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Library Search FAQs
What is Library Search?
Library Search is your gateway to discover library content. Use Library Search to find books, articles, newspapers, archival material, images, streaming media, and much more. 
For an introduction to the site, please see our Library Search tutorial.
What does Library Search include?
Library Search includes: 
What does Library Search not include? 
Library Search does not include:
In addition to Library Search, you can use other library databases for more focused research and article searching. Not everything in our databases can be found in Library Search.
What are some search tips for using Library Search? 
Search Tips for Books & Media, Databases, Journals, and Website
If you’re getting starting, refer to: 
Search Tips for Articles
If you’re getting starting, refer to: 
How do I find articles? 
The article searches in Library Search are powered by the Ex Libris Central Discovery Index (CDI). Learn more about advanced search and ranking features on the Ex Libris Knowledge Center site.
What other features are included in the Library Search?
In Library Search, you can:
Where can I find privacy information about Library Search? 
Temple University Libraries gathers usage statistics related to web traffic using Google Analytics. As part of our library services, the Temple University Libraries also collects information about library transactions through our integrated library system, Alma. This information is accessible to library staff and the third party vendor, Ex Libris, for the purposes of managing library accounts. See Temple University Libraries’ policies on the Confidentiality of Patron Records and the Ex Libris Security and Data Policy for more information.
How is Library Search built?
Library Search originally launched on July 3, 2017. It was upgraded in August 2018 to an open source application built by Temple University Libraries’ Library Technology Development unit and based on the Ruby on Rails framework, Blacklight. It includes components to harvest, index, and display library records from multiple data sources as well as integrations with other library systems. For more technical details, visit our GitHub repository.
We use the following data sources and integrations for each search type. 
More questions?
If you need further assistance with the Library Search or have feedback, you can ask a librarian or contact Additional information can also be found in the FAQ's for Temple University Libraries. 
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