Quick & Easy: USF Tampa Libraries’ Front Page Search

Quick & Easy: USF Tampa Libraries’ Front Page Search


In this video I’m going to guide you
through some of the instant options for searching in different areas here in the
center of our library’s homepage, lib.usf edu. Make sure you are logged in with your NetID and password. We’ll begin with the FindIt! search. Our FindIt! search gives
you a direct window into the offerings of our online databases. You even have
the option to limit your search only to scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Online
resources like articles from scholarly journals, ebooks, industry reports,
newspaper articles, and educational digests are primarily what this search
finds. The book search looks specifically for books and ebooks in the USF library
catalog, but also finds multimedia like DVDs and online videos. The databases tab
lets you browse our most popular databases here, and gives you a link to
our list of guides by subject here. The guides offer lists of database
suggestions that will help you get started with your research.
The e-journals tab is the fastest way to access an entire journal or collection
of articles on a specific topic. It also allows you to browse by publisher. It’s
especially useful if your professor assigns you to read articles from a
specific publication. The reserve search is what you want to use if you’re
looking for materials related to your class. You can search the name of your
professor, the name of your class, or by the title of your desired item. Reserve
items include text books, articles, and DVDs among other things and are
available to check out for a limited time and generally can’t leave the
library. The next tab lets you search Google Scholar right from the library’s
home page. This is advantageous because some of the results you might find
through Google Scholar will be behind paywalls.
But luckily, searching via the USF library will let you see which of your
results can be read instantly through USF. I hope this video has highlighted
the great resources behind every tab of the main search box on the USF libraries
home page. If you have questions about this or any other USF library resource,
visit lib.usf.edu, click on help, and choose more help for lots of ways to get your questions answered. Thanks for watching!

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