Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research at CSU-Pueblo


What is SuperSearch? 

SuperSearch is a discovery tool that contains records for almost all of the items owned or licensed by CSU-Pueblo's Library, along with open access scholarly materials.  It is shared with CSU-Ft. Collins, and you can request books from their collection to use here.  See Requesting Books from Ft. Collins. Besides physical materials including print books, dvds, government documents, and maps, SuperSearch gives you online access to millions of scholarly articles, as well as conference proceedings, technical reports, magazine and newspaper articles, streaming videos, ebooks, and primary sources. 

Your Library Account

SuperSearch  includes a circulation system used to check out library materials. Choose University, and use your campus network userid and password to log into your library account. Your account lets you monitor and renew items that you've checked out from CSU-Pueblo, Morgan Library at Ft. Collins, and Prospector libraries. You can use it to request books and other materials to be put on hold for pick up at the library's circulation desk on the first floor of the LARC building. 

Personalize SuperSearch

Once you have logged into your library account, you can personalize your searching by choosing your area or major so that your search results are related to your discipline. After running a search, you'll see "Personalize" in the middle of the screen underneath the search box. Clicking on it allows you to choose multiple disciplines based on your research needs. 

Activity:   Run a search on your favorite topic, log into your library account, and personalize it!

Open activity in a web browser.

Search Limiters

After you you've run a search, you can narrow your results using the Refine my results options (often referred to as limiters or facets) on the left. Here is how they work: 

Sort by: Organize results by relevance, date, author, or title

Show only:  Limit by online format (articles, ebooks, images),  peer reviewed articles, print at Pueblo or Ft. Collins, or open access (the item is online and not subscription-based)

Source type: Limit to specific types of resources, including newspaper, statistical, book reviews, background information, and many more

Publication date: Narrow the date range 

Subject: Limit to specific subject headings

Author/Creator: Limit to specific authors

Library: Choose from the CSU-Pueblo Library or the Ft. Collins Libraries (Morgan and Vet)

Collection: Narrow your sources by where they are located in the library (use the digital maps by the elevators to find out more)

Language: Select a language

Classification LCC: Narrow to a Library of Congress call number range

Expand My Results: Searches other resources not owned by the CSU-Pueblo Library, with the option to request them via Interlibrary Loan


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