Skip to Main Content

Using the Library Search Interface

Search the library collections

Searching Library Resources

There are two main ways to search for library materials.

One way to find resources is to use a specific research database offered by the library. These research databases are usually affiliated with a specific subject or discipline, and when you do a search in one of these databases, you will find articles, books, and other resources furnished by that particular database. Some examples of these databases include Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, Web of Science, and PubMed.

Another way you can find resources through UH Libraries is by using the main search bar on the library website. This search bar is also known as the Libraries Online Search Interface.

the University of Houston Libraries main web page, showing the search bar of the Online Search Interface


A basic search will give you quick access to a broad variety of results pulled from many different source of library materials. To conduct a basic search, type keywords related to your research topic or the title or author of a specific material into the large search bar on the main web page on the University of Houston Libraries website.  University of Houston Libraries online search interface with the main search bar highlighted by an orange oval

More information about advanced searching and filtering options is available on the Refining Your Search page of this guide.