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What is Searcher?

Searcher is a faster way of searching UCC Library’s collection including the catalogue – a single search box for journal articles, books, newspaper articles and more.

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The search box on the Library homepage does a Quick Search of 33 databases simultaneously. The results are de-duplicated and ranked. It’s a good place to start if you are not sure where to find the information you need.

How does Searcher work?

Once you initiate a search, Searcher will display the results as they are being retrieved from the databases, also showing how many database searches have been completed. The search is done in real time and may take a few seconds. A progress bar on the upper left will show how many collections have been searched.


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Once the search is completed, you will be given the choice of including all results from the databases which came back later than the first results. You can also check the box “Don’t show this again” which will save your preference.

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Once a search is done, you can click through to the specific title to access the article, book or other resource.   

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You can sort your results; drill down from the list on the left sidebar; and print, download or email citations. You can create an account for yourself and set up email alerts and build your own search engine of selected resources.

On the Advanced search page you can refine your search with more search terms; confine the search to specific subject area or to specific databases within that subject area.


There are around 110 searchable databases included in the Advanced search page.

Search multiple databases with Searcher  [PDF 1.85MB]

If you require any further information, please contact your Subject Librarian or e-mail Anita Wilcox, e-Resources Librarian, at

Last updated: 01 April 2016

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