Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jul 05, 2017     Views: 103

 The Multi-Search allows users to search multiple databases at the same time. Users can find scholarly articles, books, eBooks, newspaper articles, dissertations and theses, book reviews, and more using the Multi-Search.

Multi-Search:

Most Useful For

  • Searching many sources at once and saving time by "casting a wide net" instead of searching individual databases one at a time
  • Searching for a lot of different material types at once (e.g. books and eBooks, scholarly articles, newspapers, streaming video, etc.)

Cautions

  • Can be overwhelming--searches that are not specific enough may bring back too many results
  • Doesn't search ALL library databases and electronic resources--users may miss some good sources if they only use the Multi-Search

Our Recommendation

Consider using the Multi-Search primarily when you

  1. Are having trouble finding information on your topic
  2. Are not sure where to start looking for information on your topic
  3. Have a fairly specific topic in mind
  4. Are interested in finding a wide variety of source types.

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