Once you are familiar with the basics of uSearch, you might want to try doing more with the Search panel or use the Advanced Search option. Both of these options offer numerous features for making your searches more precise and enable you to get results that are more useful.
- Books and e-books
- Journal titles and articles
- CDs, DVDs, VHS, LPs, and Cassettes
- Dissertations (including materials in both the Scholarly Repository and the Law School's Scholarly Repository)
- Archival materials from the Cuban Heritage Collection, Special Collections, and University Archives, including rare books and other physical items
- Government documents
- Materials from the Digital Collections
- Other physical materials such as posters, kits, and CD-ROMs.
If you do not use the exact phrase options, the system will find items that contain the individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.
For example, to search for items with the word Irish or the word Celtic, type the following in the search box:
If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR or NOT, uSearch assumes that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.
For example, to search for items with the word Celtic and exclude any of these items with the word Irish, type the following in the search box:
If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR or NOT, Primo assumes that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.
The system ignores wildcard characters placed at the beginning of search terms. For example, the system treats the search terms ?aying and *aying as if you had searched foraying.
- Resource Type - the format of the item, such as book, article, journal, and so forth.
- Title - the title displays either the item’s information or the online resource.
- Author, creator, and dat - the item’s author, creator, and publication date.
- Star icon - click the Star icon next to the title to add or remove the item from your basket. A highlighted star indicates that you have already added it to your basket.
To access Browse, click the Browse Search link next to the simple search box, as shown below.
Why Should I Sign In?
When you sign into uSearch, you are able to do the following:
Why Should I Sign Out?
You should sign out of uSearch so that your searches remain private and your personal settings and basket are not tampered with by anyone else.
You can tailor the uSearch user interface so that it reflects the way you usually search. For example, from your uSearch account you can specifythe maximum numbers of search results per page. From the "Personalize your results" option you can set preferred disciplines to boost relevancy of results and/or rank materials with newer publications dates higher in your results. To set your preferences, click the Personal Settings option on the left side of My Account. To keep your settings for future sessions, you must sign in and save your preferences.
e-Shelf allows you to save and organize items that you find during your search session.
To access e-Shelf, click the e-Shelf link at the top of the page.
You can access your saved and session queries by clicking either the e-Shelf orMy Account link and then clicking the My Queries tab.
This tab contains the following folders:
- This Session's Queries—this folder lists all of the queries that you have performed in the current session.
- Saved Queries & Alerts—this folder lists all of the queries and alerts that you have saved.
NOTE: If you are not signed in, your queries are available only during the current session.
You can run a saved query yourself, or you can set it as an alert that runs automatically at scheduled times and sends you new results by e-mail.
RSS feeds in uSearch are used to notify you of new items found by the query. RSS feeds can be activated from either the search results or the Saved Queries & Alerts folder on the My Queries tab. All that you need is to have an RSS reader installed on your computer.
If your browser supports RSS, click the RSS button. A window from which you can subscribe to the RSS feeds opens. Follow the instructions in the window.
If your browser does not support RSS, right-click the RSS button, copy the URL, and paste it into the RSS reader.
Results and ranking are the same.
Tabs and scopes for limiting your search are now integrated into the search box. Start typing, and the options for limiting your search will appear below:
Once you have done a search, more options are available to limit by library:
The choices to limit your search are the same as in our current catalog.
Options to limit your search to a certain material type, or search only in certain fields, have moved to the Advanced Search, instead of below the search bar.
Search results are no longer presented on pages with a set number of results per page. Instead, scroll to the bottom of the list to continue viewing more results.
When viewing an item, all information is now on one screen. Scroll down to view details, additional links, and virtual browse:
“e-Shelf” is now called “My Favorites,” and uses a pin icon instead of a star:
Items in My Favorites are organized using labels, instead of folders. Any items in your e-Shelf have been moved to My Favorites, and given labels to match their folders.
A new clock icon takes you to search history:
From there, you can also view saved searches and set up alerts.