Q. What's the difference between using quick search and searching databases?
Quick Search - https://search.library.suss.edu.sg
The quick search tool allows you to search simultaneously for books, articles, and more. It is a useful starting point for research. Keep in mind that while it searches a large number of the library's collections, it does not include all of the subscribed resources.
You don't have to be logged in to use the quick search tool and view search results as you will be prompted to do so when you want to view full-text details. However, we recommend that you sign in first to have a more complete search experience.
Use the quick search tool because:
- it saves you time, especially when you have something specific in mind, such as a title or an author
- it offers a good starting point for interdisciplinary research
- it searches both e-resources at SUSS Library as well as print and physical resources at SIM Library
- it provides direct links to full-text items in different databases where available
- displays most relevant results first, whether they are books, articles or media
- helps you discover content that you may not find if you only search an individual database like Academic Search Premier
The drawback of using quick search is that it tends to retrieve thousands of results. You can refine your search using the options at the top and on the left side of your results screen, such as item type, avalability, resource type or subject.
Databases - http://libguides.suss.edu.sg/az.php
Search within individual databases because:
- databases offer more focused searches in specific subject areas such as Business, Psychology, Social Work, etc. and types of information sources such as news, streaming videos, market research or legal documents
- searching within databases are generally problem-free where links are concerned compared with using quick search
Once you are more familiar with the various types of databases and the contents available, you may choose to search directly within specialized databases. Even if you aren't familiar, you can use the Subjects filter to help identify relevant databases to search.
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