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Research Guides

LibrarySearch Tips

A guide to the University of Toronto Libraries' LibrarySearch platform

Welcome!

LibrarySearch is a tool you can use to find resources to support your learning, teaching, and research. Use this guide to help you navigate the new system and use Ask Chat for help overcoming search challenges as they come up. To learn more advanced research strategies tailored to your specific needs, please contact the library or book a consultation with a librarian.

LibrarySearch starting point on library homepage

What is in LibrarySearch?

LibrarySearch provides access to library collections in print and digital formats including books, articles, videos, maps, government documents, music, data sets, and more. You can also discover materials that are not available at U of T but that you can request for free through interlibrary loan.

When to use LibrarySearch?

Use LibrarySearch when you want to find:

  • Background information 
  • Several articles to get started
  • An exact book or article by title
  • Various formats (e.g. books and newspapers)
  • Sources on an interdisciplinary topic 
  • Local and/or unique resources

If you find it difficult to narrow your results, consider using a subject-specific database or see what is recommended in one of the many Research Guides.   

Sign In

To improve your search experience and gain access to advanced features, always begin by clicking the Sign In button pictured below. 

Sign In button located in top right corner

Once you have signed in to LibrarySearch you can: 

  • Update your profile to be sure you will receive important library notifications
  • Check due dates, place holds, review item requests, and pay fines
  • Renew your borrowed items 
  • View your search history
  • Access saved search results and citations
  • Create alerts to keep up to date on new publications

Please note: LibrarySearch times out after 30 minutes of inactivity, automatically signing you out and resetting itself to the default search page.

Remote Full Text Access

Remote access to the University of Toronto Libraries' digital collections is only available to current students, faculty, and University staff. Access to e-books, full text articles, databases, and other digital tools require users to log in via the University of Toronto's web login service. If you forget this before you start your session, you will be directed to log in as soon as required.

Print Collection Access

Gain access to print materials through Curbside Pickup, Scan & Deliver, and Intercampus Delivery, directly through LibrarySearch. You can also use LibrarySearch to track the status of your requests.