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How to Search the Library and Databases

Learn how to search effectively in library catalogs and databases

Start From the Library Homepage

The library’s website is a great place to start your research. Here is a breakdown of the different search tools available directly on the library's homepage.

The top search bar is labelled "Start Your Search". Use this search engine (sometimes referred to as the "Discover" search) to search across nearly all of our 300 databases and the Leatherby Libraries catalog. Your results will include journal articles, e-books, physical books, and even photos and videos. If you're doing research for an assignment and you need to use peer-reviewed journal articles, this is the best place to start. Simply enter in some keywords based on your topic and click Search to see your results. In the next section, we’ll explore this powerful search tool in detail.


Discover search box


The middle search box is for the library catalog. This will search for physical items such as books, movies, and reference titles, as well as some e-books.


The library catalog search box.


The bottom search box is for the Journal A-Z List. This resource can be used to determine if we have access to a particular journal or newspaper. It can also be used to read entire issues of any journal we have access to. Please note that this is used to search for entire journals and newspapers rather than individual articles. To perform a search for articles using keywords, use the "Start Your Search" tool instead.


The Journal A-Z list search box. 

At the bottom of the page are some additional ways to access the many databases offered by the Leatherby Libraries. We encourage you to take some time to explore these on your own!


Search databases by title or subject.