicking on the versions link would take you to other versions of Hamlet such as a book, score or screenplay.

Search FAQ

How do I search in Search@CULibraries?

Simply enter one or more words in the search box and click on the Search button to retrieve results.

I have too many results – how can I narrow my search results?

Search@CULibraries allows you to apply a filter to your results after you have done a search. Notice the links at the left-hand side of the results screen where you can select to show electronic resources or available items or you can limit by Library, Collection Type, Subject, Name or Date.

How do I find more resources on my topic within my Search@CULibraries search?

Go to the “Details” record for any item that you have determined best fits your needs. Click on the “Subjects” line within the record to retrieve more items with the exact same topic.

How do I search for and view an e-book?

Begin by entering keywords on the topic of your choosing. Select Books as the type of item you are seeking before choosing Full Text Online from the top of the results display. Click on the title to connect to the full-text for the electronic item you want to view. If you want to view the item within the Search@CULibraries interface, click on the View Online tab. You may be prompted to log in.

May I search using a wildcard?

To perform a single-character wildcard search, enter a ? in place of the character position that has more than one possibility, e.g. wom?n to search for woman, women, etc. To perform a multiple-character wildcard search, enter a * in place of the characters that have multiple possibilities, e.g. cultur* to search for culture, cultural, culturally, etc.

How do I search by ISBN or ISSN?

This option is found on the Advanced Search page in the drop-down text menu next to Search Terms. You must enter ISBNs like this: 9780375847387. You must enter ISSNs like this: 1523-388X.

How do I perform more complex searches, including Boolean searches?

To search for a phrase, enter quotation marks around your search terms, e.g., “climate change”. To search for any specified words or phrases, enter OR (all in upper case) between the words or phrases, e.g. genealogy OR lineage. To exclude words or phrases, enter NOT (all in upper case) followed by the word or phrase to exclude, e.g. silver NOT gold. To group terms within a search, use parentheses around the terms, e.g. Shakespeare (tragedy OR sonnet).

What is a search scope?

A search scope is pre-defined to include topics, locations and/or particular sources. When selecting a search scope, Search@CULibraries is able to identify where the system should perform the search. You may change the scope of your search by selecting an alternative from the drop-down list.

With what search types may I use the “starts with” (aka left-anchored) limiter?

“Starts with” or left-anchored searches are those in which the search string is read from left to right exactly as it is typed. When results are returned, the expectation is that the titles will begin with the search string and anything else that may follow it. “Starts with” limiters are enabled for title searches only.