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Cuesta Library Search: Getting Started

Tips for Using Cuesta Library Search

  • To find a specific title: use ti=(title)
  • To find works by a specific author: use au=(author's name)
  • To find databases for specific subjects: use the Advanced Search option under the search box
  • To see the number of results: check the banner's top, left corner. If you have too many, use the left column options/limiters and different keywords and phrases to narrow your topic.
  • To narrow your results: use phrase searching. Enclose your keyword phrase in quotation marks. The database will return results using that phrase, not just the individual words in the phrase. You get more focused results.
  • Limit your results to a specific campus, date and type of material
  • Change one option/limiter at a time. Each one you choose will focus your results even more. If you change your search terms in any way, you have to choose the options again.      


Exploring Cuesta Library Search

Cuesta Library Search makes it easy to find books, journal and magazine articles, eBooks, videos and streaming media from a single search box, with one list of results and options for refining them.

Getting Started

  • Go to the Cuesta Library Search box on the Library Home Page or myCuesta (under Resources tab)
  • Type in any keyword or phrase and choose the Search icon or Enter key on your keyboard
  • For best results, do not change the default Library that is checked (Libraries Worldwide)

Understanding Your Results

  • Each entry on your results list includes the title, author, date, and type of source
  • Items found through Cuesta come up before other holdings

Narrowing Your Results

  • The left panel allows you to refine and narrow your search results by content, format, year, etc.
  • Use these options to find Peer Reviewed and Full Text content, and items in different formats
  • Only the top 6 formats show
  • Click on See All to find more specific types of content, such as eBooks, encyclopedia articles or dissertations.

Electronic Resources

  • The first page of results may show some articles or eVideos which are part of the Cuesta streaming collection
  • Note the View Now button at the bottom of the entry.
  • All results with an View Now button are instantly available in full text from the Library’s online resources
  • These include full text articles, videos and eBooks.

For any entry that says Print book

  • At the bottom of the entry, you get the location, call number, and availability of the print book in the Cuesta library system (SLO or NCC)
  • Write down the call number to retrieve it from the library shelves

For any entry that says Article

  • Click on the View Full Text button
  • It takes you to the full text article
  • You may need to click on the Full Text button on the left-hand side of the screen if the full text article does not appear immediately


Databases A-Z

If want to view a complete list of the databases the library subscribes to, or to go directly to a specific database, click on the Databases A-Z link from the Library home page or under the Resources tab in myCuesta.