How to use APPsearch

What is APPsearch?

  • APPsearch is the library's all-in-one search tool that enables you to search for journal articles, books, ebooks, and much more all in one place.
  • APPsearch does not search all of the library's databases. If you're unable to find what you're looking for via APPsearch you may want to search a discipline or subject-specific database.

How to perform a basic APPsearch

  • APPsearch can be accessed from both on and off campus from If you are accessing APPsearch from off campus, you will need to log in with your Appstate username and password.
  • Use the search box in the center of the library's homepage.
  • Enter your keywords/search terms, and press the search button.
  • The center of the screen will display the search results. The panel on the left side of the screen provides options for narrowing down the search results.

Screenshot of library homepage showing main search box at top of screen

Use the main search box in the middle of the library homepage

How to narrow your search results

APPsearch provides many options for narrowing your search results. The options you have for narrowing down a search will change depending on your search results: You will likely have some of the following options available under the “Refine Results” bar on the left side of the page. (Phone users will need to tap the » icon on the left side of the screen to see these options.)

  1. Material type (e.g., Full Text, Books and Media, Peer-Reviewed Articles, Print Books)
  2. Publication date
  3. Source type (e.g., Academic journal, non-print resources, reviews, electronic resources, magazines)
  4. Subject
  5. Publisher
  6. Language
  7. Geography
  8. Location

Screenshot of search results with left sidebar "Refine results" option

Options to narrow your search results appear on the left. (Phone users: Look for the » icon on the left side of the screen to see these options.)

How to access a source from the results list

  • Each item typically has a linked title, publication information, and a link to access the item.
  • If the library provides full text access to the article, you can access the article by clicking on the ‘PDF full text’ link or the ‘linked full text’ link.

What does the Find@ASU button mean

  • Sometimes you will see a gold Find@ASU button rather than a ‘PDF full text’ link or the ‘linked full text’ link.
  • There are a lot of different places you could be directed once you click on the Find@ASU button:
    • You could be sent directly to the article on the library’s website
    • You could be directed to any number of external websites that may or may not provide access to the article.
    • You could be notified that Appsearch was unable to find the article or book.

What to do if APPsearch was unable to find the article or book

  • If you click on the Find@ASU button and the book or journal was unable to be located, you will be provided with 4 linked recommendations:
  • Find@ASU can be confusing. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact a librarian.

Screenshot of "We did not find your article or book" screen shown when Find@ASU failsIf you can't get the full text using the Find@ASU button, you can use Option 3 to request an interlibrary loan (borrowing the article from another library).