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What is QuickSearch?


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QuickSearch is a powerful discovery tool that allows you to search most of Sacred Heart University Library's resources from one search box. Since QuickSearch provides seamless access to millions of articles, books, eBooks, and streaming videos, you can quickly find relevant information on your research topic. For more help regarding what content is included in QuickSearch and how to use this discovery tool, please see the information below.

Please note: QuickSearch can be a useful tool, especially at the beginning of your research; however, for more in-depth research, you will also want to visit the subject specific databases individually.

Using QuickSearch


QuickSearch Video Tutorial

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QuickSearch

In this short video, you will learn about QuickSearch and a number of features designed to help you as you begin your research.

QuickSearch is a powerful tool that allows you to search most of Sacred Heart University Library’s resources from one single search box. It provides seamless access to the SHU Library catalog, Digital Commons @SHU, and most of our article databases, including Academic Search Premier, CINAHL Complete, and Business Source Premier. For a full list of the resources being searched, click on the “What is QuickSearch?” link in the QuickSearch box on the library homepage.
What is QuickSearch link in the main QuickSearch box

As you begin researching your topic, enter your search term in the QuickSearch box and click “Search” to be brought to the main results page.
QuickSearch search

While searching all these resources at once can be a time saver as you begin your research, the sheer number of results can be overwhelming. For this reason, QuickSearch has a number of built-in tools that can help you narrow down to just the information that you need.

One of the first things you may notice is the box above the first result. This is the Research Starter box that displays a link to reference materials relevant to your search term. This content provides you with basic information and may help you narrow the scope of your search.
Research Starter box with reference information

When you search a general keyword, you may see a box in between search results #7 and #8 with recommendations for our Research Guides and for subject specific databases. This box is meant to guide you to more information as you continue to refine your research.
SpringShare placard between results #7 and #8 with links to Research Guides and Databases

Another tool in QuickSearch can help if you are searching for a specific journal title that publishes articles in your subject area. When you search a word or phrase that is also a journal title, you may see a Journal search box appear at the top of your results. By searching within this box, you will find results from that specific journal title.
Publications search box

If you are already relatively comfortable with the subject you are searching, you can always narrow down your results with a variety of limiters down the left side of the results page. These limiters include ones for Full Text, Peer Reviewed articles, Books, Date, and Subjects.
Quick Search Limiters on left side of page

If you feel like you need some help as you are using QuickSearch and its tools, you can always chat with one of our librarians. Simply click on the blue “Ask Us” button on the top right side of the screen. This will start a new chat session with a librarian who will help you with your research. Our chat hours are the same as our Ask a Librarian hours.
Ask Us Chat Box on right side of page

For further assistance with QuickSearch or any other questions, feel free to contact us at the library!

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QuickSearch: Articles Video Tutorial

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QuickSearch: Articles

In this short video, you will learn how to quickly find articles in QuickSearch.

QuickSearch is a powerful tool that allows you to search most of Sacred Heart University Library’s resources from one single search box. It provides seamless access to the SHU Library catalog, Digital Commons @SHU, and most of our article databases, including Academic Search Premier, CINAHL Complete, and Business Source Premier. For a full list of the resources being searched, click on the “What am I searching?” link in the QuickSearch box on the library homepage.
QuickSearch box

To begin, simply type your search terms into the QuickSearch box on the library’s homepage and click Search.
QuickSearch search

This will bring you to the results page. It is important to remember that QuickSearch will retrieve results in a wide variety of formats, including journal articles, books, DVDs, streaming videos, and more.

If you are just looking for journal articles, you can use the options along the left-side of the page to narrow down your results. Click the “Academic Journals” checkbox under “Limit by Source Type” to view just academic journal article results.
Limit by Source Type Limiter

Sometimes you will need to use peer-reviewed articles for your research. To see just the peer-reviewed articles in the results, keep the “Academic Journals” limiter on and click on the “Peer Reviewed” checkbox under the Limit To section. Now all your results are peer-reviewed, academic journal articles.
Limit To Limiter

Many of these results will have links directly to the PDF or links to the full text in specific database.
PDF Full Text Link

However, some results might not have the full text readily available. In these cases, click the Full Text Finder link, which will check for the full text in all our resources.
Full Text Finder Button

If it finds full text access somewhere, it will take you directly to the full text or to a journal page where you can browse to the article. If it does not find it, you can follow the "Request Item” link to our Interlibrary Loan service so we can try to get the article from another library at no cost to you.
Request this item link to Interlibrary Loan

For further assistance with QuickSearch or any other questions, feel free to contact us at the library!

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QuickSearch: Books Video Tutorial

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QuickSearch: Books

In this short video, you will learn how to quickly find books in QuickSearch.

