Help session scheduled on new Library Search engine

contact: Jeanne Baron
| WMU News
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Attend a drop-in session to learn about the new Library Search.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University is assisting members of the campus community in learning about the new Library Search engine, a simplified and centralized way to conduct research.

Introduced in May, the tool may be accessed via a search bar near the top of the University Libraries home page. Library Search combines the library catalog with hundreds of databases to provide expanded results for books, articles and audio visual materials. All items retrieved by searches should be available in either full-text or physical-hard copy formats.

WMU students and employees are encouraged to attend a drop-in session to learn more about the new search tool. The remaining session will take place in Room 2809 of the Swain Education Library and is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23.

About the session

During the session, attendees will be able to watch a research demonstration, ask questions of librarians and enjoy light refreshments. Those who bring their personal computer or mobile device also will be able to get real-time, hands-on assistance.

Library Search results may be easily refined using limiters that appear on the left side of the results pages. Examples of useful limiters include date; material type, such as ebook and dissertation; and peer-reviewed journals.

Search results also may be expanded to display material not included in University Libraries collections, but accessible using the interlibrary loan service. Individual databases may still be searched by using the Databases and Guides by Subject button located on the home page.

For more information, visit Direct questions to Michele Behr in the education library at (269) 387-5611.

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