Trinity Laban Libraries have recently launched QuickSearch: a search engine for (most of) our online subscriptions, including recordings from Naxos Music Library and Alexander Street Press, and online journals, magazine articles and dictionaries from a range of publishers. The Laban Library catalogue is also included in QuickSearch.
Only current Trinity Laban students and staff can access QuickSearch.
What is QuickSearch good for?
- Locating online recordings subscribed to by the library.
- Finding information for writing assignments and programme notes: nearly all results are available immediately online in full, so it’s especially convenient if a deadline is looming!
- Cross-disciplinary research: QuickSearch includes dance, drama, psychology, education and physiology resources as well as some general resources.
How do I access QuickSearch?
- Follow the link to QuickSearch via the Library Links on Moodle, or the tab on the Jerwood Library catalogue.
- When outside the conservatoire, enter your Trinity Laban login (the same as for Moodle and email).
How do I access the actual recordings/articles/dictionary entries?
Click the link below the item’s title and summary which will say something like ‘Check for Full Text at Trinity Laban’ or ‘Listen to recording in Naxos Music Library’ (see screenshot below). You may need to enter your Trinity Laban login the first time, then this will be remembered for the rest of your session.
Have you got any tips for finding useful results?
- On the results page, use the Source Types list (see screenshot above) to choose what types of resource you want e.g. audio, academic journals, books.
- On the same page, click Show More under the Limit To heading (see screenshot above) for other options to narrow down your results, e.g. choosing the disciplines (subject areas) you are interested in.
- Think carefully about the search you’re entering: what are the key terms? What words could someone else writing about your topic use? Try more specific or more general keywords if you’re not finding what you need.
- You can use “double quotes” to search for an exact phrase, or a * for truncation to search for lots of words at once; for example, theat* will find ‘theatre’, ‘theater’, ‘theatrical’ and any other keyword starting with ‘theat’.
Where can I get help or further information?
- Our research guides on Moodle (in the Jerwood Library information page) have been updated to include QuickSearch.
- You can also contact us or come to the library for help. We offer a monthly drop-in surgery on the last Thursday of each month, 2-4pm, and you’re very welcome to come along for a demo of QuickSearch. The next surgery is on Thursday 28 November.
For those interested in the detail, we have a listing of online resources included and not included in QuickSearch on Moodle.
QuickSearch is an implementation of the EBSCO Discovery Service, and uses EDS CustomLinks and EBSCO LinkSource to link to resources not hosted by EBSCO. Any staff from other institutions who are interested in discussing our implementation are welcome to get in touch!