Howard-Tilton brings the power of discovery to library users
through its new next-generation search tool
This fall the library is introducing a new search feature that combines many of the library's resources in one searchable location. It provides a direct means of discovery for millions of books, journal articles, sound recordings, video recordings, archival finding aides, images, and much more. It’s called SearchAll and takes the form of a simple search box prominently placed on the library home page alongside traditional search option such as the library’s online Catalog, Articles finder, and Databases list.
To use SearchAll, simply type key words into the SearchAll text box, then click the search icon. Then refine your search by item type (book, article, etc.), topic, collection or location, date, language, and more. These refinement choices are always located in a left column of each results display.
Many library users will still find the catalog useful, especially for searches of “known items,” such as specific titles of books or journals, or to quickly retrieve a call number used to locate a physical item. To search the Catalog, click Catalog in the Search box, then enter your search terms.
Also, individual databases are still important as the primary lists of literatures within specific disciplines or as digital collections built carefully around specific themes. To search for a particular database, click on Databases, then select or search for the database you want.
A SearchAll search—like a search in Google—begins as inherently broader and across a huge array of potentially useful resources. Discovery of relevant results is then reached by the user through a process of evaluation and refinement.
SearchAll has its own online help screens embedded within its software. Tulane has developed a set of SearchAll FAQs to answer some of your questions. For more help at the main Howard-Tilton Memorial Library on Tulane’s uptown campus see the library's Research Help page or call (504) 865-5606. For help at the Matas Library for the Health Sciences see http://matas.tulane.edu/services/researchassistance or call (504) 988-5155. Use of the SearchAll feature will be incorporated into the instruction services offered at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library through its Center for Library User Education and at the Matas Library through its Education Services program.
Faculty can request Research Consultations to learn more about SearchAll and other library search tools. To schedule a Research Consultation, go to the Research Consultation Form.
SearchAll searches the library’s catalog and a whole lot more. For example, it scans records linking to the library’s unique digital collections that are part of the Louisiana Digital Library.
Importantly, it also searches a mega-aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance that include journal articles, ebooks, reviews, documents, and more, that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators, and from open-access repositories. This is provided through a knowledge base called the Primo Central Index maintained by Ex Libris, whose staff works with the world’s leading publishers and providers of global and regional information to benefit its libraries employing web scale discovery. Combined with records for digital content loaded into the catalog, the knowledge base is broad enough to cover or link out to much of Tulane’s digital content that its libraries purchase through subscriptions or large one-time fees.
The knowledge base also includes indexing and links to the 2.5 million open access ebook and serial volumes available through the Hathi Trust, a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the printed cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future in a converted digital format.
ABC-CLIO (Libraries Unlimited)
ACM Digital Library
Adam Matthew Digital (select resources)
Alexander Street Press (select resources)
American Institute of Physics
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Society for Microbiology
BMJ Publishing Group
BioMed Central Ltd.
California Digital Library Publishing Group
Cambridge University Press
Dawson Books Limited
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Duke University Press
East View Information Services
Edinburgh University Press
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Future Science Group
Gale (select resources)
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
IOP Publishing (Institute of Physics)
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Johns Hopkins University Press (Project Muse)
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS)
Korean Studies Information Co., Ltd. (KSI)
Luna Imaging, Inc.
Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.
NDLTD Union Catalog
National Library of the Czech Republic
Nurimedia Co., Ltd.
Oxford University Press
Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Publishing Technology (IngentaConnect)
Queensland University of Technology
Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing
S. Karger AG
Swiss Electronic Academic Library Service (SEALS)
Thomson Reuters (Web of Science)
Trans Tech Publications
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Dept. of Energy - Office of Scientific and Technical Information
U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Universidad de La Rioja
University of Chicago Press