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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 the drop down menu to select catalog and 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 + drop down 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

Select the login link appropriate to your user group. Current DU Main and DU Law students, as well as their faculty and staff, will be routed through  PioneerWeb, while DU Alumni and Special Borrowers will proceed to a login within Compass. Iliff patrons utilize a different authentication method controlled by their Iliff email addresses.


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:

  • Loans: This allows you to see your outstanding loans.
  • Saved Searches (Push Pin): Use the pin feature to view your saved items. To add a search to this list, click on the pin located in the options bar for a particular article, book or other item. 
  • Requests: This tab lets you view items you've requested through the catalog. 

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