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Detailed step-by-step instructions (with screenshots!) for using SPSU Hive Search
Last Updated: Jun 2, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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SPSU Hive Search is a specialized search interface that combines several different types of sources into one. Instead of going to the catalog for book sources and GALILEO for article sources, you can get both from Hive Search. Hive Search also incorporates outside databases and search interfaces through integrated search connectors and widgets. Plus, we've added different types of aides to assist you in your research (YouTube instruction videos, our Reference Chat, and links to LibGuides and LibAnswers).



We've broken Hive Search down into the main sections that most researchers will use:

Please note that this guide focuses on how to use the different parts of the Hive Search interface — the "nuts and bolts," so to speak. You'll find assistance for search strategies, how to perform different types of searches (subject, keyword, author, title), and other evaluative techniques in other guides.


Advantages & Disadvantages

As with any search interface, whether it's Google, the GIL-Find catalog, or JSTOR, there are advantages and disadvantages to using Hive Search.

  • Advantages:
    • a "one-stop shop" for broad, general searches
    • a good introduction for those who are new to academic research
    • interdisciplinary (useful for topics that overlap disciplines, such as social sciences and natural sciences)
    • brainstorming tool
  • Disadvantages:
    • does not include all databases
    • limited search functionality compared to individual databases

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