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SHB Search@UW: The basics

Search@UW? The three "Ws"

What is it?  Search@UW is a single search tool encompassing records for a variety of different of sources, including books, media, journal articles and digital objects. 

Why is it useful? Instead of searching a catalog for books, databases for articles and other online libraries for digital sources, the user can search in one place for many of these resources. 

When should I use it?  The best use of Search@UW is when you need a large number or a variety of resources.  It is also helpful when your research question spans a number of different subjects, making it difficult to choose a single-subject database.

    Sometimes Search@UW is NOT the best tool to use: for example, not all database content is available through Search@UW.  There will also be many instances in which a single-subject database will have enough content that a user will not need the multiple resources connected to Search@UW.  In these cases, a single database search is easier and more efficient.

Before you start searching, sign in!

Sign in    

Before you start searching, sign in to Search@UW.  This will assure that all content available to you will be displayed correctly.  If you don't sign in, especially if you are off campus, some key content may be eliminated from the results. 

To sign in,  just click the "Sign In" link in the upper right hand corner.  Students will sign in with their network (email) username and password. Community Users and Emeriti should use their library barcode and last name.  

 When you are signed in, you should see your name in the upper right hand corner.  If you get a "login failed" message, click on the "Community Users" link and try logging in with your last name and the barcode on your Student ID or see a librarian for assistance.