Use SouthernSearch to locate information in our library. SouthernSearch provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.
Enter your search terms in the search box provided and click on Search. The default is to search "Everything at SCSU." You can click on the down arrow next to "Everything at SCSU" for other choices such as SCSU Catalog and Collections, Articles and e-books, Course Reserves, and CT State Colleges and Universities.
When searching by keyword use "and" to combine your search terms for more precise results.
Example: Dickens and literary criticism
You can combine as many terms as you wish using "and" but the more terms you use the less results you will get.
Use "or" to expand or broaden your search. "Or" is generally used with synonyms.
Example: Great Expectations or A Tale of Two Cities
You can combine as many terms as you wish using "or" and the more terms you combine the greater your results will be.
Use Advanced Search for more search options to limit or focus your search.
Advanced Search allows you to search by Title, Author, Subject, ISBN.
To find books by an author, select Author from the pull-down menu and enter the author's last name first followed by the first name.
Example: Dickens, Charles
Searches will retrieve articles and other materials as well as books. To limit your search to books, use the options on the left after you receive the initial results.
When searching SouthernSearch for books about a subject, you can either do a subject heading search or a keyword search. Subject searches are more formal and result in fewer erroneous results, keyword searches are more Google-like. Here are examples of both:
Call numbers indicate where in the library books are shelved:
Here's a floorplan indicating where materials are shelved on each floor of the library.
Several IT printers on the first floor allow you to scan books or documents. There is a printer located by the IT Help Desk and another printer near the reference stacks. Scanning to your email is free. Copying and printing is 5 cents for a single side black and white page and 8 cents for a double-side page. Color printing is 25 cents for a single page and 40 cents for a double-side page. Assistance with scanning using the IT printers is provided by the IT Help Desk on the first floor.
A book scanner is available on the ground floor of the library. Users can scan to a flash drive for free. You cannot print from the book scanner. Assistance with scanning using the book scanner is provided by the Research Desk on the first floor.
Hoot Loot card holders can add to their account from the Card Value Center in Buley Library which is located opposite the Check-out counter on the main floor.
Circulating books are checked out at the Check-out desk on the main floor with a valid SCSU ID. Books can be checked out for 28 days with the option to have them renewed if no one else has requested them. Reference books cannot be checked out.
From another CSCU library:
From anywhere else:
If a book is not available from any library in the CSCU System, you can use Interlibrary Loan to request it. The book will be sent to Buley. Ask for the book at the Check Out desk when you receive an email telling you it has arrived. Please call 203 392-7038 for assistance.