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Using the Library Search

What does this search?

Randall’s Library primary search box searches across multiple systems, including the Library Catalog, Summon (our aggregated search service) and our website for articles, books, videos, journals and webpages. The top results are all displayed on one page.

This unified approach to displaying and segmenting search results is commonly referred to as the “Bento Box” method, because of its resemblance to the popular and often elaborately prepared Japanese lunch boxes. It is designed to provide a quick, easy, and more intuitive way to find the information you need.

You'll find boxes for scholarly articles, news, magazine & trade publications, journals, books and other media.

Other libraries also use the Bento Box method, including NCSU, UNC-CH, Duke, Princeton, and Cornell.  

Overview of the Randall Library Searchbox

Overview of Advanced Search

Need a More Focused Search?

When your research needs require a more highly-focused search, you can select from the options available on our Find & Research menu:

The RL homepage with the Find & Research menu open


Additionally, from the homepage you can limit your search to just books, articles, etc. You can also find the library catalog and specific databases:

The RL Homepage with the search drop down box and the Find Databases, Find Subject Guides, and Search Library Catalog buttons highlighted