[The following post was written by Bryan J. Sajecki, a graduate student from the Department of Library and Information Studies.]
The Everything tool on the Libraries home page is a new search tool that presents results from both the library catalog and a large number of databases available to you through the University at Buffalo Libraries. The search tool is quite simple to use, as it mirrors functionality that a typical user would get if they were searching for a topic using the Google search engine.
To begin your search, type in a search term as you normally would in the search box and make sure that the Everything tab is selected. Click Search.
Say you wanted to search for “Buffalo Architecture.” After searching for this initial query, you will be directed to the next page with a slew of results.
Notice that on the left-hand side are your search results for Books & more, with a list of resources found in the UB Libraries that are relevant. On the right-hand side are your search results for Articles & more, displaying the countless articles that fit your search terms. If you need to clarify or limit your search to a certain field, you can click on the drop-down menu that says Everything next to the top search bar.
Above your search results are small links for ‘more options.’ These links will take you to a separate page where the results are broken down further into categories. This is even easier than limiting the search yourself with the drop-down menu!
If you are searching under the heading of Books & more, under ‘more options’ you are now able to organize results by Subject, Call Number, Collection Area, Format, Author, Language, Genre, Region, or Year of Publication.
Similarly, if you are searching under the heading of Articles & more you can now organize search results by Format, Topic, Language, or Year of Publication. Furthermore, you can search specifically from scholarly journals or newspapers as well as limit your results to articles that have full-text available.
If for some reason this search utility is not for you, do not fret because you can still use the basic search tools for both Articles + and the Catalog . Also, do not hesitate asking a librarian for any assistance. They are available to you via email, chat , phone, text , or in-person.