SearchPlus is the library's discovery tool. It searches most of the databases we subscribe to, plus the library catalog, all at the same time. Use SearchPlus to quickly identify secondary sources: books, articles, and chapters on your topic.
Type keywords for your topic. Your initial results list will be huge, but you can filter the results many different ways.
For academic assignments, limiting to scholarly, peer-review publications is a common requirement. You may also want to limit by content type or publication date.
Then look for the Full Text Online link, or the call number if we have a physical copy for you to check out.
What's the difference between SearchPlus and the library catalog?
The records in the library catalog are more general than SearchPlus:
To reach a deeper level of detail (chapters and articles instead of books and journal subscriptions), we subscribe to databases which have this data.
These databases are generally focused on a single discipline, like EconLit (economics), Music Index (music), and Biological Abstracts (biology).
SearchPlus brings nearly all these databases together in one search, along with links to full text content.
It's a huge improvement over searching multiple databases to piece together the same results.
However, to find materials in Special Collections, it's fastest to use the library catalog and limit your search to Special Collections.
That's because Special Collections contains physical documents only, no online content.