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Introduction to Rutgers University Libraries: Searching for materials

This Library Guide introduces you to the basic services provided by Rutgers Libraries. It contains short videos to help you get started.

Searching for materials

Use the Rutgers Libraries' QuickSearch to find materials, including books, articles, audio and video recordings, government documents, course reserves, and much more.

Consult the QuickSearch help guide for information about searching, refining results, and viewing records.

Image of the search tool on the Rutgers University Libraries website.

Getting started with QuickSearch

Signing in to the Libraries

Sign in when searching the Libraries for full access to Rutgers-restricted resources. Signing in also also allows for creating and saving lists, requesting items, and managing your library account.

View of sign in note after search results

Limiting results to books

QuickSearch provides many filters you can use to refine your results. If you want to limit your results to just books, select books under "resource type" on the left:

Shows a box of resource types with books highlighted

Don't forget your local library

If you are enrolled in a Rutgers program located on a Community College Campus with a library, arrangements have been made for you to use that library. Bring your Rutgers ID card (and drivers license if you are a county resident) to arrange borrowing privileges.

Saving searches and results in QuickSearch

Search Tips

Select Rutgers Libraries to find books, articles, media, and other resources available from the Rutgers Libraries. Use Advanced Search to limit your search by resource type, language, or date.

Select Course Reserves to search for course materials placed on reserve by your instructor. Use Advanced Search to search for reserves by instructor name, course name, or course number.

Expanding results

By default, QuickSearch only displays results that are available from the Rutgers Libraries. To search for materials beyond Rutgers, click Expand My Results. You may be able to request these materials through interlibary loan.

Improve your search

Box showing boolean terms of and, or, not to improve searching.

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