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MultiSearch: The Basics

MultiSearch: The Basics


MultiSearch:The Basics Georgian College’s library offers reliable, high-quality information
for your assignments. MultiSearch is a web-based tool that you can use to find and access books, videos, academic journals, and more by searching in one place. MultiSearch is found
on the library website at library.georgiancollege.ca Look for the search box in
the middle of the home page. Start looking for resources by
entering keywords in the search box that describe what you want to find. Let’s search the topic social media. Enter social media in the search box and click the Search button. MultiSearch may provide a
very large number of search results. On the left side of the results page, you’ll find several ways to
limit or narrow your search, such as filtering your
results by source type. By limiting your search you will get fewer results, and what you find may be more relevant to your research. MultiSearch provides a
list of resources that match the keywords you entered. Each listing, or “record,” has an icon that represents
the type of resource. The icons help you to identify
different types of resources quickly. Note that the icon for a book
is usually an image of its cover. Your assignment may require that you use particular types of resources, such as books, videos, or academic articles. If your assignment requires scholarly or peer-reviewed resources, check the box for
“Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed” on the left side of the screen. Do you want a book
that’s available right now? Then check the box for
“Georgian’s Library Books Only.” The record will identify the
campus location, call number, and status of the item. The call number indicates where
the item is located on the shelf. This book is located at the Orillia campus and this is its call number. The book is currently “on the shelf.” If someone had already signed it out, the record would say “checked out.” You can use multiple search filters
to get exactly what you want. For example, checking
“available articles, books, & videos” and then filtering by the source type “academic journals” will give you a focused results list of immediately available
academic journal articles. When you click on a search result,
other functions become available. Find the “Tools” menu on the right side. You can print, email, or save the article. This is also where you find the Cite button. You can use this to see a
basic reference for the item, but remember that it’s
your responsibility to verify the reference format according
to your required citation style, such as APA. Look for the PDF or HTML icon and click to view the
full text of an article. Research help staff are available on-site, by phone, by email, and by chat to help you use MultiSearch
and other library tools efficiently.

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