Searching Remote Databases

Your library may offer other resources to search, beyond your local library catalog. When you search multiple resources, the results are displayed in a single list.

You can search remote databases using keyword, phrase, exact, advanced, or Boolean search methods. (Your library may not offer all of these methods.) You cannot browse remote databases. The following instructions apply to keyword searching.

1. On the search page, Click Select Databases.

The Select Databases window opens.

2. In the Select Databases window, check the databases you want to search. You can select a category check box to search all the targets in that category.

3. At the bottom of the Select Databases window, click Set Databases to save the database selections and close the window.

The search page is displayed with the Select Databases option highlighted to indicate you have made selections, and a Reset option to cancel your remote databases selections. Your selections remain in effect until you click Reset.

Clicking Reset deselects (unchecks) all databases except the local catalog, and selects the local catalog.

4. Type the text to search for in the Search for box.

5. Click the Search by arrow symbol, and select a search field from the list.

6. To limit your search, click the arrow symbol in the Limit by box, and select an option from the list.

Your Limit by selection may not work with the databases you have chosen to search.

7. Click Go to launch the search.

Viewing Your Results

If you have selected more than one search target, the results are displayed in a merged list. If your search included the local library catalog, the search results list first displays results from the local catalog. Click Add Pending Results to add more results to the list. The number displayed at the top of the list changes as the results are added.

As results are being added from the selected databases, you can click Search Status to see the progress. A status window displays the total results for each database, the database status, the results pending, and the results retrieved. When all the pending records have been retrieved, the search bar indicates that all retrieved results have been added.

You can filter the search results list by database. The Narrow your search dashboard at the side of the page displays the Database facets list. Click a database facet in this list to filter your results to that database.

In the results list, the brief information for the title displays a database icon and the source database for titles found in remote databases.

Remote Databases in Follow-On Searches

Your library may provide automatic follow-on searches in specified remote resources when a search of the local library catalog produces no results. A message and link are displayed on the “no hits” page. You may need to click the link to determine if there are results in the follow-on databases.

The follow-on databases, and the local database, are also automatically selected on the Select Databases window. All subsequent searches use the selected databases, until you reset the search databases or end your session.