Books are best for conducting in-depth research, identifying experts, and understanding the scholarly conversation of your chosen topic. The University Libraries encourages you to ask for help when you cannot find a book. We can help you borrow materials from other libraries.
What is OneSearch?
OneSearch is our new library catalog. It is replacing Chinook Plus and is called a "Webscale Discovery Tool"
Ok, so what is a WebScale Discovery Layer?
It is a subscription service that we purchased from ProQuest. It provides a single search box and Google-like interface. Content is harvested from databases, repositories, the library catalog, and other subscriptions. In other words, it searches the full-text of a large number of articles, eBooks, newspapers, and other resources to match your search with the resources that the University owns or subscribes.
How is this different from Chinook?
A catalog like Chinook did a pretty good job of connecting users to books inside the library. It did not do a good job of connecting users to journal articles, newspaper articles, reports, and other odds and ends that the library spends a lot of money on.
What is your favorite thing about OneSearch?
Just like Google, I can copy and paste all the information about a journal article directly into the search box. OneSearch is really great for 'known-item' searches. It also does a better job of linking to the full-text of the document.
Due to our library catalog system migration in summer 2024, borrowing through Prospector and MOBIUS has been paused. We expect to be able to resume service for Spring 2024. Until that time, you may be eligible to continue to request through Prospector if you are affiliated with other participating libraries, which include many Colorado public libraries.
Is the book you want checked-out? Or is it a book that CU Libraries does not own?
Both ILL and Prospector/ Mobius are used to fill requests for physical materials that CU Boulder doesn’t have. While Prospector/ Mobius only locates materials within select libraries in Colorado, Wyoming, and Missouri, ILL locates and fills requests for materials held worldwide.
Look for the Prospector button from Onesearch or The Library Catalog.
In a few business days, you may pick up the book from the circulation desk which you designate. If what you want isn’t available in Prospector, you may be able to find it in Prospector’s partner catalog MOBIUS, a consoritum of Missouri libraries.
Still have questions? More on Prospector and Mobius.