Library SmartSearch is a tool that allows you to search across collections including printed books, e-books, journal articles, newspapers and dissertations.
Finding Books Using Library SmartSearch
The smartest way to start your search
To search for:
a specific book, type in the author surname and some words from the title
books on a topic, type your keywords and then select Books from the Limit by material type menu on the left-hand side of your results page
(Reading lists for individual modules can be accessed via Blackboard)
Searching hints and tips
Library SmartSearch searches all the words you have entered, without the need to use AND. For example: writing literature review will find items that contain all 3 terms
Library SmartSearch searches through the full text of documents (if available). This may cause a large number of results, and not all are relevant to your subject. Results are returned in a relevancy ranked order.
To improve the relevancy of your search results, enclose phrases in "quotation marks". For example: "research methods" or "global warming".
Include the apostrophe. For example, use "handmaid's tale" rather than "handmaids tale"
To find variant endings for a word, use the * asterisk (truncation symbol.) For example: delinquen* finds delinquent, delinquents, delinquency
To find scholarly journal articles, refine your search by selecting "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals"
You can refine a search by limiting to Language. However, be aware that many English language articles have not been tagged as English, so will be missing from your search results.
Many items have direct links to retrieve the full text. For those that don't, use "Find it @ Aston" to determine if the Library has the item in print or online.