Quick Search is a search engine that allows you to simultaneously search up to 30 selected library databases. For example, you can choose to search the Proquest Research Library, Ebsco Academic Search Elite, and JSTOR at the same time. Search results are returned in a common single interface. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Quick Search:
A: Two types of researchers:
A: The initial software purchase allowed a maximum of 30 databases to which we already subscribe, plus 6 free resources. The Advanced Search Screen lists all of the databases arranged in broad subject categories. The implementation team had to balance broad coverage and inclusion of most disciplines.
A: This is what happens “behind the scene:” Quick Search takes your search terms, and passes them on to the databases that you have selected. Quick Search retrieves the results from each database and displays them all together using a tabbed display which is the default. An interfiled option is also available (slower). When you click on the link for an individual result or article, Quick Search opens a new browser window/tab, and connects you into that particular database.
A: Quick Search is a ‘go-between’ you and selected library databases; however, it is a blunt instrument rather than a precision search tool. It has little control over how the databases are being searched. Therefore, you cannot do really complex, detailed searching. For more sophisticated searching, it is advisable to directly search each database individually.
A: This question is harder to answer because there are several possibilities; here are the most common problems:
A: There are three ways to use Quick Search. Your choice depends on how you want to search: Start by clicking on the ‘Find Articles’ tab on the Libraries’ homepage. Quick Search is the second option.
or Simple Search allows a simple keyword search
or you can choose to search by author, title, or subject by using the pull-down menu. With Basic
Search you may also choose more than one subject category of databases in which to search. See
A: While the databases are listed alphabetically on the tabbed results screen the database with the first viewable results is determined by the combination of Internet connection speed and vendor server speed. See screen below. Results from each database are grouped together; you can choose to see all results interfiled into one list (not recommended as it can take more time).
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