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Smart Search: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is MCPHS Smart Search?
MCPHS Smart Search provides a single search option that allows users to search nearly all of MCPHS’ online content, including our catalog, online journal holdings, and the great majority of our databases.

When will it be available?
It is available now. Access it directly OR use the multi-search box on the library's homepage.

Why do I need to sign in?
Signing in to MCPHS Smart Search will give you full-text access to online articles and prioritize materials available through our Library.

Will other changes be made to the Library’s Electronic Resources?
The journal search engine has been replaced by MCPHS's Smart Search's “Find a Journal” interface, giving the search results a new look. However, all of the same content will continue to be available.

Additionally, when conducting database searches, the “Find it @ MCPHS” button and links has been replaced with “Get Full Text (MCPHS)” buttons and links. They provide the same service but look a bit different.

Should I use MCPHS Smart Search or a specific database?
Use MCPHS Smart Search when:

  • You don't have a lot of time to do your research
  • You just need enough information to get started
  • You want a wide variety of material types
  • You want to get a general sense of what the library has available

Use an individual database if:

  • It's not included in the list of databases MCPHS Smart Search includes
  • You want to thoroughly research your topic using the sophisticated search techniques unique to a particular database.
  • You want very recent information - sometimes there's a lag between publication and when an article is available through MCPHS Smart Search.

How can I get something that the Library does not have access to (book, article)?
Please submit an Interlibrary Loan request (either directly through MCPHS Smart Search, or through the form on the MCPHS Library website) and we'll get it for you from another library.

What is included in the search?
From the new service, you will be able to search the complete MCPHS online catalog, all of our online journals, and almost all of our databases. On the search results page you can see where your results are coming from by scrolling down the Refine Results column and opening the Database option.

What is not included in the search?
A small number of databases/tools the library offers are not searchable in the discovery system (but still available from our A-Z database list), including:

  • Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • ConsumerLab
  • Facts & Comparisons eAnswers
  • Lexicomp
  • Lexicomp Online for Dentistry
  • Micromedex
  • Natural Medicines
  • Pivot
  • SciFinder
  • VisionCite 

What help is there available in getting up to speed on using MCPHS Smart Search?
Look for an announcement regarding tutorials and workshops during the Fall. In the meantime, feel free to contact a librarian. See a quick overview of basic search functionality from EBSCO

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