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What is LibrarySearch? http://librarysearch.napier.ac.uk

One search gives you fast results from books, ebooks, online journal articles and more. You can also use it to place requests, check if you have fines and renew borrowed items.

LibrarySearch gives you results from our physical Library collections and a huge number of academic databases. It’s a great place to start your search, however it doesn’t contain content from a small number of databases purchased by the library (e.g. EBSCOhost databases are not fully indexed).

Does it include everything in the Library?

​Ah, now that is a bit more tricky. LibrarySearch cannot include some specialist databases, and not every item in every database is included.

For example, if you want to search everything in Ebscohost databases, you may need to go to that database and search it individually – find EBSCO in the A-Z Databases​ list​.

Help! I can’t find what I am looking for using LibrarySearch?

LibrarySearch does not include all databases purchased by Edinburgh Napier Library, and coverage may be stronger for some subjects than others. See below for more search tips.

​For information about the best way to search for your subject, see the Subject Guides​ prepared by our specialist librarians.


Why do I need to log in to LibrarySearch?

To see results from all databases (if you don't log in, some results won't be visible); to request books, to view your Library account, and to save searches.

I can’t find the article I’m looking for?

See ​Finding Journals for more information. If the Library doesn't own the item you are looking for, you may be able to find it in a local library. If not, we may be able to request a copy from another library for you. See Inter-Library Loan​.

Still stuck? Ask us​.

Search tips

Searching in LibrarySearch often returns a huge number of results. To help find what you are looking for, try the search tips below:

  • Filter your results​
    In your search results, use the options on the righthand side under ‘Tweak my Results’ to limit by subject, publication date, author etc. If this makes your number of search results too small, click on 'Reset filters' to remove the limits.


  •  Phrase searching
    If you are searching for a particular phrase, enclosing it in quotation marks will search for the words together in that particular order, giving you a smaller number of results. e.g. “Global warming”


  • Advanced Search
    Use the advanced search option to find a smaller number of results. You can use the drop down lists to only search within the title or the author name, or to limit your search to particular years.

How do I save articles I have found in LibrarySearch?

Click on the pin to the right of your search results to save an article.


See all your saved items using the red pin icon pin-icon.PNG at the top right.

You will need to sign in to save these items for the future. You can also use the other options to email, print or send items to Endnote Online.

Issues? Questions?

If you are having trouble accessing a resource, email: library@napier.ac.uk.

It will help us to answer your question if you include:

  • Details of the database, ejournal, ebook, or journal article (article and journal title, year, volume and issue numbers);
  • The text of the error message/a screenshot -  press PrtScn (keyboard top row) and paste into your email;
  • Details of how you got to the resource.