Sign in on the USearch homepage or the search results page using your NSID to see everything you have access to as a member of the U of S community. This login step is separate from logging in to your library account.

What is USearch?

USearch pulls together resources from multiple sources and displays them in a single list of relevance-ranked results (similar to a Google search). Unfiltered search results may contain: 

  • Journals & articles
  • Print & e-books
  • Conference proceedings
  • Newspaper articles
  • Theses & dissertations
  • Government publications
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Music scores
  • Images
  • Local digitized collections

Because it searches multiple sources, you may see an overwhelming number of results for your initial search. Use the filters on the left side of the screen to refine your results by format, date, available online, peer-reviewed, library location and more.

When should I use USearch?

  • I want to find books, articles, and other information sources about my topic using one search. 
  • I want to find a journal article.
  • I am starting my research and want to see what is available on my subject.
  • I want to start with a broad topic and refine my search.

Search results can include both items the library has and items you can get from other libraries using interlibrary loan.

USearch seems like it searches everything - like a Google Search for the library - but there are a few things it does not search including EBSCO eBooks and databases (e.g. Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, ERIC, and MEDLINE). A list of EBSCO resources the library subscribes to but are not found in USearch is available on the databases A to Z list (filtered by Vendors = EBSCO)


What is the catalogue?

The catalogue is a searchable record of everything the library has purchased or licensed. It searches most of the library collection including books, theses, music recordings, scores, and journal titles but cannot search for journal articles.

Everything that is in the catalogue can also be found in USearch, but there are some reasons you might choose the catalogue instead of USearch. 

When should I use the catalogue?

  • I want to find a book on the shelf in the library. 
  • I need to find something I can access today. 
  • I want to find reserves for my courses.
  • I want to search for a book or journal by title. 
  • I know the call number of the item I am looking for.

 Tips for searching the catalogue 

Databases - A to Z List

What is the A to Z list?

The A to Z List is library jargon for a list of all of the databases and other electronic resources the library licenses for your use. This is a separate search to help you find a database, then you can start your search for your topic from that database's interface. 

Some disciplines have major databases that are widely used by that community (e.g. PubMed in the health sciences). Other databases have information for many subjects (e.g. Academic Search Complete) or are focused on a specific topic (e.g. Early English Books Online). 

You can use the A to Z list to search for a specific database by name or you can browse the list to discover databases recommended for your subject.

When should I use the A to Z list?

  • I know the name of the database I am looking for. 
  • I want to search for articles or other online resources in my subject area. 
  • I need to find sources that are not available in USearch. 
  • I am doing intensive research in a specific subject area. 

Electronic Journals

What is the electronic journal search?

If you are looking for a specific journal title you can use this tool to find online-accessible journals that the library subscribes to. The library pays to license to more than 61,000 full-text online journals that current U of S faculty, staff, and students can access using your NSID and password.

This tool does not search for individual articles by title or author name. 

When should I use the electronic journals search?

  • I want to find journals that I have full-text online access to.
  • I know the name of the journal I am looking for. 
  • I have a citation to an article and I want to know if the library has online access to the journal it is published in. 

Google Scholar

Information about using Google Scholar and your U of S access to electronic resources coming soon