Frequently Asked Questions
FAU Libraries owns over a
million books, subscribes to over 300 databases, has
access to almost 65,000 journals, and is adding resources
daily to its own Digital Libraries and Institutional
Repository. FAU Libraries chose SearchWiSE (powered by
Summon - a unified discovery service) to assist students
and researchers in discovering all of these resources
from one starting point.
All types of formats are
included from the FAU Libraries’ databases,
catalog, and digital collections: books, journal
articles, government documents, newspapers, abstracts,
music scores, videos and CDs.
360 Search was a good
tool for searching across a limited number of databases and
returning a manageable number of results, mainly articles.
The disadvantage of 360 Search was that a very limited
number of databases could be included due to functionality
and compatibility. Therefore, its search results were not a
true representation of all the information the library
Search results can be narrowed
by Type of Contents, Subject Terms, Publication Date,
Location and Language. From the left hand column, choose
"More Options" below each of these areas to be able to
"include" or "exclude" items in each area.
Not always. SearchWiSE
searches many different sources at once. Although many full
text articles are included, some sources may only provide a
citation or abstract. Also, the vast majority of books in
our collection are only available in print format, and not
Click on the yellow "Full
text" icon. You will be taken to a menu that lists
different sources for the full text article.
When I click on "Go" to get the full text of a newspaper article, it does not go directly to the article. What should I do?
When you click on the title (or "Full text" icon) of a chosen article, you will be directed to a menu of the databases that provide access to that article. Usually, the menu will allow you to go directly to the text of the article, but certain newspaper or journal databases will only direct you to the database itself. In this case, you will have to search for the article directly in the database using the citation information such as title, author, date and page.
SearchWiSE is a good place to
start research on a general topic. To find specific
formats, you can search the
for books, videos, and journal by title, or a
for articles. It is recommended that for subject or
discipline specific research, a subject database should be
by Subject for the full list of the Libraries'
databases by subject, or our subject resource guides (
SearchWiSE provides direct access to FAU's online library materials and also shows what the Libraries have in print. It is more likely to give useful information for university-level assignments and research. Internet searching pulls up web pages and very few online library materials when compared to SearchWiSE.
SearchWiSE is compatible with
the following phones: iPhone 2.0+, BlackBerry 8500+ and
No. SearchWiSE has only been
around for about two years and is still evolving. Already,
many libraries worldwide are using this service, and many
changes suggested by users have been added. It is expected
that further improvements and enhancements are on the
immediate horizon. Please
email us with
any comments or suggestions.