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Searching for Resources

Tips on how to search for the resources you need!

Introduction to Library Search

The Library Search on the SUSS Library Website is a discovery search tool that enables you to search simultaneously across almost all the databases and e-collection that library has subscribed to and all physical resources.

For databases that are not included in the Library Search, you will need to access the databases directly to access their content. You can refer to our FAQ to know the databases that are excluded from the Library Search.

You are required to log in with your SUSS username and password for complete access, and to be able to save your searches. Learn how to log in here.

Basic Search

A basic search allows you to search through broad topics using relevant keywords or phrases quickly. The results will give an overview of the type of resources available. You can efficiently conduct a basic search by entering the keywords in the search box on the SUSS Library Website.

Advanced Search

If you have multiple keywords, you may use Advanced Search. The options available on the Advanced Search page allow you to narrow your search results, which also means you can yield more relevant resources.

  • Search Scope: Everything, Electronic. Just looking for electronic sources? You can narrow your search scope.
  • Any field: “any field”, title, author/creator, subject, ISBN, ISSN.
  • Material Type: You can search specifically for Books, Journals, Articles, Conference Proceedings, Newspaper Articles, Audiovisual material.
  • Language: English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil
  • Publication Date: This narrows your search by year or a specific date range. This is useful if you would like to search for recent articles (which may be more updated and relevant), or older articles (for example, if you might like to compare new information with older information).

Keep in mind that, depending on your study subject, narrowing your search too much may result in either too few or no results at all.  So be sure to play around with your keywords.

Filtering and Sorting Your Results

You can use the filters (scroll on the left), known as 'Tweak my results', to sort the results by relevance, date (newest to oldest, or oldest to newest), author, or title. You can also only filter for the following: (peer-reviewed journals, full text online, available in the library, open access), and so on.