You may be familiar with the expression, “Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it.” Well, sometimes that is a GOOD thing! In 2012 Abell Library unveiled a new service called RooSearch. Have you ever wished that searching a library’s collections could be as easy as searching with one simple search box like Google uses, where you could type in keywords and retrieve results from all the library-purchased resources, including books, e-books, journal articles, electronic journals, news, DVDs, etc.? Abell Library‘s RooSearch is a product of the EBSCO company, the same folks whose many EBSCOhost databases we have such as Academic Search Complete, MLA International Bibliography, or Business Source Complete. If you have used these resources, you will be familiar with the RooSearch interface.
So how is RooSearch better than Google? RooSearch provides reliable, scholarly resources, that’s how! Google searches available Internet resources, so you need to be much more cautious and discriminating when evaluating the results of your search. RooSearch searches within Abell’s library catalog and almost all of our subscription databases, so your results come not from random Internet sources, but from magazines, newspapers, books, and most important, scholarly journals which are so critical for college research.
You will see the RooSearch Basic Search box prominently featured in the center of Abell Library’s Home Page. To access the Advanced Search, click on RooSearch on the left of the page under Find. Explore RooSearch for yourself, and please ask a librarian for guidance if you need some assistance. We want to help you make the best use of this new resource.