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Library Catalogs     Course Reserves     New Books     BookBag      Ask! a Librarian     Multi-Database Searching


Ask! a Librarian

Ask! 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 hours.

Ask! a Librarian

If 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.

Ask! Live Greeting

Advantages of this online service:

  • A visual representation of useful web pages that will help you answer your questions while the dialogue continues through text messaging.
  • Live links that can be followed immediately.
  • The ability to continue the dialogue until you are satisfied with the results.
  • Follow-up e-mail with the transcript of the session and links to the pages you visited for future reference.

Ask! Live Session End



Use the Bookbag feature to save search results for later use.

Book Bag

Click on the Bookbag link in Orbis and log on to your library account.

Search 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.

Save to Bookbag


If you wish to delete an item from the Bookbag, mark the item in the Delete column and click the Delete Selected Titles button.

Delete Records from Your Bookbag

If you wish to delete all items from the Bookbag, click Empty Your Bookbag.

Save and Delete Options



Course Reserves

Course 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 on reserve.

To search for items on reserve:

From the Simple Search screen, click on the Course Reserves tab.
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.

Course Reserve Search

Click the Search button.

Regardless 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 reserve. Course Reserve Search Results

Note that every reserve location has its own loan and shelving policies. If you need assistance, please contact the Reserve Staff at the appropriate library.


Library Catalogs

Using 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.

Search Multiple Library Catalogs

For more direct links and more searching options, consult the list of Library Catalogs.


New Books

New Books retrieves a list of new materials such as books, CDs, or videos but not newspapers, journals, or other serials.

New Books Search


Select Location: To view the list, select one library location or 'All locations'.

  • Note: 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 one location.

Period: 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.

Sort by: 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.


Using the Multi-Database Search Service

From the Databases & Article Searching entry page use one of these options to search more than one database at once.


Quick Start in Multi-database Searching

Quick Start allows simultaneous searching for books across more than one catalog:

  • Local Catalogs: Orbis, Morris, the Law library Catalog and the New Haven Public Library Catalog

  • Books Anywhere: Amazon Books, WorldCat, Orbis, Morris, and the New Haven Free Public Library

Quick Start 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 by category:

Multi-Database Search

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.

Multi-Database Search Results

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:

View the List of Results

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.

Article Details View

Click on Yale Links to connect to:

  • Full Text
  • Orbis
  • Online Journals
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Help from the Ask! a Librarian online reference service
  • Information about access to online resources from off-campus.

Yale Links

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 All box.
  • Name folders to store results for future sessions using the Save As link.

Article Saved to My Research



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