Millsaps College
Big Search
Introducing Big Search: This new search engine allows the researcher to search for Millsaps owned books, e-books, e-journals and databases in one place. It has a Google-like relevancy ranking, but gives your scholarly resources. 

Big Search allows you to search across almost all library resources at the same time, but there are situations in which you may not want to use Big Search.  For example, there are some databases with specialized data and information are not included in Big Search -- Artstor (should be included by 2013), MathSciNet, Mergent Online, Naxos Music Library (should be included by 2013), Oxford Reference Online (planned for 2013), WestLaw. BIG Search is a great starting place, especially for undergraduates. As you do more specialized research you may want to talk to a librarian about subject specific databases.

Big Search also doesn't allow some of the more sophisticated searching capabilities other databases may provide.  Please ask a librarian if you're not finding what you're looking for, or if you'd like some help conducting an effective search.

Some quick tips:

  • Books and other items located in the library building will show a call number and status like this: Call No. PA3067 .W66 2005 Available: STACKS
  • Remove the "Full-Text Articles & Library Catalog" search option to find articles and books you can request through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Check the "Limit to Peer Reviewed Journals" to find only scholarly, academic articles of higher quality.
  • Use the "Limit by Type of Resources" options to limit your results to books, eBooks, videos, or other formats.
  • Use the "Alert / Save / Share" option to e-mail your results list to yourself or someone else.
  • More information can be found in the list of databases included in Big Search.
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Databases Included in Big Search
If you use Big Search's default settings, your search may return items from the following sources:
Millsaps Library Catalog
  Academic Search Premier 
  Accessible Archives
  Alexander Street Press
  American Chemical Society Journals  
American National Biography Online
  AP NewsMonitor Collection
  Aphasiology Archive
  Archive of European Integration
  Art Index (H.W. Wilson)
  ATLA Religion Database
  Britannica Online
  British Library Document Supply Centre Inside Serials & Conference Proceedings
  Business Source Premier
  Credo Reference Collections
  Directory of Open Access Journals
  eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
  Education Research Complete
  Freedonia Focus Reports
  Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  Government Printing Office Catalog
  Grove Art Online
  Grove Music Online
  Harvard Library Bibliographic Dataset
  Hoover's Company Profiles
  Industry Studies Working Papers
  Informit Business Collection
  Informit Engineering Collection
  Informit Health Collection
  Informit Humanities & Social Sciences Collection
  Informit Indigenous Collection
  Informit Literature & Culture Collection
  Japanese Periodical Index
  JSTOR Arts & Sciences I
  JSTOR Arts & Sciences II
  JSTOR Arts & Sciences III
  JSTOR Arts & Sciences IV
  JSTOR Arts & Sciences IX
  JSTOR Arts & Sciences V
  JSTOR Arts & Sciences VI
  JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII
  JSTOR Arts & Sciences VIII
  JSTOR Ireland
  JSTOR Life Sciences
  Korean Studies Information Service System
  LexisNexis Academic: Law Reviews
  LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection
  Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  Manuscriptorium Digital Library
  MAS Ultra - School Edition
  Military & Government Collection
  Minority Health Archive
  MLA Directory of Periodicals
  MLA International Bibliography
  NewsBank - Archives
  Oxford Handbooks Online
  Oxford Scholarship Online
  Philosopher's Index
  PhilSci Archive
  Primary Search
  Public Information Online
  Regional Business News
  RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
  Social Sciences Citation Index
  SocINDEX with Full Text
  Teacher Reference Center
Databases not included in Big Search
  • MathSciNet
  • Mergent Online
  • Naxos Music Library
  • Oxford Reference Online (planned for 2013)
  • WestLaw
Printable Help Documents
Below is a Word document with help and more information about BIG search:
Research Help
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