Library Search help

What is Library Search?

Library Search is an extremely powerful resource which provides a single interface for finding all the information you need—books, ebooks, journals, articles, digital media and other types of resources. Library Search searches our books and journals, content available through the Library’s databases and a huge index of article-level content, from ejournals, conferences, newspapers and more.

How do I search the catalogue?

To search the library catalogue, use the Library Search box, which can be found on the Library homepage.

To begin searching, type in a keyword(s), author, or title into the search box and press enter.

If you want to do more complex or specific searching, try using the Advanced Search option below the search box, or selecting the relevant tab above it, e.g. eBooks.

You will have the options to refine and filter your search results using the left hand side of the results screen.

Screenshot of Library Search search box 

How do I sign in to my account?

Click the 'guest ENGLISH' tab in the upper right hand corner of the screen

The words 'sign in' will then display; click 'sign in'

A new window will load. You have the choice to select 'students & staff' or 'non-university users'; click 'students & staff'. (External members will need to use the 'non-university members' link)

You will be prompted to log in with your ITS username and password

Once logged in, click on 'My Account' to see the items that you currently have on loan, along with any “pinned” records or saved searches (just click on the corresponding tab)

to Library Search

Does Library Search search all resources?

Although Library Search does search across most of our resources, there are some particular subjects, such as Business or Law, where it is better to use the Subject Guides. Similarly, if you want to do more complex, subject-specific searching for your research, it may be better to use individual online resources. These can be found in the subject guides, accessible from the Resources for your Subject.

How do I search for just ebooks?

Select the 'Ebooks' tab from the Library Search box on the Library homepage.

Simply enter a keyword, title or author and click on the search button. Alternatively the 'Item Type' refinement on the left-hand side of the results screen can be used to limit the results of the search to ebooks.

 Screenshot of Library Search ebook tab

How do I search for items actually held in the Library?

Choose the 'Books & Library items' tab from the Library Search box on the Library homepage.

Simply enter a keyword, title or author and click on the search button. Alternatively the 'Availability' refinement on the left-hand side of the results screen can be used to limit the results of the search to items available in the Library.

 Screenshot of Library Search physical items tab

How do I find out where an item is available?

When you click into a particular record, under the 'Get It' heading you will see details of the location, the collection, the number of copies, the library shelfmark and availability displayed. 

 book location on Library Search

How do I reserve a book?

To reserve an item on loan you will need to sign in to your Library Search account, using the link at the top right of the page.

Once signed in, click 'Request' in the 'Request Options' tab; you will be prompted to add any comments to your request if necessary.

Click 'Request' in the right hand corner one final time to place the request.

 request a book

How do I renew my loans?

You will need to sign-in to Library Search using the link at the top right of the page, then click on the 'My Library Card' tab.

From the Overview tab you can renew all loans in one click, by clicking 'renew all'.

To renew individual items, click the 'LOANS' tab, click on the item you want to renew, and click 'renew'.

 renewing books

How can I access individual resources like Westlaw, Scopus or JSTOR?

On the library homepage under the search box, click the Online Resources A-Z box; this will direct you to an alphabetised list of all the resources the library has access to. Use the alphabetised tabs to browse the list and find the resource you are looking for. 

 A-Z online resources

How can I save items for future use?

You will need to be signed-in to your library account to save items for future use.

Click on the pin/thumbtack icon in an item record. This will “pin” the item to your library account for future use.  

 pinning to library account 

You can view saved items by clicking on your name at the top right hand corner on the screen, and clicking on the 'saved records' tab.

pinning to library account

How do I search all articles, not just those subscribed to by Sussex?

When you’ve done your search, select the box labelled 'Expand beyond Library subscriptions'.

Screenshot of expand beyond library subscriptions option

How do I place an interlibrary request for items not held by Sussex?

First check Library Search to ensure that the item you require is not already in stock or available electronically before requesting.

If you find an item on a database that the library does not currently have access to, you can place an interlibrary loan request; you will be prompted to fill in a request form for the item, and you will need to be signed-in to your library account, using your IT Services username and password.

Provide the full bibliographic details for the item you are requesting, as this will speed up your request.

For Article Requests supplied by the British Librarywe will delivery the article direct to your email account using their Secure Electronic Delivery service, unless you select an alternative option on the request form.  Where desktop delivery is not possible, we will provide a paper copy for collection from the Info Hub in the Library. 

Please read and agree to the terms of the copyright declaration by ticking the check box, before submitting your request.

How can I save or send references to my email or to bibliographic tools like EndNote?

Click into the record you want to reference.

On the left hand side menu, click ‘send to’; click the option you want, such as e-mail, or endnote web, or citation. 

 exporting citations from Library Search

How can I access my loan history from before July 2015?

To see a list of items you borrowed before 20th July 2015, please use the pre-July 2015 loan history page.