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Search It FAQ: New Interface Overview

Frequently asked questions related to Search It.

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What is Search It, and what exactly can I search in Search It?

Search It is the WSU Libraries' online catalog. With a single search box, users can find resources at WSU and other libraries, databases, digital collections, and more. Starting from the WSU Libraries' home page at https://libraries.wsu.edu, use the pull down menu to the right to choose one of these searches:

  • Articles, Books, and More - search for a variety of full-text article resources, as well as books, print journals, Wikipedia entries, some of WSU's special collections (primary resources), and the resources available to you from the 39 academic libraries of the Orbis Cascade Alliance.
  • WSU Libraries + Summit - search for books, journals, DVDs, and other physical items from WSU and the 39 academic libraries of the Orbis Cascade Alliance.
  • Course Reserves - search for books, journals, DVDs, and other physical items on reserve. 

After your initial search, use the pull down menu to the right to filter to a specific campus:

  • WSU Pullman, WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver - search for books, journals, DVDs, and other physical items, e-books, and e-journals, as well as some special collections materials (primary resources) available at the campus you select.

Why should I sign in?

Once you sign in, you can:

  • Order a book through Summit or Interlibrary Loan
  • See your current Loans
  • See your current Requests
  • See your current Blocks
  • Opt in or out of library emails

How do I sign in?

Search It Sign In Area

  • Go to the upper, right-hand corner
  • Click on Sign In
  • Choose the appropriate patron category

How do I access my library account?

My Account from the Search It User Menu

  • Go to the upper, right-hand corner
  • Click on Menu
  • Click on My Account

How do I request an item through Interlibrary Loan?

Order No Full Text item via Interlibrary Loan

  • Enter your search term
  • Click on item with gray "No Full-Text" link
  • Click on "Request Options: Request though Interlibrary Loan" button or link

How do I request an item through Summit?

Use Check Holdings to order via Summit

  • Enter your search term
  • Click on item with orange "Check holdings" link
  • Click on "Request Summit Item" button or link

Do I need to update any links? Yes!

Please use this as your new bookmark:

https://searchit.libraries.wsu.edu

The OpenURL to connect to Search It is:

https://searchit.libraries.wsu.edu/openurl/WSU/WSU?

How do I limit to Peer-reviewed Articles?

Check two boxes to narrow to peer-reviewed article

  • Enter your search term
  • Check the two facets to limit to Peer-reviewed AND Articles
  • Push the Apply Filters button

How do I search for a database?

Enter the name of a database (e.g., Academic Search Complete) into the Search It search bar

or

Click on the Databases link in the upper, middle of screen.

Links in the Main Menu area

How do I search for an e-journal?

Enter the name of the journal (e.g., Slavic Review) in the Search It search bar

or 

Click on the EJournal Search link in the upper, middle of screen.

Links in the Main Menu area

How do I browse by call number?

User Browse Search to search by Call Number

  • Click on the ellipsis in the upper, middle of screen
  • Click on the Browse Search link
  • Change the drop-down to "Library of Congress Call Numbers"
  • Enter the call number into the search bar
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