QuickSearch is a powerful tool that allows you to search most of Sacred Heart University Library’s resources. For a full list of the resources being searched, click on the “What am I searching?” link in the QuickSearch box on the library homepage.
QuickSearch box

To begin, simply type in your search terms in the QuickSearch box on the library’s homepage and click Search.
QuickSearch search

This will bring you to the results page. It is important to remember that QuickSearch will retrieve results in a wide variety of formats, including journal articles, books, DVDs, streaming videos, and more.

If you are just looking for books, you can simply click the “Books” checkbox under “Limit by Source Type” on the left hand side. These results will include both books in the library and eBooks that you can read online.
Limit by Source Type Limiter for Books

To limit the results down to physical books in the library, click the “Physical Collection” link under Limit To. Each result will display the book’s location in the library, the call number, and the current availability of the book. Make note of the location and call number to find the book in the library.
Limit To Limiter for Physical Collection

If you would like to find similar books, you can click on a book title from the results page. Scrolling to the bottom of the page, you can click on the Similar Books section to browse related books in the library’s collection.
Similar Books Section in QuickSearch

Similarly, you can browse other books by the author by clicking on the Other Books by this Author section.
Other Books by this Author Section in QuickSearch

For further assistance with finding books in QuickSearch or any other questions, feel free to contact us at the library!

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Content


  • SHU Library Catalog
  • DigitalCommons@SHU
  • Academic OneFile
  • Academic Search Premier
  • ACLS Humanities E-Book
  • AGRIS
  • Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals (AULIMP)
  • American Doctoral Dissertations
  • Aphasiology Archive
  • Archive of European Integration
  • ARTstor Digital Library
  • arXiv
  • ATLA Religion Database
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • Biography in Context
  • Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)
  • Biography Reference Center
  • BioOne Online Journals
  • BMJ Best Practice
  • Books at JSTOR
  • British Library EThOS
  • Business Insights: Essentials
  • Business Source Premier
  • ChemIDplus
  • ChemSpider
  • Choice Reviews Online
  • CINAHL Complete
  • ClinicalTrials.gov
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
  • CogPrints
  • College Board Publications
  • Credo Reference: Academic Core
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text
  • Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH)
  • Digital Library of the Caribbean
  • DigitalNZ
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • eBook Academic Collection (EBSCO)
  • EconLit with Full Text
  • Education Research Complete
  • E-LIS (Eprints in Library & Information Science)
  • ERIC
  • eScholarship
  • European Union Open Data Portal
  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750
  • Europeana
  • Global Issues in Context
  • Government Printing Office Catalog
  • GreenFILE
  • HathiTrust
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text
  • History Reference Center
  • Hoover's Company Profiles
  • Index New Zealand
  • IndianJournals.com
  • Industry Studies Working Papers
  • InfoTrac Health Reference Center Academic
  • InfoTrac Informe!
  • InfoTrac LegalTrac
  • JSTOR
  • Kanopy
  • Latin American Open Archives Portal
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • LUNA Commons
  • Marketline Advantage
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • MathSciNet via EBSCOhost
  • MEDLINE with Full Text
  • Mergent Online
  • Middle Search Plus
  • Minority Health Archive
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • NASA Technical Reports
  • NBC Learn Higher Ed
  • Newspaper Source Plus
  • Newswires
  • OAIster
  • OAPEN Library
  • Open SUNY Textbooks
  • Open Textbook Library
  • OpenAIRE
  • Oxfam Policy & Practice
  • Oxford Reference
  • Philosopher's Index
  • PhilSci Archive
  • Primary Search
  • Professional Development Collection
  • Project MUSE
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Referencia Latina
  • Regional Business News
  • Science In Context
  • Science Reference Center
  • ScienceDirect
  • SciTech Connect
  • Social Work Abstracts
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
  • SSOAR – Social Science Open Access Repository
  • Teacher Reference Center
  • TOPICsearch
  • TOXNET TOXLINE
  • TOXNET: CCRIS (Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System)
  • TOXNET: GENETOX (Genetic Toxicology Data Bank)
  • TOXNET: HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank)
  • U.S. History in Context
  • USPTO Patent Applications
  • USPTO Patent Grants
  • Web News
  • World History in Context
  • ABI/INFORM Collection
  • Business Market Research Collection
  • ComDisDome
  • Coronavirus Research Database
  • Data Planet
  • Dissertations & Theses A&I
  • Nursing & Allied Health Premium
  • OT Search
  • OTDbase
  • PolicyMap
  • PsycTESTS
  • SciFinder
  • Sociology Database
  • Statista
  • Trip
  • U.S. Major Dailies
  • 5MinuteConsult
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