3 Tips for Starting Your Research with LibrarySearch

As you dive into research papers and projects this quarter, consider LibrarySearch as your first stop for books and e-books, articles, streaming media and other library resources. These tips will help you get the most out of the library’s search tool, and also keep in mind that librarians are here to help you find sources and suggest even more places to find the information you need.

What is LibrarySearch?

LibrarySearch is a tool that lets you search across many library resources, including books and e-books, journals and articles, online encyclopedias, streaming media, open access content, music scores, and more. Its broad scope makes it a great starting point for many research topics. And in addition to resources available at the DePaul Library, you can also use LibrarySearch to find and request materials from other libraries. To get started, type a few keywords into the search box on the library homepage and search Everything at DePaul.

Use Filters

After clicking the search button, look along the left side under “Refine results” to find many ways to narrow your search. “Resource Type” is useful if you know you need books, for example, or another specific type of resource like articles or videos. The “Availability” filter can also be useful if you need something quickly and only want to see articles that are available right now, either online or held at the library. If you need more recent sources, also check the “Date” filter.

Sign in

Be sure to sign in with your DePaul credentials to see everything that’s available to you, including full text links to e-books, articles, and streaming media from the library’s collections. When you’re signed into LibrarySearch, you’ll also be able to place requests for books and articles owned by other libraries for print or electronic delivery. If you don’t see a full text link, just look for the I-Share or Interlibrary loan button to place a request.

Try Alternate Terms

If your search results are not quite what you’re looking for or you’d like to find even more on your topic, consider using alternate terms or synonyms. Think about other words or phrases that describe your topic, or browse through your search results to get ideas for more keywords. To find more sources about plastic pollution, for example, I tried some additional searches using the terms plastic waste or microplastic. If you’re still not finding what you need, use our Ask a Librarian service to chat with a librarian for more ideas and tips.

For more help, watch this 3 minute video for a quick LibrarySearch tutorial or Ask a Librarian.

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