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Mat-Su College: Refrigeration and Heating

A guide for students taking Refrigeration and Heating courses at Mat-Su College.

Introduction to QuickSearch

With QuickSearch you can search thousands of magazines, newspapers, and journals, all at once. QuickSearch lets you find RH articles from many publications.

QuickSearch Example

Let's say I want to find articles on plate heat exchangers. QuickSearch is a good place to start.

I start from the Mat-Su College library website. I enter my search terms in the QuickSearch box...

Screenshot of QuickSearch searchbox on library website

... and then I press enter.

In the search results I see many articles on plate heat exchangers:

Screenshot of QuickSearch search results interface

Some of these are academic and theoretical. I may not want these. I can exclude them. The left-hand bar contains options to filter out certain search results. In this case, I want to filter out everything except trade publication articles.

I will click "More" under Content Type, then "Trade Publication Article," then Apply:

Screenshot of using the limits sidebar in QuickSearch

Now only trade publication articles remain in my search results. You can continue to filter out results by date, by language, etc.

To learn more about any article I can put the mouse cursor over a title:

Screenshot of mousing-over a QuickSearch search result in order to display preview

And to read an article I just need to click on its title. If I am at home I may have to login with my Blackboard username and password.

Finally, note that I can get an APA citation for anythin in QuickSearch by mousing over its title then clicking "Cite" in the right-hand preview:

Screenshot of using the Cite button in an article's preview pane