Pioneer Search is a discovery tool that searches multiple resources in one search. The software program behind Pioneer Search is Primo, a product from Ex Libris, which is customized based on the resources available at Thigpen Library.
Using Pioneer Search helps you discover information, but it has it limits. It is not a comprehensive search tool. It does not search all the library's online resources. More importantly, not all the content from a database is available through Pioneer Search. You primarily find articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. Pioneer Search finds books, ebooks, and streaming videos based on the title, description, and subjects.
"Pioneer Search" is the default option and is considered an everything search. You will retrieve results from most subscription databases, selected free databases and web resources, library materials, and course reserves.
Select "In the Library" if you are only interested in physical materials available in one of the Vol State libraries. By physical materials we mean books not ebooks and DVDs not streaming videos. We also have AV and tech equipment like cameras and laptops available.
The "Course reserves" search limits your results to items on reserve for Vol State courses. You can use this option to find textbooks on reserve for use in the library.
There are two login options in Pioneer Search - one is obvious and one is slightly hidden. Use your Vol State username and password for both logins. Each option serves a different purpose.
You will see a "Sign in" option on the screen with their search results. There is also a Sign in link on the main navigation bar. Selecting Sign in from either link will log you into your library account. This account shows any library materials checked out and allows you to renew online for most items. When signed in you can save searches, keep favorites, and email search results.
The other option allows you to access an online article, ebook, or streaming video. Click the "Full-text available" or "online access" link. When the resource is available in more than one database select the database title to view. If you are off-campus you will be directed to the proxy login for verification. This is the same process used when you select a database to search from our A-Z Database list.
WARNING: Although the same username / password is used for both logins the verification process occurs on different servers. Use the full-text available or online access link for direct access to the resource.