Linfield Libraries Search: Research Tips and Tricks

Linfield Library Search (powered by Primo ExLibris; Icons credit) will connect with books, articles, videos, and more from Linfield and libraries worldwide.

Sign in (top right) for best results searching AND to take advantage of customizable personal features like My Library Account, Favorites, History, Tags and more.

Search results include:

  • (green) Available - Discover books, videos etc. at Linfield Libraries plus full text articles and E-Books online
  • (orange) Summit - These include Summit items that can be requested. SIgnin with CatNet ID to get request options.
  • (gray) Request Article - These usually include articles that we do not have but that are requestable via Interlibrary loan. Articles can arrive from within hours to 1-2 days.

Get It (for physical items) or View It (for online items) provide access links or information to access resources.
The Details section provides more information about the item.

Use the dropdown scopes to search:

  • Linfield + Summit + Articles - By default scope includes books from Linfield and dozens of Summit regional academic libraries and articles from subscribed and freely available journals worldwide and even some websites, datasets and academic websites.  Use Filters on Right to limit by format (books, peer-reviewed articles, in the Library) etc.  Request Summit items  with delivery about 3-5 days.
  • Linfield Libraries - find books and other physical materials available only at 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.

Top Toolbar

  • New Search - start search again 
  • Databases - Disciplinary Research Databases that can be searched individually.  Organized by discipline and alphabetically.
  • WorldCat - finds materials worldwide beyond Summit, including from public libraries and other regional collections outside the Pacific Northwest. (Delivery on WorldCat requested items is longer than Summit, about 3-10 days).
  • Journals Search - Access alphabetically to Electronic journals .  Print journals not included. Both Electronic and print journals in our collection can also be found by searching in Linfield Search by journal title.
  • Tags - use tags created by others to provide another way to gather materials by subject.  If signed in, you can create your own tags at the bottom of a full record. 
  • Browse - works well for finding books using Subject headings (Viticulture - Oregon) or by Library of Congress Classification numbers (ex. SB387.76.O7 O74).
  • Chat Help - Get answers online either via live chat , staff contact information, or links to a variety of tips and FAQs.
  • Favorites pin - System provided answers to searching and other features, including Library Account and using E-Shelf and Alerts to manage results lists.

Tips for Searching Linfield Libraries Search

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

  • Sign in  with CatNet ID first for best results.  Summit and other Interlibrary Loan options require sign in, as does access to  Favorites, Library Account, etc.. Further,  certain databases require login in order to be included in results (e.g.Web of Science, MLA).  The Ebsco scope requires login if you are off campus.  You can signin from the main searchbox or at point of request you will be prompted to sign-in.
  • 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 Filters: After search, notice the facets along the right. 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.) 
  • Library Account - tracks your checkouts and allows renewals (requires sign in)
  • Favorites - 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 interface 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 Libraries Search include?

  • The Linfield+Summit+Articles 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 link located in Top Right Toolbar on the results page
  • 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..

 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. 
  •  While Summit provides a lot outside Linfield Libraries, it does not include everything found in WorldCat.  For materials outside region and via public libraries WorldCat can be handy.