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Searching with Compass: About Compass

Starting Your Search

What is Compass?

Compass is a search tool that provides a broad search of the University Libraries' collection. By using search techniques and filters, you can narrow your search to quickly find the resources you're looking for.

How do I start my search?

Depending on what you're looking for, there are four search options within Compass to chose from:

  1. Search All: This default search includes all catalog items, journal articles, and e-books to provide a broad search of the items in our physical and digital collections.
  2. Catalog: Use this tab to search titles of physical and electronic resources (books, DVDs, and more). (Tip: This catalog search does not search within databases or journals, so use the Articles + tab instead).
  3. Articles +: Search electronic content within our electronic database and journal subscriptions (journals, articles, and other electronic resources). 
  4. Course Reserves: Search physical items that have been set aside for a specific class.

When should I use Compass?

  • You are starting your research
  • You need to easily filter down search results
  • You want to save articles or searches to your account
  • You are looking for something in the library catalog

Step 1: Logging into Your Library Account

Unlock additional research tools by logging into your library account

Signing in allows you to:

  • Renew library materials
  • Request an item to be delivered to the music library, law library, or main library on DU's campus
  • Access your library account
  • Save searches for future use
  • Save articles and records to your e-shelf account


Step 1: Click on "View Library Account"

Step 2: Login

Step 2: Login

Login using your DUID and PioneerWeb password

Step 3: View Your Account Information

Step 3: View Your Account Information

Your Library Account

Your library account includes the following features to help navigate your research:

  • e-Shelf: This feature allows you to make a list of favorite items for easy browsing. You may organize these bookmarks into folders, and write notes about individual items and folders for easy reference. Learn more about your e-Shelf here.
  • Saved Searches: Use the saved searches feature to view your previous searches. To add a search to this list, click on "save query" at the bottom of the left sidebar of the search results page.
  • My Account: This tab lets you view items you have checked out and their expected due dates, items you've placed on hold, library fines, and library account information.

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