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Smart Search: Managing Your Smart Search Account

Access Your Account

To access your Smart Search account, go to this page.

"Sign In" or access "My Account" in the upper-right of that page.

Why Should I Sign In?

When you sign into Smart Search, you are able to do the following:

  • Add items you found and queries you submitted permanently to your basket. You can save items from your results list to your basket and you can save queries that you have performed for future use.
  • Set alerts for your queries. You can set a query to become an alert so that it automatically sends you email notification once it locates new items answering your search criteria. 
  • Set preferences for your current and future sessions. You can set your preferences so that they reflect the way you usually search, and save them for future sessions.
  • Access external licensed resources. The institution offers licensed information resources to its users. Once you sign in, you can search and retrieve items from these additional resources. 
  • Use library services. You can benefit from library services such as renewing or requesting items.
  • Tag and review items. You can assign words or phrases to items to help you organize and locate items later. Since tags are made public, other users can view your tags and use them. Additionally, you can review items to share your opinions with others.

My Account


  • My Account enables you to view the contents of your library account and perform library services, such as renewing a book or canceling a request. In addition, it lets you define your personal Smart Search settings. To access My Account, click the My Account link, which appears at the top of each page in SmartSearch.
  • Personal SettingsYou can tailor the Smart Search user interface so that it reflects the way you usually search. For example, you can specify the default language, the maximum numbers of search results per page, your default e-mail address, and your cell phone number. To set your preferences, click the Personal Settings option on the left side of My Account.

Saving Items to e-Shelf


When you click the Star icon for an item in the search results, the item is added to the Basket folder in your e-Shelf for future use.

NOTE: You must sign in to permanently save items in e-Shelf for future sessions.

Removing Items from e-Shelf

To remove an item and all of its copies in the various folders in e-Shelf, click the Star icon next to the item in the search results so that it is no longer colored in.

If you do not want to delete all copies of an item in e-Shelf, you must remove each copy directly from e-Shelf.
For more information on removing items from e-Shelf, see the Managing Items box below.

Viewing Items Saved in e-Shelf

To view items that are saved in your e-Shelf, click the Basket folder or any of its subfolders. From the list of items, click the item that you want to display.

Managing Folders in e-Shelf

From the e-Shelf tab, you can perform the following operations on folders:

Managing Items in e-Shelf

From the e-Shelf tab, you can perform the following operations on items:

Why Should I Sign Out?

You should sign out of Smart Search so that your searches remain private and your personal settings and basket are not tampered with by anyone else.