UA Libraries Search Tips

Start Your Search: Main search box on the library website

Search the libaray catalogue for books

What are you searching?

You are searching the NEOS Libraries Catalogue, using our Discovery interface.
Explore the print & online collections of UA Libraries + our NEOS partner libraries.

What you will find:

  • Books/eBooks, 
  • Database titles (but not their contents)
  • Journals/eJournal titles (but not articles) 
  • Musical scores and recordings 
  • Maps
  • Films and DVDs 
  • Periodicals and newspapers
  • Government information 
  • other material held in the U of A Libraries' collections and those of our NEOS Partner Libraries.  

Search results will provide:

  • a description of items
  • Location and Call Number (for physical items)
  • The option to place a hold on items
  • Links to online sources

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Search for Articles. Also known as EBSCO Discovery Service

Search for Articles

What are you searching?

  • Library Catalogue + 300 databases.  
  • Information across a wide range of disciplines.

Check here for a list of databases included ("enabled") in EDS. 

A search of EDS will provide you with:

  • bibliographic citations for all items + links to full text for many online items, including:
    • journal articles
    • books & book chapters
    • conference proceedings
    • digitized primary source collections
    • images
    • etc.
  • While EDS provides coverage of a broad variety of information sources, it does not search all the online information resources the UA Libraries provides access to. See "Search for Databases" for information on individual, subject-specific databases, including those not searched by EDS

Not finding what you need in EDS? Need help identifying which databases are suitable for your subject matter? Try one of our Subject Guides to help identify which databases are suitable for your subject matter.

HELP: EBSCO Discovery Help Files or Ask Us


Search for Databases. Use a discipline-related database for stronger search results.

Search for Databases

What are you searching?

  • The list of databases that the UA Libraries subscribes to in order to access content best-suited for your topic.

Databases focus on the literature of a specific discipline and may include:

  • Journal articles
  • Conference proceedings
  • Book chapters
  • Numeric data, images, audio & video

Find the databases that work for you:

  • Use a Subject Guide to identify useful databases. The guide will also identify your Subject Librarian, who can provide further research support.
  • Search the Databases List alphabetically or by name
  • Not all databases are the same; some disciplines will have specific features that will help you narrow down your topic in the most appropriate way. For example: history databases can search by time period, chemistry databases can search by molecular structure, psychology databases can search by methodology.

HELP: Ask Us for help with identifying useful databases, search strategies, and research resources.

Search our extensive eJournal holdings to find a listing for your eJournal.

What are you searching?

  • Listings of eJournals that are available in the UA Libraries collection.
  • To see if the UA Libraries have the a specific journal title in print, use Search the Library

NOTE: This listing only identifies journals that we subscribe to; it will not search for individual articles within each journal. Visit "Find Articles" or "Find Databases" to find out how to search for articles and more.

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Reach into the collections of:

  • UA Libraries
  • other libraries worldwide
  • Subscription Databases
  • Open Access collections
  • and more...

For Current UA Students, Staff, Faculty
Instructions to turn on UALibraries "Get It" links:

  • Use this link to Google Scholar
  • Click on google scholar Menu Icon
  • Select "Settings"
  • Select "Library Links"
  • Search "University of Alberta Libraries"
  • Check off the box beside University of Alberta Libraries - GetIt @ UAlberta
  • Click Save

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