a Librarian Multi-Database
a Librarian is Yale's digital reference service. Ask a question
by phone, e-mail, or through Ask!live, the library's online,
live service. Ask!live allows you to submit reference questions
to reference staff in real time during the available
you want to receive a complete transcript of your session with the
librarian, including all text messages and links to web sites visited,
you must enter your e-mail address. The pages passed to you will
show on the right side of the screen. They are live web pages with
links you can follow. To
have a phone conversation during your session, enter your phone
number at the start of the session.
of this online service:
visual representation of useful web pages that will help you answer
your questions while the dialogue continues through text messaging.
links that can be followed immediately.
ability to continue the dialogue until you are satisfied with
e-mail with the transcript of the session and links to the pages
you visited for future reference.
the Bookbag feature to save search results for later use.
on the Bookbag link in Orbis and log on to your library account.
Orbis and select one or more records from the title list. Click
on Save to Bookbag button at the bottom of the page in the
Save Options box to add items to your Bookbag.
you wish to delete an item from the Bookbag, mark the item
in the Delete column and click the Delete Selected Titles
you wish to delete all items from the Bookbag, click Empty Your
Reserve materials are listed in Orbis. A Course Reserve search
allows you to see a list of items an instructor has put on reserve
for a particular class. This list will give you the call numbers,
locations and status (available or checked out) for books that are
search for items on reserve:
the Simple Search screen, click on the Course Reserves
Choose one or more drop down menus (Instructor, Department, or Course),
and select items from the menus either by scrolling to the appropriate
entry, or by typing the first letter of the entry for which you
are looking, and scrolling from there.
the Search button.
of the type of search you did (Instructor, Department, or Course),
your search results will display a list of titles in alphabetical
order, and show the Department and Course for which they are on
that every reserve location has its own loan and shelving policies.
If you need assistance, please contact the Reserve
Staff at the appropriate library.
the Library Catalogs feature, you may search the holdings of the
Yale University Law Library, the Center for Research Libraries,
the Library of Congress, and selected other libraries from within
the Orbis interface.
more direct links and more searching options, consult the list of
Books retrieves a list of new materials such as books, CDs,
or videos but not newspapers, journals, or other serials.
Location: To view the list, select one library location or 'All
Library Locations represent the physical location(s) where the
books or other materials are shelved. Books and other materials
from a specific discipline or subject area may be in more than
Select a time period to view new materials acquired in the last
week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, or 4 weeks. If you select 'last 4 weeks,'
you will see all materials selected in the last month.
You can indicate whether your list is sorted by Title, Author, or
Call Number in the Sort by list. Note that some of the titles
on the New Books list do not yet have call numbers assigned; to
request materials with the status UNCAT or In Process, use the Place
Requests function. For New Books in the Government Documents
& Information Center, sort by Call Number for best results.
the Multi-Database Search Service
the Databases & Article Searching entry page use one of these
options to search more than one database at once.
allows simultaneous searching for books across more than
- Local Catalogs: Orbis,
Morris, the Law library Catalog and the New Haven Public Library
- Books Anywhere: Amazon
Books, WorldCat, Orbis, Morris, and the New Haven Free Public
allows simultaneous searching for articles from journals or magazines
across these general databases
- Article Search: Academic
Search Premier, General Science Full Text, Humanities Full Text,
Social Science Full Text, Web of Science
Use Multi-Database Search to search more than one database
Select a Category and a Sub Category
from the drop down list and click on the check box for the databases
appropriate to your search. Click the GO button.
Click View Results to see articles from the database, American
Periodical Series in this example, or click on results
in other databases or combined
results to see multi-database search results.
Below is the beginning of a list of combined
results for this search:
From here you can:
- Sort the results by Rank, Title, Author,
Year, or Database.
- Click on results
by databases to see the results from a single database.
- Add selected articles to My
Research by clicking on Add
to My Research. If you have logged in you will keep
these results for every logged in session until you delete them.
- Go directly to the database, Periodicals Contents Index in this
example, by clicking on the database name.
- Click on the article title to see details about it and Save
and/or Send the results.
Click on Yale Links to connect to:
- Full Text
- Online Journals
- Interlibrary Loan
- Help from the Ask! a Librarian online reference
- Information about access to online resources from off-campus.
Click on My Research to:
- Log In and keep results for future sessions.
- Select articles to Save/Email by clicking on the box
to the right of article authors or by clicking on the Select
- Name folders to store results for future sessions using the
Save As link.