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USearch Help

By signing into your USearch account, you have the ability to search, save, and share item records and database queries even more efficiently. Check out these topics below for more information. As always, feel free to get in touch if you'd like more information on these functions or USearch in general.

USearch Topics

Logging in to MyAccount

Logging in to MyAccount

1. From the USearch page, click on "Sign in" in the upper right corner. This will take you to the NetID login page.

2. From the NetID login page, click "Northwestern Users."

3. Enter your NetID and password and click "Log In."

4. Once you are logged in to USearch, click on your name in the upper right corner.

5. Next, click "My Account."

Saving Searches

Saving Searches

Find yourself frequently searching on a particular subject or author? A great way to stay organized and up to date with the latest collection additions is to save your search within USearch. After saving your search, you can easily pull it up again or set up an email alert when new results are added.

Saving a Search

1. Sign into USearch

2. Execute a search

3. Select 'Save Query'

Retrieving Saved Searches

1. Click the 'Pin' icon to go to 'My Favorites'.

2. Select the 'Saved Searches' tab.

3. Select the saved search from the list.

Saved Search Email Alerts

Getting Saved Search Alerts in Your Inbox

Find yourself frequently searching on a particular subject or author? A great way to stay organized and up to date with the latest collection additions is to save your search and setup an email alert. An email will be sent to you when new items that appear in your search query are added.

Setting up a Search Alert

1. Sign into USearch.

2. Execute a search.

3. Select 'Save query' above the search results.

4. A banner notification will appear. Click the 'bell' icon.

5. Enter your email, and press save.

Alternative Saving Option

1. Go to you account.

2. Click the 'bell' icon to set up a notification for the saved search.

3. The notifications will be sent to the email address for your account.

Using 'My Favorites'

Using My Favorites

Adding item records to 'My Favorites' is a great way to stay organized and develop a carefully selected group of records for future use, such as a course reading list. Within 'My Favorites,' you may create labels to organize your saved items, email saved items, print item records, push items to citation management systems (i.e. EndNote), and more. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questions about using 'My Favorites.'

Adding Items to 'My Favorites'

1. Sign into USearch.

2. Execute a search.

3. Click the 'Pin' icon next to the item you want to save.

Accessing & Organizing Your e-Shelf

1. Click the 'Pin' icon from the top menu.

2. Select the 'Saved Records' tab.

3. Click "Add Labels" to sort the title under a topic.

4. Type in a relevant topic and PRESS ENTER.

5. You will see the label(s) you created on the right and at the bottom of the record.

Permalinks

Using Permalinks

Find something great in USearch and want to share it with others? There are several ways to save a search or an items record within USearch, but if you'd like to link directly back to the record from an external location, you'll want to use a permalink.

1. Execute a search in USearch.

2. Locate a title of interest.

3. Click the ellipsis to the top right of the title to view more actions.

4. Click 'Permalink'.

5. Copy the link and use it to direct others directly to the resource.

Citations

Getting Citations

In USearch, you can retrieve citations directly from the item record. These are available in a variety of citation styles, including Chicago/Turabian and APA. Follow these steps to learn how.

1. Execute a search in USearch.

2. Click on an item of interest.

3. Click on the ellipsis.

4. Select 'Get Citation'. Choose the desired citation style.

5. Select 'Copy the Citation to the Clipboard'.

6. Paste the citation to the desired location.

*Remember to check your citations for accuracy, as there may be small errors, like spacing and missing information.

Emailing an Item Record

Emailing an Item Record

Find the perfect item and want to share it? USearch contains records for multiple copies of items residing in varied locations. To share an item record, select email from the 'More Actions' menui n the item record. Alternatively, you could email items you may have saved to 'My Favorites,' or send along a permalink. See previous tabs to learn how to do this.

1. Sign into USearch.

2. Execute a search.

3. Click the ellipsis to the right of the title to view more actions.

4. Click 'E-mail'

5. Enter an e-mail address and click 'Send'.

Sending from Your Account

1. Sign into USearch.

2. Select the 'pin' in the top right.

3. Select the 'Saved Records' tab.

4. Select the envelope icon to the top right of any title.

5. Enter an email address, and press 'Send'.

Renewing Materials Online

Renewing Materials Online

Renewing materials online is easy. Keep in mind that not all material may be renewable, such as reserve items. 'My Account' is also the place to be if you're interested in viewing your fines & fees, or changing your personal settings, such as the number of results displayed or language used in USearch. Questions about your account, renewing materials, or fine & fees? Just get in touch.

1. Sign into USearch.

2. Select your name in the top right of your screen. Then select, 'My Account'.

3. Select the 'Loans' tab.

5. Select 'Renew' to the right of each item you want to renew. Alternatively, you can select the items that you want to renew and then press 'Renew Selected'. You may also simply select 'Renew All' to renew everything you have on loan.

Placing a Request

How to Place a Request in USearch

1. Sign into USearch and locate an item,

2. Click on the title of the item. 

3. In the 'Get It' section, click 'Request'

4. Select 'Styberg Library' as pickup location from the drop-down menu and click 'Request'. You may also include a date and a comment, but those are not necessary.