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USearch Help

USearch is the name for the library's online catalog or discovery system. This online resource has a lot of features that are only available to users who sign in to their accounts. You can use USearch without signing in; however, by signing in to your USearch account, you have the ability to search, save, and share item records and searches even more efficiently. Check out these topics below for more information. As always, feel free to contact us if you would like more information about these functions or USearch in general.

USearch Video Tutorial

USearch Topics

Logging in to My Account

Logging in to My Account

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

Alternatively, you can click on the My Account link below the USearch search box on our homepage.

2. From the NetID login page, click “Northwestern Users” if you are a current student, staff, or faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary or Bexley Seabury Seminary. If you are a community, family, or alumni patron, click “Registered Borrowers” and use the email for your library account. If you have not set up a password previously, select “Reset password” and follow the steps to activate your account.

    

3. Enter your NetID (e.g., abc1234) and password and click "Log In." For more information about your NetID, see this page.

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

5. Next, click "My Account" from the drop-down menu.

6. From My Account, you can view your loans, requests, fines, and more. You can also renew your materials. See the “Renewing Items” tab below for more information about this. Other tabs below detail more features of My Account.

Renewing Items

Renewing Items

Renewing materials online is easy. Keep in mind that not all material may be renewable, such as reserve or recalled items. 'My Account' is also the place to be if you are interested in viewing your fines and 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 and fees? Feel free to contact us.

1. Sign in to USearch. (See the Logging in to My Account tab above for more information.)

2. Once you have successfully logged in, your name should appear in the top right. Click on your name and select My Loans from the drop-down menu.

3. Select 'Renew' to the right of each item you want to renew. You may also simply select 'Renew All' to renew everything you have on loan. Alternatively, you can renew items by clicking on the empty box to the left of each title and then selecting the 'Renew Selected' link that appears above your loans in place of the 'Renew All' link.

 

Requesting Items

Requesting Items

1. Sign in to your account. (See the Logging in to My Account tab above for more information.)

2. Search for an item.

3. Click on the title of the item. 

4. The item record will then appear. In the 'Get It' section, click 'Request'.

5. Select 'Styberg Library' as pickup location from the drop-down menu and click 'Request'. You may also include a date when the item is no longer needed and a comment, but those are not necessary.

6. You will receive an email when your item is ready to be picked up.

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 in to USearch. (See the Logging in to My Account tab above for more information.)

2. Search for an item.

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

Accessing & Organizing Your e-Shelf

1. Once you click the pin icon to save an item, you can view all saved items by clicking the 'Pin' icon from the top menu.

2. Select the 'Saved Records' tab.

3. To further organize and customize your saved items, you can add labels. To do this, click 'Add Labels' underneath any saved item's details.

4. Type in a relevant topic and press Enter.

5. You will see the label(s) that you created on the right and at the bottom of the record. When you click on these labels, all items with those labels will appear. You can edit/delete a label or add additional labels by clicking the pencil next to the existing label(s). To delete, select the 'X' next to the label you want to remove. To add additional labels, click 'Add new label'.

Saving Searches

Saving Searches

Do you find yourself frequently searching for a particular subject or author? Do you not have time to go through all of your results at one time?

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 by logging in to your account and opening your saved searches. You can also set up an email alert when new results are added. (To learn more about email alerts, see the 'Receiving Email Alerts' tab.)

Saving a Search

1. Sign in to USearch. (See the Logging in to My Account tab above for more information.)

2. Search for an item.

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

Retrieving Saved Searches

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

2. Select the 'Saved Searches' tab.

3. Click on the desired saved search from the list to retrieve the results again.

4. If you click the 'Search History' tab you can see all searches that you have initiated since logging in to your account. You can choose to save these for later, and they will appear in your saved searches. You can also delete them; however, they will automatically delete when you log out or close the browser.

Receiving Email Alerts

Receiving Email Alerts

Do you find yourself frequently searching for a particular subject or author? A great way to stay organized and up to date with the latest additions is to save your search and set up an email alert. An email will be sent to you anytime new items that meet your search query are added.

Setting up a Search Alert

1. Sign in to USearch. (See the “Logging into My Account” tab for more information.)

2. Search for an item.

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

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

5. A pop-up will appear. Enter your email, and press save.

Alternative Saving Option

1. Go to My Account.

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

3. Periodic notifications will be sent to the email address that you provided. Anytime an item is added that meets your original search query, you will receive these emails.

Copying Permalinks

Copying Permalinks

Did you find something great in USearch that you want to share with others? There are several ways to save a search for an item's record within USearch, but if you would like to link directly back to the record, it is best to use the permalink.

1. Search for an item 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 by clicking the 'Copy the Permalink to Clipboard' and then pasting the link into a desired location, like a document or email.

Getting 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. Initiate a search in USearch.

2. Click on the ellipsis next to an item of interest.

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

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

5. Paste the citation to the desired location, like a document or email. If you use a citation management software like EndNote or Zotero, you may want to try the 'Export Bibtex', 'EndNote', or 'EndNote Web' options to the left of the 'Get Citation' icon. For more information about citation management software, see our Citing and Writing Resources Guide.

*Remember to check your citations for accuracy, as these citations are machine-generated and may contain errors, like spacing, extra characters, and/or missing information.

Emailing Items

Emailing Items

Did you find the perfect item and want to share it with yourself or others? USearch contains records for multiple copies of items that reside in various locations. To share an item record, select email from the 'More Actions' menu in the item record. Alternatively, you could email items that you may have saved to 'My Favorites,' or send along a permalink. See the 'Using My Favorites' and 'Copying Permalinks' tabs above for more information.

1. Initiate a Search in USearch.

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

4. Click 'E-mail'.

5. Enter your email address, check 'I'm not a robot', and click Send. You may also add a brief note that will be sent along with the link to the item.

Sending from My Account

1. Sign in to USearch. (See the Logging in to My Account tab above for more information.)

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

3. Select the 'Saved Records' tab.

4. Click on the envelope icon to the top right of any title.

5. Enter your email address, check 'I'm not a robot', and click Send.