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Intro to SuperSearch

Use SuperSearch to find materials available through Drake's Law Library and Cowles Library. It is THE way to find library books and other non-electronic collection items, like DVDs or flashcards. It is also a great way to find articles and other electronic resources available through many of our databases.  Learn how to use SuperSearch from this guide, or by contacting librarians during reference hours for individual assistance.

Note: All images on this guide are annotated or unannotated screenshots from SuperSearch and were created by Drake University librarians. 

SuperSearch interface annotated

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  1. Search Box. Enter your search terms here.

    Your results will include your search terms in any order, in any part of the record. There are techniques you can use to change this behavior, but if you want to create a more complex search, we recommend doing an Advanced Search.

    If you have a citation and want to see if Drake has the full text, you can paste the article title into this field. Do not use abbreviations. Learn more about searching for a known citation.
  2. Scope and search suggestions. As you type your search terms, you will see lines of text under the search box to limit your search terms to a certain scope, or collection of materials.
  • Everything searches the items shelved at both Cowles and Law and online content through many library databases. Everything is the default; if you do not click on a different scope, when you press enter or the magnifying glass, you will search for everything. Although we call this scope Everything, it is still incomplete. Cowles and the Law Library subscribe to some databases that are not linked to SuperSearch. To find additional content, consult the list of databases and/or Research Guides as part of a thorough search.
  • In the Library searches physical items (books, DVDs, etc.) in the Cowles and Law Libraries. 
  • Law Library Only searches physical items in the Law Library. 
  • Course Reserves searches for items placed on reserve for a course for the current term. 

In addition to available scopes, suggested search terms might also appear under the search box, based on what you have already input.

  1. Speech input. Click on the microphone, and the search bar will populate with the words you speak.
  2. Run search. Click on the magnifying glass to search for the terms you put in the search box. You can also click enter.
  3. Advanced Search. Click on Advanced Search for a guided form to help you construct your search. You can specify the part of the record (e.g., title or author) where you want your search terms to appear. You can also limit by date, material type, and language.

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  1. Navigation menu. This offers the following links
  • SuperSearch. Click on this to return to the SuperSearch landing page.
  • Journal Finder. Enter a journal title or ISSN to see if the libraries have it in print or electronically in a linked database. Read more about how to use the Journal Finder.
  • Law Databases. Display a list of the databases available at the Law Library.
  • Help. Links to this guide, but don't forget you can also ask a librarian for further assistance.
  • Browse Search.  After clicking on "Browse Search," you will first select the list to browse: subject, author, title or Library of Congress call number. Then input your terms, click search and you will get an alphabetical (or numerical) list starting with the term you input. 
  • Newspapers. Click on this to search for newspaper articles. 
  1. QR code. Click on this link to open a pop-up where you can either scan a QR code or copy a persistent link to the page you are currently viewing.
  2. My Favorites (push pin icon) View and manage records you've saved to your Favorites.
  3. Sign In. Signing in with your personal credentials provides multiple advantages. If you are on a public computer, remember to sign out when you are done. Learn how to sign in
  4. Menu. Click here to see options to log in to your library account, see saved items, or view your search history. If you are already logged in, you will see you name here instead of the word Menu.

Screenshot Credits

All screenshots in this guide created by the Drake Law Library.

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