SuperSearch FAQ

DIY Tutorial: How to use SuperSearch

DIY Tutorial: SuperSearch

Learn how to use SuperSearch with our DIY Tutorial.

SuperSearch is a web-scale discovery tool that allows users to search the contents of multiple library catalogues and databases simultaneously. “Web-scale” refers to the attempt to match the kind of broad and deep search many of us are used to with Google and other web search tools.

SuperSearch will be a great place to start searching for many users. Because it is interdisciplinary, you can find information on almost any topic using SuperSearch. You will also find information in a variety of formats, including: books, articles, dvds, book reviews, government documents, dissertations & theses.

Tip: Check out the “Format Type” on your results page the next time you run a search.

Everything in the library catalogue, our digital repository, all of our EBSCO databases (including Academic Search Complete), JSTORWeb of Science, and several other databases and journal article citations from scholarly and peer-reviewed publications.

Tip: Check out the “Limit by Database” on your results page the next time you run a search.

Millions of items can be searched in SuperSearch in all subject areas. However, SuperSearch does not include all content in databases that the library subscribes to. What is and is not included can change periodically.

Tip: Ask your Librarian if you are unsure of the relevant databases in your subject area.


There is A LOT of electronic, full text content in SuperSearch. However, physical items like print books and DVDs listed in the library catalogue still require that you get them from the shelf.

There are also some citations to articles and other materials that are not immediately available at Brock. Many of these items can be borrowed from other universities using Interlibrary loan and can then be emailed to you.

Tip: To limit your search results to full-text items only, check the “Full Text” box on your results page after you run a search.

It is going to be a matter of personal preference. If you want to be able to use advanced search limits available in some individual library databases, choose those databases specifically instead of SuperSearch. If you only want results based on research done in a specific academic discipline, use a subject database.

Tip: Visit a Library Research Guide for recommended databases in your subject area.

Scholarly articles related to Canada are easy to find in SuperSearch. Unfortunately, Canadian newspapers are not as well represented.

Tip: If you want to search the content of newspapers published in Canada, start with Canadian Newsstand or CBCA instead.


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