Last Updated: Apr 06, 2020     Views: 292

Q. How do I change the scope for my search?


A scope is a group of resources that is searched by LibrarySearch. We currently have 4 scopes defined:

  • Online resources
    (Currently set as the default scope while access to physical items is suspended.)
    Electronic resources (databases, articles, e-books, e-journals, streaming videos and audio, etc.) that are available online as well as citations for resources not in our collection.
     
  • Everything
    Includes all electronic resources owned or licensed by MRU Library as well as open access publications and citations for some resources that are not in our collection. It also includes all physical items (books, DVDs, videos, print journals, equipment, course materials, etc.)  owned by the Library.
     
  • Course Reserves
    Physical materials placed On Reserve by MRU instructors for their students. 
     
  • MRU Holdings
    Electronic resources and physical items owned by MRU Library.
     

When you launch a search without specifying a scope, the default scope is used. The process for changing your scope depends on the screen you are using.

  1. In most instances, LibrarySearch will use the default scope to retrieve your results. The search box on the Library homepage and most of the links on the Library website use the default scope. The scope name will display on the far right of the search box with a down-arrow icon beside it. You can use the down arrow to select a different scope and then click the search icon or press your keyboard <enter> key to re-run your search in the new scope.

    Example 1: 'Everything' scope displays to right of search box  (highlighted in yellow here for emphasis)
    LibrarySearch results screen with 'Everything' scope highlighted to the right of the search box


     
  2. If you go directly to librarysearch.mtroyal.ca, you may see a search box without a scope displayed on the right. In this case, once you type at least 2 characters in the search box, a list of scopes will appear beneath the input box, followed by a list of suggested search terms. Once you finish typing or selecting terms from the suggestions list, you can select a scope. If you do not select a scope, your search will be run in the default scope.

    Example 2: scope options appear beneath search terms as you type  (outlined in yellow here for emphasis)
    LibrarySearch search screen with no scope defined

    When your search results are displayed, the scope name will appear to the right of the search box with a down-arrow beside it, as in example 1 above. You can use the down arrow to select a different scope and then click the search icon or press your keyboard <enter> key to re-run your search in the new scope.