State College Ely Library
Once you are on the FirstSearch Home web page,
Enter a word or phrase in the Search for box and click on the dropdown
menu next to In: to select a Topic (e.g.,
Education, Life Sciences, Business and Economics) or specific database.
Selecting a topic will provide more options than limiting yourself to one
database. Click on Search.
From the Ely Library Home Page <http://www.lib.wsc.ma.edu/>,
click on Quick Links to Databases.
Click on FirstSearch Databases, or on any database name coming
from FirstSearch (see list).
Once you are logged in, select the database you wish to search (Not all
of those listed are FirstSearch Databases!). You will have options
to search more than one FirstSearch Database at a time once you make a
selection from this list (See below).
This search will find words anywhere in a record. You
can choose a different command language on the bottom bar of this page.
To search by Title, Author, and Abstract, use the Advanced
Important: Use the buttons, links, and
tabs on the bar at the top to navigate through FirstSearch screens. When
you want to stop using FirstSearch, click on the FirstSearch Exit button
|Home--Returns to a blank opening search screen
||Results--displays List of Records; Detailed Record;
Marked Records or Previous Searches (use as Back button)
|Databases--List All; List by Topic; Suggest Best
||Comments--Send comments to OCLC
|Searching--initiate a search for a document using
Basic, Advanced, or Expert searching
||Options--change screen size and # of records displayed
|Exit--end search session
At the top bar, use the icons
to Sort, find Related Subjects or Authors, Limit, E-mail, Print, or Export
your search. The available icons and commands will change depending
on the screen you are viewing. Online help is always available.
Once you run your Basic Search, FirstSearch displays
a List of Records screen containing results. If your search
found no records, FirstSearch displays a screen containing information
to help you redo the search. To return to the Search screen, click
of Records (printing, saving, and more)
Help--provides help related to the current screen and allows
you to access other help topics.
Up to ten records are listed on each page of the List
of Records screen if your search retrieves any items. The records are
numbered and listed in the order they were added to the database, with
the most recent usually occurring first, but not always. Use the
by feature to order results by Date.
Here are the primary options available on the Search Results
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View a detailed record. This consists of bibliographic information like
author name, title, descriptors (subject headings), date, journal name,
etc. An abstract is included with many records.
To print or save the list, click on
or , then
use your browser command: File/Print Preview or File/Save As.
To email the list, click on
To see more of the list, click on (next)
To jump to a particular place in the list, click on "Go to Page" and select
a page number. Press Enter. In response FirstSearch displays the
page of the list that has the number you selected.
To see the full display of a record, click on the linked title in the list.
To Mark Records for viewing, printing, or e-mailing,
click in the box before each record.
To redo the search and limit the records from your search, click on .
To redo the search and expand the records from your search, click on
To Interlibrary loan an item, click on .
To find out which libraries own the periodical, look for
(available here), or
(a list of other libraries). Check our Full Text Periodical Titles
link for a complete list of what is available at Westfield State College
online and in print.
To begin a new search, click on Searching.
If the following icon appears on your screen: ,
look for the journal or book in the Ely Library Catalog or Full Text
Periodical Titles list. Otherwise, to identify other libraries that
have the item, click on .
default display is Massachusetts, then the Northeast region.
It is possible to request an item (that we do not own)
through Interlibrary Loan (ILL):
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Click on "see more details for locating this item." Then select:
"Borrow this item from another library (Interlibrary Loan)."
If we do not own the item, fill in the request form to obtain the item
through Interlibrary Loan.
Fill out the information form. You must enter: Name, Address,
Telephone #, Email, and Status.
When completed, click on the Submit button. The Record and
information that you typed will be sent to the WSC InterLibrary Loan department.
You will be contacted when the material arrives.
If you enter a term and select a Topic at the initial
search screen such as Education, Life Sciences, or Engineering, you will
be provided with a list of databases associated with the topic and estimated
results for the word you searched. You may choose up to three databases
at a time before clicking on Select to retrieve the results list.
To see more than the first database results, select the others from links
To mark records listed in the search results and then view
the records all at one time, do the following:
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You can get more information about FirstSearch by reading
the online . It is structured
so you can access help about the current FirstSearch Web screen. Other
FirstSearch Web Online Help topics include unique information for individual
Do not use your browser buttons or commands, such as Back
and Forward, while marking records. Use only the FirstSearch buttons
such as (Next)
On a page of the List of Records, click on
a checkbox by each entry whose record you want to print, save, or e-mail.
You can mark a maximum of 100 records.
Click on Next or Previous to go through the list as you mark
To view the marked records, click on Marked Records under Results
in the left-hand column. FirstSearch displays the Marked Records.
To print or save the Mark Records list, click on File (Netscape
toolbar), then Print Preview or Save As.
You may return to the List of Records by clicking on that link in
the left-hand column without losing your previously marked records.
To clear all marks so you can mark other entries without duplicating your
previous marks, click on Clear.
Restricted to Westfield State College
Students, Staff, and Faculty.
to OCLC / FirstSearch Search
ArticleFirst® Database--OCLC January
1990 - Updated Daily
Online (ECO)- OCLC 1995 - Updated Daily
GPO Monthly Catalog--U. S.
Government Printing Office July 1976 -
PapersFirst® Database--OCLC 1992
- Updated Biweekly.
ProceedingsFirst® Database--OCLC 1993
- Updated Biweekly.
The World Almanac--Primedia
Reference, Inc. Current. Updated
WorldCat Database (OCLC Online
Union Catalog) - OCLC 11th Century - Updated Daily.
Last updated 11-16-11/bh