Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2017     Views: 56

Watch this video Getting started with Library Search.

Find information about Library Search

Key points about using Library Search

  • Searches the Library catalogue for books, eBooks and print journal titles.
  • ​Discover articles from eJournals and library databases.
  • Refine your search by full text online or peer review.
  • You can search it without logging in. You log in with your Manchester Met username and password when you link to an eBook or article. Students from partner colleges do not have access all subscribed full-text content.  
  • Just want free or open access content? Filter by open access. 
  • Off campus? Log in with your Manchester Met username and password in order to include citations and abstracts from the library databases Web of Science and Scopus. 
  • Want to expand your research to discover books and articles not available at Manchester Met? Select the Add results beyond your library's collection option.

What Library Search is not good for

Law. You'll discover some book titles and some journal articles, but many databases such as Westlaw and Lexis Library don't work with Library Search.

Library Search is designed to help you discover academic articles written about topics. If you want to check if the Library subscribes to an eJournal title and what years you can access use the eJournal A-Z instead. 

Website content, it will discover some but it does not compete with Google. Sometimes there are grey areas, eg for the Times Educational Supplement, Library Search will discover articles published in the main online newspaper. It will not discover articles published in the news section of the Times Educational Supplement website but not published in the main online newspaper. 

Library Search is not federated search. It does not do a live search of a library database. It will find many of the same articles and papers that you will discover when using a library database, but not all. If you are doing a systematic review, searching Library Search does not replace searching the library databases. Find library databases recommended by your subject librarian for the subject you research, teach or study

Up to date newspaper articles. It takes a few days for Library Search to update its index and it does not index the fast changing newspaper websites. 

Specialist databases for company information, market research, health information etc. Library Search can help you find the database but can't search the content of these resources, you will need to search the database itself. A-Z list of all library databases.