SuperSearch FAQs

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What is SuperSearch?

SuperSearch is Saint Mary’s Libraries’ search engine, and it enables you to:

  • Search the entire library at once;
  • Discover peer-reviewed resources faster;
  • Copy and paste citations into your papers;
  • Get help 24/7 via our chat service;

What is included in SuperSearch?

SuperSearch contains 300+ million resources (the entire contents of both libraries), which include:

  • Articles
  • Assessment tests
  • Books
  • Dissertations
  • DVDs
  • eBooks
  • Streaming videos

As a bonus, SuperSearch has open access articles, working papers, dissertations, and theses.

What is not included in SuperSearch?

SuperSearch includes most Saint Mary’s Libraries’ resources, except:

Visit Databases for our full list.

How do I use SuperSearch?

Learn how to find, access, cite, and save resources in SuperSearch by watching our tutorial: SuperSearch Overview. Or you can read our quick ‘n’ dirty two-page SuperSearch handout.

How do I find peer-reviewed articles?

  1. Enter your search terms into SuperSearch.
  2. Select the Peer-Reviewed Articles checkbox from the left sidebar.

Careful! Not everything published in a peer-reviewed journal is “peer-reviewed.” Non-scholarly items like book reviews, news blurbs, and editor’s opinion pieces can be published in peer-reviewed journals; they will be pulled into your search results even when the Peer-Reviewed Articles box is checked.

Always evaluate your sources before including them in your research, and become familiar with the characteristics of peer-reviewed articles.

How do I add SuperSearch to Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

You can add SuperSearch to your favorite browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Learn how.

I got too many results.

You can reduce your results by:

I got too few results.

You can get more results by:

  • Checking your spelling.
  • Using fewer or broader search terms.
  • Using the Boolean operator “OR”.
  • Expanding the date range (if you had previously narrowed it).
  • Unchecking the Full Text checkbox from the left-hand sidebar, which will expand your search to articles owned by other libraries.
  • Searching Google Scholar.

How do I find MFT Systemic Journals?

Search our MFT Systemic Journals SuperSearch to automatically restrict your search results to family and relational journals.

Uncheck the Limit to MFT Systemic Journals box to search all psychology-related resources.

How do I download SuperSearch articles?

Select the PDF – Full Text or Find Full Text links to view, print, and download your articles.

Uncheck the Full Text box from the left sidebar of the results page to find items from other libraries. You can request these articles through interlibrary loan, and they will be emailed to your Saint Mary’s Gmail account within 1-2 business days.

How do I request books, DVDs, and assessment tests?

  1. Select Request this item below the item’s title in your SuperSearch results.
  2. A window with our library catalog will appear.
  3. Select Sign In, and log in with your Saint Mary’s username and password.
  4. Select Select Place a Hold.
  5. Select the Send Request button at the bottom of the screen.

We will hold your item at the library desk and email your Saint Mary’s Gmail account as soon as the item is ready for you to pick it up. Contact us if you need the item mailed to you.

If your item is checked out, you may request it from another library by filling out an interlibrary loan request form. If the item is an assessment test or a dissertation, you can place a hold and wait for us to email you when it is available.

How do I request items that aren’t in SuperSearch?

If you are unable to find a specific item in SuperSearch:

  1. Search its title in Google Scholar.
  2. Select the More or Find Full Text – Saint Mary’s links.
  3. Fill out the interlibrary loan form to request the item from another library.

Articles are emailed to your Saint Mary’s Gmail account within 1-2 business days, and books arrive within 1-4 business days. Learn more about interlibrary loan

How do I find and download ebooks?

You can view ebooks online or download them to any device by following our eBook instructions.

How do I copy APA citations from SuperSearch?

  1. Select the title of your item.
  2. Select Cite from the right-hand sidebar, and a citation window will open at the top of the webpage.
  3. Select the APA citation.
  4. Copy and paste the citation into your paper.
  5. Check the citation for formatting accuracy.