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 are 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.
diagram showing overlap of quicksearch versus library collections
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
  • Request materials from the Libraries
  • View or renew your loans
  • Access your saved items and search history


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.

course reserves in quicksearch

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

advanced search screen

For best results, try 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


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 include results beyond Rutgers, click Expand My Results. Materials not available at Rutgers may be requested through interlibrary 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.

filters in quicksearch

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.

personalizing results

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. 

record details


Use Browse to browse the Libraries' local collection by call number. For example, you can enter the first portion of a call number and get a list of items starting with that call number. This may be useful if you want to browse a list of books on the same subject.

browse by call number results screen

Finding Books

To search for a book, enter the title, author, or subject into the search box. Use the filters to the left of your search results to limit your search by resource type or availability. Select Held by library to find print books available at the library. Select Available online to find ebooks that can be read online. In cases where the library has more than one edition, you may see multiple versions of the book grouped together.

Click on a result for more details, including location and availability. For print books, look under Find in Library to determine where the book is located and whether it is available for checkout. You must be signed in to view loan terms and request options. For example, the book below is located in the Alexander Library Stacks, available for checkout, and can be borrowed until the end of the semester.

detailed record for a book

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. When searching for one-word journal titles (Life, Science, Nature, etc.), you may have better results using the Basic Search.

journal search results page

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.

electronic availability on journal record

Finding Course Reserves

To search for materials placed on reserve by your instructor, enter your keywords and select Course Reserves from the drop down menu. For more precise results, use Advanced Search to limit your search by course name, course number, or instructor. Remember to use colons or spaces when searching by course number (e.g., 19:910:506:12 or 19 910 506 12).

course reserves advanced search

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.

citation lookup

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


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

All RU and affiliate borrowers


If an item is currently checked out, use E-ZBorrow to request a copy from a partner library.

RU students, faculty, staff

Article Delivery

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

RU students, faculty, staff

Interlibrary Loan

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

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.