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About Library Search: Home

New Look, Same Resources

On June 19, 2018, the Fairfield University Libraries launched a
NEW Library Discovery Service!

You might have noticed searching for resources on our website looks a little different. The access to our resources remains the same, but we have an improved search engine with a new look and feel for exploring and discovering the Libraries' holdings. It also offers easier viewing of your library account for renewing books, requesting holds, etc. The new system merges the online Library Catalog and the Libraries’ All Search into a single interface.

You can access the search box on the library's homepage.

What are the benefits of signing in?

Signing in will allow you to:

  • Request items be put on hold for you. (Faculty and Staff can have items delivered to their offices.)
  • Request books and articles from other libraries (InterLibrary Loan)
  • Renew books and other library materials
  • Create favorites lists
  • Export citations to citation management tools

To sign in, click on the word "Guest" on top right and then "SIGN in". Use your Net ID username and password. (Guests may use their Library barcode number to sign in.)

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What does the library search include?

The library search can help you find books, e-books, journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, open access sources, music, movies, streaming media and more. Use the limiters (or facets) on the side of your results to help narrow your search by Source Type.

Check the box "Add results beyond your library's collection" in order to see material the library does not have in full text. As always, if we do not have immediate access to a resource you can request it through interlibrary loan.

Is everything included in the library search?

A small portion (usually about 10%) of content from our EBSCO databases is not fully indexed in the "Everything" search. To guarantee 100% coverage from the EBSCO databases, there are two options:

1. In the Library search box, you can select the EBSCO search scope from the drop down menu.

While searching the EBSCO databases, you will notice that there are very few "facets" on the left hand side to focus your search.  If you are having trouble finding good articles or books in EBSCO, another option is to go directly into those databases. See option #2 below.

2. We recommend going straight to the following databases for the most advanced searching: