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Linfield Search:   Search Linfield Libraries and Beyond

  • Linfield Search (powered by Primo ExLibris) is the Search Box on the main page, front and center:  Use it for finding books and articles at Linfield College or at libraries regionally and libraries worldwide.  By default, results include items:
books Available - books or other physical materials at Linfield Libraries or full text online or
books Check Holdings  - These include Summit or WorldCat items requested with CatNet ID, 
books Not Available - If you check the Expand my Results box to the left of the search to discover items, you will find items we do not have but which are requestable via Interlibrary loan. Articles can arrive in 1-2 days.  Books, dvds will take longer - 3-10 days.  
  • Use the dropdown scopes to search:
    • Everything - books from Linfield and other Summit (37 regional) academic libraries and articles from subscribed and freely available journals worldwide and even some websites, datasets and academic websites.  Use side links to limit by format (books) etc.  Request Summit items books with delivery about 3-5 days.
      Exception: Everything does not include WorldCat items - see scope below.
    • Linfield Libraries - find books and other physical materials in our Linfield libraries. 
    • Articles -  articles from subscribed and freely available journals worldwide.
    • Ebsco -  focuses on articles from dozens of Ebsco databases. You can also search Ebsco and other databases individually via the Research Databases link on the left sidebar of the Libraries pages.
    • WorldCat - books find materials worldwide outside of Summit, including public libraries.  WorldCat requires sign in to Linfield Search first.  (Delivery on WorldCat requested items is longer, about 3-10 days).

*Note: DCE Students:  More information on borrowing items

  • Tips for Searching Linfield Search

    Linfield Search is powered by ExLibris Primo which includes lots of online search help. Here are some hints for specific kinds of searching:

    • Use quotes around known titles for best results, just as in a Google search. (For instance, "The World Is Flat"). Add author last name in search box to limit further.
    • Limit by facets: After search, notice the facets along the left sidebar. Limit results by format (books), Subject (vitaculture), Language (French), etc.
    • Advanced Search includes more options such as using keywords in title, subject, author or limiting by material type. (Remember to use quotes around exact titles, even in Advanced Search title mode.)
    • Browse Search works well for finding books using Subject headings (Viticulture - Oregon) or by Library of Congress Classification numbers (ex. SB387.76.O7 O74).
    • Sign in with CatNet ID for best results.  Some resources require sign in for discovery, including WorldCat scope, certain databases, E-Shelf, My Account, etc.
    • My Account - tracks your checkouts and allows renewals (requires sign in)
    • Use E-Shelf - As you search, click stars for the titles you want to track or revisit.  They will show up in your e-shelf each session but sign in required to preserve for future searching.


Note:  The new system is still improving.  Updates to this information ongoing.

Why can't I find a common book by title?

  • Start by using quotes (ex. "the old man and the sea")  If you have a complete exact title, use is (exact)  (example: is (exact) the old man and the sea.  Or if you know some of the words use contains (ex. contains the old man and the sea)
  • Further refine in the Advanced search to words in title, material type, year, and more.

What does Linfield Search include?

  • The Everything scope includes materials at Linfield, Summit (consortium of academic libraries in Washington and Oregon), and articles from many databases and freely available sources (like PubMed) as well as full text from some of our online Encyclopedias and other freely available full text ebooks. For WorldCat items (beyond Summit) use the WorldCat scope.
  • Linfield Libraries scope include books, dvds, etc. from Linfield Libraries. 
  • The Articles scope limits to subscribed and freely available articles.  Not all articles from our databases are in Articles scope, so check individual Research Databases  as well.
  • Ebsco only scope funnels all the Ebsco databases into one search.
  • WorldCat scope features all WorldCat Worldwide libraries, including all Summit and Linfield.  So try the Everything scope first.

 What does it not include?

  • Some articles from dozens of Research Databases do not appear.  While Linfield Search is a great place to start for finding articles, try more specialized options from the Research Databases link in top toolbar or via the dropdown on the Libraries page left sidebar. 

 What else does Linfield Search do?

  • If you sign in, you can check My Account.
  • E-Shelf allows yout to save, organize and send lists of titles for the current session, or if you sign in, more permanently.  Click on stars by each item in a results set that you would like to include in e-shelf.
  • Allows you to mark, save, email, and export citations

 What other resources are available to me?

If you don't find what you want in Linfield Search,  consult the Library Class Pages and Research Databases and Online Encyclopedias links from the mainpage left sidebar.  And please ask us for anytime for assistance.

What happened to Periodicals@Linfield

Periodicals@Linfield linked to the list of Linfield -accessible journals both online and in print included in the older system. Since this system is no longer being updated, that list is becoming increasingly out of date. The new Ejournals A-Z list links online journal titles only. But you can find if we have any particular journal, whether online or in print, by choosing Advanced Search, limiting Material Type to Journal, then searching the journal title.

 What happened to my old WildCat account?

The older account stopped with the new system. For your old account, go to WildCat and look on the left sidebar. You will need your old barcode on your id.

What happened to old WorldCat?

The older WorldCat (FirstSearch) containing materials from  Libraries Worldwide is found via Linfield Search WorldCat scope.  If you are searching off campus, for best results use this link.

What happened to old Summit?

The older Summit was fully replaced by the current Summit wrapped into the Everything scope of Linfield Search

How can I see my Summit account?

You must sign into your Summit account to see your account activity.


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