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Database Help: Pioneer Search

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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.

Search options in Pioneer Search

"Everything" is the default option. With this option you search many, but not all, of the library's subscription databases, open access databases, librarian selected web resources, physical 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.

Login options for Pioneer Search

There are two login options in Pioneer Search - one is obvious and one is slightly hidden. Each option serves a different purpose. Use your Vol State username and password for both logins.

There is a "Sign in" option on the screen with 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. Your library account shows your checked out library materials and allows you to renew materials online. 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 the resource. 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.