Here are the entry points to each of the Library's main search tools, and an overview of how you can use them for your research. Research proceeds from the general to the more specific, and the order of these tools reflects that trajectory. Encore provides the most general search, while the "classic" library catalog, the databases, and, especially, the journal search provide more nuanced and specific searches. Every search has its place, depending on your needs.

Encore is the place for general searches. With a single search, you can find all of the Library's materials, including articles. Use key words and phrases that you pull from your assignments or other sources to create a search.

The "classic" catalog can be used for keyword searches, much like Encore. However, it is also useful for "known item searches." If you know the title or author of a book, for instance, the catalog makes it very easy to search. Once again, you may use key words or phrases to build a search. But you can also rely on footnotes and bibliographies to find specific sources for which you can search.

Use the databases to find articles. Keep in mind, that there are different kinds of databases ranging from general interest (JSTOR or Academic OneFile) to discipline-specific (Access Science or Humanities Full Text) to subject-specific (Making of the Modern World or Shakespeare Survey). Also remember, some databases are indexes and abstracts only. They still can point you to good sources, but do not provide full text. If you don't see full text access, look for Text@Mossey to find out if the Library has access through another source.

The journal title search within the catalog allows you to find out if the Library has access to a specific journal. If it does, this search will provide entry points to that journal in each database in which it is held and indicate whether any issues are in print. Once you are viewing the journal within a database, you can drill down by year, volume, issue, and page to find specific articles.

Mobile Resources

There are times where mobile access to one of these resources, or others, will prove helpful. Click here for some of the mobile resources that will be most helpful.