Using the Library Search


What does this search?

The new version of Randall’s Library primary search box searches across multiple systems, including the Library Catalog, Summon (our new aggregated search service from ProQuest) and our website for articles, books, videos, journals and webpages. The top results are all displayed on one page.

This unified approach to displaying and segmenting search results is commonly referred to as the “Bento Box” method, because of its resemblance to the popular and often elaborately prepared Japanese lunch boxes. It is designed to provide a quick, easy, and more intuitive way to find the information you need:

  • Articles from journals and magazines are presented in the left column.
  • Print and electronic resources such as books, music, movies and more are presented in the center column, pulled from our library catalog.
  • The right column presents matching journal titles, as well as results from our websites, databases and other suggested searches.

Our new search box is based on the examples and research[1] [2] [3]of other top academic libraries including NCSU[4], UNC-CH, Duke[5], Princeton, Cornell[6] and others[7] that have adopted this type of search box and display of search results..

Updated Article Searching

We have also switched our aggregated article searching from WorldCat Local to Summon for a better searching and linking experience. Visit our Summon Help page for more information, or watch this tutorial.

Overview of Randall Library Searchbox


Overview of Advanced Searching in Randall Library Searchbox


Need a more focused search?


When your research needs require a more highly-focused search, you can select from the options available on our Find & Research menu:


Additionally, from the homepage you can limit your search to just books, articles, etc. You can also find the library catalog and specific databases:

Contact for Information Technology and Systems

Marcella Fredriksson

Library IT and Systems, Web & Discovery Services Librarian
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