New Version of Quick Search Offers Improved Results, Additional Search Tools

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A new version of Quick Search that debuts on the USC Libraries homepage Monday, July 14, provides more relevant search results and other upgraded features. Students and other researchers used Quick Search—a powerful service that provides access to the USC Libraries' vast resources through a single search box—more than three million times in 2013.

Among the new features is a topic explorer pane (see below) that directs users to relevant encyclopedia articles, LibGuides, and subject librarians. Another new tool is the ability to limit search results by academic discpline.

The new Quick Search uses responsive design software, meaning that results pages will be adjusted to appear clearly on a variety of screens, from desktop to smartphone and from laptop to tablet. And in response to user feedback, search results feature fewer newspaper articles but will provide easy access to a full list of relevant news sources.  

Contact Deborah Holmes-Wong at with questions or suggestions.

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