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What is MultiSearch?

MultiSearch is a single Google-like federated search engine that simultaneously searches almost all of CIT Libraries online resources, including:

• The full Library Catalogue
• All CIT’s eBooks
• Almost all CIT’s online journal databases

With MultiSearch you can quickly and easily search through millions of full-text online academic resources made available by CIT Libraries to access worthwhile material for your research and teaching. You can get immediate access to articles, eBooks, theses, music, art, conference proceedings and so much more. MultiSearch is CIT Libraries’ name for the Summon™ service, from Serials Solutions.

What does MultiSearch search?

Our full catalogue, and full collection of eBooks are searched by MultiSearch along with almost all of our online journal databases.

The online databases that are included in MultiSearch are:

•OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson)
• EBSCOhost
• ScienceDirect
• Emerald Insight
• ACM Digital Library
• IEEE Xplore Digital Library
• JSTOR Ireland Collection
• MathSciNet

How to Refine/Expand a search

Because you are searching literally tens of millions of academic resources, it is important to be able to refine your search to get just what you want as quickly as possible.

Refine Your Options to find relevant results quickly and easily. You should refine your search after carrying out your initial search. Refining options are found on the left had side of the screen and include view items with full text online, content type, subject relevance, publication date and language type. You can even limit your search to material from a particular CIT Library.

Advanced Search

MultiSearch has an Advanced Search option to allow you to get exactly what you want, when you want it. Here you can narrow down the search BEFORE you do it, by ticking the boxes in advance.

The Advanced Search box is located just to the right of the main search box and it will give you the option of using several more detailed search parameters.

Using the Advanced Search options, you can limit your search to include certain words or phrases, a particular author, ISBN, particular publication title or even a specific date range.

Export Bibliographic Details from MultiSearch

MultiSearch offers you the option of copying or exporting the bibliographic details or reference/citation for use in your report or thesis. To get this, simply click the folder icon on the top right of the article you require.

Then go to the “Saved Items” option on the bottom of your screen and select the style of reference you want (APA, AMA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard). You can then copy, email, print or export this reference.

MultiSearch limitations

MultiSearch is a powerful and very useful tool to get quick and easy access to almost all the books, articles and other materials available via our various collections. It saves you from having to search through each individual collection to get useful documents.
However, in some ways it can be a somewhat blunt instrument, since it has to search so many different collections, each of which has a different type of search parameters, bibliometric data etc. It also does not search all the many online journal database collections we have.
If you are carrying out high-level research or if you want to be comprehensive in your searches and want to be sure that you are accessing the very best material for you, we recommend that you search the individual online journal database collections individually. Many of these have very powerful and specifically chosen search interface options for their individual collections. These also provide you with other features, such as saved searches, alerts etc. that MultiSearch cannot offer.