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, articles, theses, media resources, and course reserves materials.
How and why do I need to sign in?
Available services are customized based on your status as a student or faculty member at Concordia University. Your CU network username and password (the same ones that log you into Blackboard) log you into Search@CU Libraries. If you do not have a username and password you can continue as a guest.
Users may view account information by signing in to Search@CU Libraries, using the Sign In link located in the upper-right corner of the catalog screen. Click on the My Account link to renew items, check fines and hold requests. Once signed 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. We encourage users to sign in prior to searching, because many resources to which we subscribe are "search restricted", meaning that they are licensed to display in the search results only for users who are signed in.
Does the Search@CULibraries work with citation management tools?
Yes. Search@CU Libraries allows users to export results to citation managers such as EasyBib, EndNote, Refworks, and Export RIS.
Can I get materials from Summit and Interlibrary Loan?
Yes, materials are available to borrow, including books, articles, and more from the collections of the CU Libraries, our Summit network, and via Interlibrary Loan services. In sum, more than 27 million items are available to you for checkout.
What do the color-coded dots next to my search results mean?
Green dot = item is available at Concordia Libraries. Click on the "item status" button or "access online" button.
Yellow dot = item is available at a Summit library. Use the "availability & requesting options" button to submit a Summit request.
Grey dot = item is not available at Concordia Libraries or Summit libraries.
How do I request a specific item?
If the item is checked out from Concordia, then place a hold on it by selecting the "availability & requesting options" button, then the "request CU copy" link that appears. The grey dot next to an article means that it is not available full text. Select "availability & requesting options" to see if the article is available in Concordia Libraries' print holdings. If not, request the article via Interlibrary Loan.
To request an item that is available at a Summit library, select "availability & requesting options", then "request from Summit".
How do I email or print my search results?
For individual records, click on the details tab and select the email option from the “Actions” drop down menu. When there are multiple records you wish to send, begin by clicking on the star icon 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.
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 and you will need to sign in again.
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 filter your results after you have done a search. Use the facet links in the left sidebar after the search results appear, to narrow your results by format, location, publication date, subject heading, collection, and more.
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 operators?
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 are search scopes?
Search scopes are pre-defined to include 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 tab above the search bar.
Scopes include --
Books, Articles, & More: This is a blended search that combines everything in the CU Libraries' collections, Summit libraries' collections, and database content including articles, eBooks, and digital media.
CU Collections: This searches items at the FWJ Sylvester Library in and the Center for Volga German Studies in Portland, the GRW Law Library in Boise, the CU Commons institutional repository, and eBooks and digital media available online. Article citations are not included in this search. Users can choose a sub-location by selecting the CU Collections scope, then choosing from the drop-down menu.
Summit: This searches for items held by the 38 member institutions of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. These Pacific Northwest academic libraries have joined together to allow easy searching, requesting, and delivery of more than 27 million items to credit students, staff and faculty.
Course Reserves: This searches for materials held behind the library service desk for restricted checkout. Items are searchable by course name, course number, and instructor name.
More FAQs about Search@CU Libraries, databases, library services, and research strategies can be found at our FAQ site: Library FAQs