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    Using Top Picks and Select Search: Federated Searching

Top Picks and Select Search: Federated Searching

Along with a redesigned Library portal to access both the Copley Library and the Legal Research Center websites, new search capabilities will include federated searching.  This means you will be able to search many of USD’s electronic resources simultaneously with a single search!

One option called Top Picks will automatically search the following library catalogs, as well as the most frequently used full-text databases:

  • SALLY (USD Catalog)
  • Circuit (University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, and California State San Marcos University Catalogs)
  • Academic Search Premier (General Journals)
  • Business Source Premier (Business Journals)
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing and Health Journals)
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete (Communications Journals)
  • ERIC (Education Journals)
  • JStor (Core Scholarly Journals)
  • Project Muse (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Math Journals)
  • PsycARTICLES (Psychology Journals)
  • Wiley Interscience Journals
  • Xreferplus (Digital Reference Library)
  • Science Direct (Education, Nursing, Sciences Social Sciences Journals)


Or use the Select Search option which allows you to select from a subject category or pick and choose from a list of over 100 catalogs and electronic journal databases in an A-Z list.  Search any or all of your selections simultaneously.  When you use this advanced search option, you can enter any combination of search fields, Boolean operators and search filters as needed.  The complete list of searchable databases is:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • AccessUN
  • ACM Digital Library
  • Acta Sanctorum
  • America: History and Life
  • American Humanities Index
  • AnthroSource
  • Armed Conflict Database
  • Asia-Studies
  • ATLA Religion
  • Biography Resource Center
  • BioOne
  • Books in Print
  • Britannica Online
  • Business Source Premier
  • California State Info
  • Catholic Periodical Index
  • Censtats
  • Chemistry Journals of the American Chemical Society (ACS Web Editions)
  • Child Abuse, Child Welfare and Adoption Database
  • CINAHL Plus
  • Circuit! Consortium Catalog
  • College Source
  • Columbia International Affairs Online
  • Com Abstracts
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
  • Communication Index (CIOS)
  • Conference Board
  • CQ Electronic Library
  • Dissertations and Theses Full text
  • Earthscape
  • EBM Reviews
  • EBM Reviews - Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness
  • EBM Reviews - Best Evidence
  • Economist Country Reports
  • eHRAF World Cultures
  • Emerald
  • ERIC
  • EthnicNewswatch
  • Factiva
  • FindLaw
  • GLBT Life with Full Text
  • Government Information - GPO Access
  • Grove Dictionary of Art
  • Grove Music Online
  • HAPI - Hispanic American Periodicals Index
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments
  • Health Source Plus Nursing
  • Hein European Center for Minority Issues
  • Hein Legal Classics
  • Hispanic Americans Periodical Index
  • Historical Abstracts
  • IEEE Journals
  • Ingenta
  • InterAm Database
  • International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center
  • IOP Journals
  • Jurist
  • Latin America Database
  • Legal Trac
  • Lexis Nexis Academic Universe - biographical reference
  • Lexis Nexis Academic Universe- quick news search
  • LII – Cornell’s Legal Information Institute
  • Literature Resource Center
  • LLMC Digital
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Marine, Oceanographic & Freshwater Resources
  • MathSciNet
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Music Index
  • Music Index Online 1979-Present
  • NBER
  • Newspaper Source
  • Opposing Viewpoints
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Oxford Journals
  • Oxford Scholarship - philosophy
  • Oxford Scholarship - political science
  • PAIS International
  • Patrologia Latina
  • Philosopher's Index
  • Project Muse
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
  • PsycINFO
  • Reference USA
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Routledge Religion Resource
  • SALLY, The University of San Diego’s Catalog
  • Science Direct
  • Scifinder Scholar
  • Social Science Research Network
  • Springer-Verlag SpringerLink
  • Stat - USA GLOBUS & NTDB
  • Stat-USA: State of the Nation
  • Ulrich's Periodical Directory
  • United Nations Treaty Collection
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
  • Wiley Interscience Journals
  • WorldCat
  • Xreferplus


You are still provided options to search just the USD catalog, SALLY, or search the Circuit libraries (University of San Diego, University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, California State San Marcos University, and the San Diego County Public Library Catalogs).

But there’s more!  If you haven’t found the database you need to search, you can still access a complete list of databases provided on the Copley Library ( or the Legal Research Centers ( websites.  From here you can search each database individually.

Federated searching results start to appear immediately and are de-duped for you automatically.  You can change the results on-the-fly, for example, you can switch between results that are merged, sorted or grouped by resource.  Sort results in a variety of ways, including relevancy, date, title, author and publisher.  Articles with full-text links means that the source document is one-click away.

What can you do with your results?  Of course you can print, email, and save your results.  And, you can even export the results in a text format or use ProCite, EndNote, Reference Manager, or RefWorks.

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