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Search FAQ

Search is like a traditional library catalog that use to find books with the addition of digitized and electronic resources such as articles from databases. It searches many of the libraries resources all at once.

You can find books, journal articles, e-books, news articles, digitized materials like images, and much more. It includes resources from the NDSU Archives, the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Institutional Repository, and Digital Horizons. You can also use it to find information that you would normally use an electronic database for.

You do not need to be logged into your library account to use Search. If you click on an article you find through Search or a database, you will be asked to log in to view the article.  Use the same log in you use for Blackboard and campus computer clusters.

There are several ways to search for only books.

  • Click on the link that says catalogue right below the search box. That will search only physical items like books.
  • Use Advanced Search and choose Books from the Resource Type drop down menu.
  • If you know the title, use Advanced Search to limit to the title by using the drop down menu to choose in the title.

Using Advanced Search, type the title into the search bar, and choose in the title from the drop down menu. You can also use the Find Journals link on the Libraries’ home page to access the Journal list. Enter the name of the journal into the search bar to see if the library has access to the journal for the date you need - this tutorial shows you how to find the article: https://library.ndsu.edu/tutorials/how-use-ejournals . NOTE: Unfortunately, there are databases which will not let Search access their resources which means there will be information you cannot find using Search. You can always access ALL of the content of one of our databases by using the Databases link on the Libraries’ home page to search your preferred databases directly.

  • Use quotes around your search terms if they are a phrase: “global warming” will look for the phrase, not each word separately.
  • Use Advanced Search to search for titles, authors and subjects, to limit the date range that you search for, and to pick the resource type.
  • Use the Refine My Results options to the left of your results to further limit your results by the subject, database, publication date or resource type. If there is a more options link, you can click on it to open a window that allows you to choose multiple options for limiting your results.
  • Use Show only on the left side of your results page to limit your results to certain collections like peer-reviewed journals or the NDSU Institutional Repository.

Search matches your search terms with citation information and full-text when available. It may be that your search terms were found in the full-text.

Last updated: 6/7/2017