QuickSearch Help

About QuickSearch

Use QuickSearch to find materials available from the Rutgers Libraries, including:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Articles
  • Reviews
  • Conference papers
  • Dissertations
  • Audio and video recordings
  • Archival materials
  • Government documents
  • Course reserves

QuickSearch provides access to the complete physical collections of the Rutgers Libraries and most, but not all, of its electronic resources. Additional resources may also be available from subject-specific databases. To find the best resources for your research topic, consult our research guides or ask us .

All physical library collections are searchable in QuickSearch including print books and journals, audio/video recordings, scores, maps, archives and manuscripts.
Most, but not all, library databases and electronic resources are searchable in QuickSearch. For best results, be sure to log in.

My Account

Click the sign in button in the upper right corner to login to your library account. Current Rutgers students, faculty, and staff can sign in using their Rutgers NetID. Affiliate borrowers can sign in using their library barcode and password.

Sign in to your account to:

  • View complete search results when off campus
  • Access Rutgers-restricted resources
  • Save results and create lists
  • Request items
  • View or renew your loans

Once signed in, click on your name in the upper right corner and select My Account to view:

  • Loans View or renew current loans
  • Requests View or cancel active requests
  • Fines + Fees View fines or fees associated with your account
  • Blocks + Messages View any active blocks or messages related to your account
  • Personal Details View or edit personal details such as your address and phone number

Searching

Enter your keywords into the search bar to begin searching. As you type, a menu will appear allowing you to select what part of the collection you would like to search.

Select Rutgers Libraries to search for books, articles, media, and other resources available from the Rutgers Libraries.

Select Course Reserves to search for course materials placed on reserve by your instructor.

Use Advanced Search to:

  • Limit your search to specific fields, like title, author, or subject
  • Narrow your search by resource type, language, or date
  • Construct complex queries using different combinations of keywords 

For best results, try some of the following search tips:

Tip Example

Use AND, OR, NOT (all caps) to combine search concepts

marijuana AND legalization
cars OR automobiles
dolphins NOT football

Use quotation marks to search for phrases

“climate change”
“cognitive behavioral therapy”

Use wildcard operators (? and *) to search for word variations

wom?n
combust*

Use parentheses to create complex queries using multiple operators

(television OR movies)
AND (violence OR aggression)
AND (children OR adolescents)

Refining 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.

Use Filters to refine your search results. For example, you can include or exclude results based on availability, date, resource type, or subject. Click the empty check box to the left of a filter to include it. Click the red check box to the right of a filter to exclude it. To retain a filter for subsequent searches hover over it in the Active Filters section and click the padlock icon.

Click Personalize to boost the rankings of results matching your preferred discipline. You can select up to five disciplines. When signed in, your preferences will be remembered for future sessions.

Viewing Records

The results page displays all items matching your search query. Click on the title of the result for more details including descriptive information, location, availability, and (if applicable) links for online access. 

Browsing

Use Browse to browse the Libraries’ physical collection by title, author, subject, or call number. For example, if you choose to browse by subject and enter “cloning”, you’ll get a list of subject entries beginning with the word cloning followed by the number of results associated with that subject. Click an entry to view the associated results.

Finding Course Reserves

To search for materials placed on reserve by your instructor, enter the course name, course number, instructor, or title of the item and select Course Reserves from the drop down menu. For more precise results, use Advanced Search.

Finding Journals

Select Journals from the navigation menu at the top to search for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper by title or ISSN. In cases where the library has access to both print and electronic versions of the journal, you may find more than one record. For one-word titles (such as Life, Science, Nature), you may have better luck using Advanced Search to conduct a title "starts with" search while limiting your results to journals.

For journals that are available online, there may be more than one content provider, each with varying dates of coverage. Be sure to select the provider that offers coverage for the dates you want. 

Citation Lookup

Use Citation Lookup to check the availability of an article for which you have a citation. Enter the citation of the article to determine whether it is available at the library or through interlibrary loan. For best results, enter the title and any unique identifier such as an ISSN, DOI, or PMID.

Placing Requests

Different types of request options are available for select materials. You need to sign in to view these options, and will see only the ones available to you for that particular item. To place a request, click on the appropriate request link in the item record and follow the prompts. You can view or cancel a request in My Account.

Request Type Description Eligible Users

Hold

Request a physical item be sent to or held at a particular Rutgers library for pickup.  

All RU and affiliate borrowers

Electronic Delivery

Request a digital copy of an article that is only available at Rutgers in print.

RU students, faculty, staff

Booking

Book audiovisual materials for a class viewing.

RU faculty only

Interlibrary Loan

Request an item that is unavailable at Rutgers. Articles and book chapters are delivered electronically. Other items such as books are made available for pickup at a Rutgers library.

RU students, faculty, staff

Saving Records and Searches

Sign in to save records and searches to your account and access them later through My Favorites.

To save a record to your favorites, click the pin button in the results list or in the item record.

You can organize your saved records by adding labels. Click on a label in My Favorites to view all records that have been assigned that label.

When signed in, you can save searches by clicking Save Query at the top the search results.

Once a query is saved, you can sign up to receive email alerts about new items matching your query.