SEEKER - the Library's new search service - is now available
It's a whole new way of finding information. Searching made simple
No need to know which of the Library's online databases will be useful to you - just search and find
What is SEEKER?
SEEKER is a new search service which allows you to do a single search across most of the Library's resources
- the many online databases (which provide e-journal articles, newspaper reports, newswires, conference proceedings, e-books, book reviews, open access material, theses, and much more), and also SAULCAT, the Library catalogue.
Search in SEEKER and you'll retrieve details of relevant print and online resources quickly and easily.
* SEEKER searches across most of the Library's online databases eg. America: History and Life, ATLAReligion, Econlit, Emerald, Historical Abstracts, JSTOR, MEDLINE, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, ScienceDirect, Web of Science, and many more
How to access
On-campus access is seamless - access details are not required. Off-campus access - login with your University account details.
You may also need to login to access some of the full-text search results, though this will vary according to which database the results come from.
remember that you will still only have access to the full-text of resources that the Library subscribes to
Does SEEKER replace SAULCAT and online databases?
SEEKER offers a quick and simple method of searching multiple e-resources, and searches across many of the Library's databases, and SAULCAT.
However, if you only want to check to see if a book or journal is held, then SAULCAT will give you this information quickly; you can either search SAULCAT, as usual, or restrict your search in SEEKER to SAULCAT items only.
To broaden your search and retrieve a much wider range of relevant material from not just SAULCAT, but also the wide range of scholarly online databases bought by the Library, then use SEEKER. Try the same search in both, to see the wide difference in the number of results you get.
In addition, most databases offer specialised functionality which is
important for in-depth research, so although SEEKER will be extremely helpful
for quick searching, there may be occasions where you will prefer to
use the specialised, additional functionality offered by individual
SAULCAT, the Databases A-Z page and the E-Journals page will continue to be available, and are linked into from SEEKER.
Any databases which are not included in SEEKER should be searched as normal, via the links on SAULCAT or the Databases A-Z page.
Using Basic Search in SEEKER, you can:
- do a single search across a large number of the Librarys e-resources - online databases, e-journals and e-books, SAULCAT, etc - all will be searched at the same time
- most of the Library's online databases are searched, and more databases will be added soon
- you can search by Title or Keyword or Author
- or search within the full-text of articles
- or you can choose to search in SAULCAT only
Using Advanced Search, you can:
- try more complex combinations of search terms
- limit your search results in various ways
- - to online full-text
- - to scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals
- - to items available to you (either in print or online)
- - by the location of the print item eg Main Library, JF Allen Library, etc
- - or to search results containing photographs, illustrations, diagrams
- - or restrict your search by author - or publication date - or language of publication, etc
- and much more
You can customise your search results:
- change the layout of your search results page to suit you
- choose to see Brief or Detailed search results
- and sort them in various ways - by author, date, relevance, database, etc
- change the number of search results per page
- select the citation format you want to save your search results in - APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, Vancouver, etc.
- and also the settings for exporting your search results to EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, RefWorks, etc
- you can also select the format of your results for e-mailing
and you can personalise your SEEKER experience:
- sign in to create and access your personal account. This allows you to:
- - create notes, save bookmarks, images, permanent links, videos, etc
- - organize your search results into folders
- - share your folders with others
- - or view other shared folders
- - save and retrieve your search history
- - create email alerts and/or RSS feeds for new material being added, of interest to you
- - access your saved search results from off-campus
- ... and save your preferences