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What is SuperSearch?

SuperSearch is Twin Cities Library's search engine, and it enables you to:

  • search the entire library at once
  • discover peer-reviewed resources faster
  • copy and paste APA citations into your papers
  • get help 24/7 via our Chat Now service

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What is included in SuperSearch?

SuperSearch contains 200+ million resources (the entire Twin Cities Library), which include:

  • articles
  • assessment tests
  • books
  • dissertations
  • dvds
  • ebooks
  • streaming videos

As a bonus, SuperSearch has open access articles, working papers, dissertations, and theses.

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What is not included in SuperSearch?

SuperSearch includes all Twin Cities Library resources except ProQuest Dissertations, which you can find on the Dissertations page.

How do I SuperSearch?

Learn how to find, access, cite, and save resources in SuperSearch by watching our Searching SuperSearch tutorial: Standard version | iPad version.

Or you can read our quick 'n' dirty two-page SuperSearch handout.

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How do I find peer-reviewed articles?

  1. Enter your search terms into SuperSearch.
  2. Select the Peer-Reviewed Articles checkbox from the left sidebar.

Careful! Not everything published in a peer-reviewed journal is "peer-reviewed." Non-scholarly items like book reviews, news blurbs, and editor's opinion pieces can be published in peer-reviewed journals; they will be pulled into your search results even when the Peer-Reviewed Articles box is checked.

Always evaluate your sources before including them in your research, and become familiar with the characteristics of peer-reviewed articles.

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I got too many results.

You can reduce your results by:

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I got too few results.

You can get more results by:

  • Checking your spelling.
  • Using fewer or broader search terms.
  • Using the Boolean operator "OR".
  • Expanding the date range (if you had previously narrowed it).
  • Unchecking the Full Text checkbox from the left-hand sidebar, which will expand your search to articles owned by other libraries.
  • Searching Google Scholar.

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How do I find MFT Systemic Journals?

Search our MFT Systemic Journals SuperSearch to automatically restrict your search results to family and relational journals.

Uncheck the Limit to MFT Systemic Journals box to search all psychology-related resources.

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How do I download SuperSearch articles?

Select the PDF - Full Text or Get Full Text links to view, print, and download your articles.

Uncheck the Full Text box from the left sidebar of the results page to find items from other libraries. You can request these articles through interlibrary loan, and they will be emailed to your SMU Gmail account within 1-2 business days.

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How do I request books, dvds, and assessment tests?

  1. Select Request this item below the item's title in your SuperSearch results.
  2. Log in using your Saint Mary's username and password.
  3. Select the Login button.
  4. Select Place Hold, and a request form will appear.
  5. Select the Create Hold Request button.

We will hold your item at the library desk and email your Saint Mary's Gmail account as soon as the item is ready for you to pick it up. Contact us if you need the item mailed to you.

If your item is checked out, you may request it from another library by filling out an interlibrary loan request form. If the item is an assessment test or a dissertation, you must place a hold and wait for us to email you when it is available.

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How do I request items that aren't in SuperSearch?

If you are unable to find a specific item in SuperSearch:

  1. search its title in Google Scholar
  2. select the More or Full Text Options - SMU links
  3. fill out the interlibrary loan form to request the item from another library

Articles are emailed to your SMU Gmail account wtihin 1-2 business days, and books arrive within 1-4 business days. Learn more about interlibrary loan.

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How do I find and download ebooks?

You can view ebooks online or download them to any device by following our ebooks in SuperSearch instructions.

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How do I copy APA citations from SuperSearch?

  1. Select the title of your item.
  2. Select Cite from the right-hand sidebar, and a citation window will open at the top of the webpage.
  3. Select the APA citation.
  4. Copy and paste the citation into your paper.
  5. Check the citation for formatting accuracy.

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How do I create a SuperSearch account?

  1. Go to the Twin Cities Library website.
  2. Select Advanced Supersearch, located next to the SuperSearch box.
  3. Log in using your Saint Mary's username and password (same as WebTools, Blackboard, and Engage).
  4. Select Sign In at the top right of the SuperSearch screen.
  5. Select Create a New Account.
  6. Fill out the required fields.
    • Use two words
    • Include at least two of the following: capitalization, numbers, or symbols (e.g., SkolVikings15), or;
    • Use a memorable phrase of three or more words; include capital letters (e.g., OnceUponATime).
    • More help.
  7. Select Save Changes, and start searching!

Your SuperSearch account is free, and it enables you to:

  • permanently save articles, ebooks, and premade searches
  • set up search alerts
  • access your work from any Internet-enabled device any time

If you already have an account with EBSCO, you already have a SuperSearch account! Sign in as usual.

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What is my SuperSearch password?

Twin Cities librarians know a lot of things, but your SuperSearch password is not one of them. Alas! To retrieve your password:

  1. Select the Sign In link.
  2. Select Forgot your password? under the login screen.
  3. Answer the secret question you used to set up your account.
  4. Select Forgot your user name and password? if that did not work.

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How do I email SuperSearch articles?

  1. Sign into your SuperSearch account.
  2. Select Folder from the top right menu.
  3. Mark the boxes next to the articles you would like to email to yourself.
  4. Select E-mail (located in the right-hand sidebar).
  5. Enter your email address(es).
  6. Select Send. Boom!

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How do I save articles in SuperSearch?

  1. Sign into your SuperSearch account.
  2. Perform a brilliant search.
  3. Select the blue folder icon located to the right of each resource's title on the results page. The item is now saved in your SuperSearch folder.
  4. Select the Folder link at the top right of SuperSearch to view your items.

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I saved articles to my folder, and they're not there anymore.

You must log in twice for articles to be permanently saved in your folder; once to gain access to SuperSearch, and again to gain access to your personal SuperSearch account. If you are not logged in to your personal SuperSearch account, your articles will not be saved from session to session.

Off-Campus Users

  1. Perform a search using SuperSearch.
  2. Log in to SuperSearch using your Saint Mary's username and password (same as WebTools, Gmail, Blackboard, Engage).
  3. Select the Sign In link located in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  4. Enter the username and password you created to log in.

On-Campus Users

  1. Perform a search using SuperSearch.
  2. Select the Sign In link located in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Enter your SuperSearch account username and password to log in.

We realize this is annoying. We hope to offer a seamless Single Sign On option in the future.

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Need more help? Ask Us!

Learn how to SuperSearch - Standard Version
Learn how to SuperSearch - iPad-friendly Version