What is SuperSearch?
In technical terms SuperSearch is a 'web-scale discovery' tool that allows users to search the contents of multiple library catalogues and databases simultaneously. 'Web-scale' refers to the attempt to match the kind of broad and deep search many of us are used to with Google and other web search tools.

Why should I use SuperSearch?
SuperSearch will be a great place to start searching for many users. Because it is interdisciplinary, you can find information on almost any topic using SuperSearch. You will also find information in a variety of formats, including: books, articles, dissertations & theses.  

Tip: Check out the “Format Type” on your results page the next time you run a search.

What is included? What am I searching?
The short answer: Everything in the library catalogue, our digital repositories, all of our EBSCO databases, JSTOR, Web of Science, and several other databases and journal article citations from scholarly and peer-reviewed publications.  

Tip: Check out the “Limit by Database” on your results page the next time you run a search.

Is everything the library owns included in SuperSearch? What is not included?
Millions of items can be searched in SuperSearch in all subject areas. However, SuperSearch does not include all content in databases that the library subscribes to.  What is and is not included can change periodically.

Tip: If you are unsure of the relevant databases in your subject area, see the page of databases by subject.

Is everything in SuperSearch available online and in full-text?
There is a lot of electronic, full-text content in SuperSearch. However, physical items like print books and CDs listed in the library catalogue still require that you get them from the shelf.  

Tip: To limit your search results to full-text items only, check the 'Full Text' box on your results page after you run a search.

Should I just always use SuperSearch for everything?
It is going to be a matter of personal preference. If you want to be able to use advanced search limits available in some individual library databases, choose those databases specifically instead of SuperSearch. If you only want results based on research done in a specific academic discipline, use a subject database in order to get most relevant information.

Tip: Visit the page of databases by subject.


(Source: Brock University, James A. Gibson Library)