Katherine Rose (Information Systems Librarian here at Regent’s University) gave a short presentation on the library’s new search facility, ‘RULDiscovery’ for the ‘Tricks of the Trade’ session. The advertising blub for the session described RULDiscover as the library’s new search engine, ” it searches across our ejournals, databases and library catalogue and brings you full-text results. It’s a powerful search engine and you can refine your results and searches in many ways. Now you don’t have to search in many different places when you are researching. We hope this will be a fantastic research tool for staff and students of all levels'”.
Katherine started with the obvious question ‘How do I access RULDiscovery’? There are two main ways, firstly via the intranet (where there is button labeled ‘RULDiscover’) where you will be asked to log in with your Regent’s Uni username and password. The second access point is via Blackboard where you click on ‘Tate Library’ button – at the top of the screen and then there is a RULDiscovery search box.
Katherine then showed us an example of doing a search. She started with the term’ Human Resource Management’. Obviously this brought up loads of results, in fact it brought up over one million articles!! So then she showed us how to limit the search and make it more specific to our requirements.
So the first thing she showed us were the ‘limiters’ (on the left side of the screen – see below). There are many different ways to get your search more specific.
The first of these is ‘Catalogue Only’, so this eliminates all the electronic resources and therefore we will just be searching what is on the library shelves. So when we search ‘Human Resource Management’ this brought the results down to 173 items (showing ebooks and print books). It then shows you where you can find the book and whether the book is available. It also gives you the ‘Reserve this book’ option.
The next ‘limiter’ is ‘Peer Reviewed’ content, this is really useful as it immediately eliminates all the trade review publications and magazines ie mainly academic journals.
There were further limiters and these included;
There is also the option to limit the search to the publication date, say if we just wanted recent articles of the last 10 to 15 years.
These could be very useful depending on the type of resources we are looking for.
Once you find the resources you can then download it (as a pdf) or share it in different ways (email etc). It is also possible to create your own folder and store your results. The citation options are also very easy to use and these can be directly exported to Endnote.
RULDiscoery does not search every single data base that the university subscribes to but where the these data bases are not included in RULDiscovery extra links are provided to these data bases.
Finally Katherine showed us how to do an ‘Advanced Search’ where for example, we can limit the search to the title of the article or to the abstract. There are further links to eJournals, Blackboard, and the Library home page.
For further details, contact Katherine (firstname.lastname@example.org Ext : 6239).