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A Guide to Finding what you need in Hiebert Library: Home

This guide explains how to use our "discovery service" to search for anything that Hiebert Library has to offer.

Subject Index

Finding What Your Need

Hiebert Library offers a wide array of resources to support the classroom, research, and recreational reading needs of the Fresno Pacific University community. Some of these resources are located in the library building, while others are available online or by courier delivery service. Resources available through the library include:

No matter what you're looking for, start your search at the Hiebert Library web page, where you'll find a Search  box in which you can type your search terms. This takes you to the library's Discovery Service, where you will see your results and can enter additional search terms as needed. You can also bypass the library web page by going straight to the library discovery page.

The following categories are good ones to use when entering keywords in the search box:

  • Name of author
  • Title
  • Subject keywords

You may combine as many of these categories into a single search as you wish.

Depending on how detailed your criteria were, your results may run to hundreds of thousands of items -- far too many for anyone to handle. You'll need to find a way to filter your results so that you find as much of what you want -- and as little of what you don't want -- as possible. There are three primary ways to sharpen the focus of your search: 1) Be as specific as possible in your search terms; 2) Use the "Refine by" list to narrow your search results; and 3) use the Advanced Search screen.

1. Be as specific as possible

Try not to use overly-broad or vague terms when searching. A search for "chemistry," for example, will give you a ridiculous number of results (try it and see!). Instead, use more than one word, and enclose phrases in quotation marks. Both techniques will provide a more manageable list of better results.

2. Refine your results: If you didn't request a more specific set of records, the discovery service will give you every possible type of record -- print, audio-visual, digital, and anything else we might have. Depending on your search, you may prefer one of those types more than the others, or would at least prefer to look at them one at a time. You can narrow your search by using the gray "Refine Your Search" box on the left side of search results screen. Each of the items in that box can be used to limit your search results to items meeting that criterion. You can select as many items as you want. Here's a list of some of the most useful ones, with a description of what they do:

Full Text Online: Displays e-books, online articles available through databases such as EBSCOHost, JSTOR, and SpringerLink, as well as streaming audio and video resources.

Scholarly & Peer Reviewed: displays only online articles that were published in peer-reviewed journals.

Content type: Options in this section allow you to see only the specific type of resource you choose.

Explore other items as you wish, but the list above will generally be the most useful. 

 

3. Use the Advanced Search screen

To the right of the search box near the top of the screen, you'll see an option for "Advanced Search." Click on it to open a screen that allows you to be much more specific in creating your search terms.

This box allows you to sharpen the focus of your search in several ways. Many of them are the same as the options available in the "Refine by" box. The most useful new tool found here is the ability to link several terms together in a single search. You may add as many search fields to this page as you wish, linking each of them with the words "and," "or," or "not."

Can't find the book you need? Try Link+

If you can't find a particular book in Hiebert Library (or if our copy is checked out), you may be able to request it through Link+, a consortium of over 60 libraries in California and Nevada. It provides quick courier-delivery access to almost 7 million unique items, at no charge to you. Items can be delivered to Hiebert Library or any FPU regional center. There is another library guide that gives step-by-step instructions on how to use Link+.