The new Central Index replaces many subject indexes as of July, 2020.
The following indexes were cancelled, and you should now use this broad search tool:
PsychINFO, Philosophers Index, ATLA Religion Index, MLA, America: History and Life, SciFinder Scholar, Communications and Mass Media, and the Multidatabase Search tool.
NOTE: There appears to be an infrequent glitch in connecting from Central Index into certain EBSCOhost fulltext databases. You will need to select "View Article on EBSCOhost" on the first screen, and then "OpenAthens Login" at the bottom of the second screen. See a short video of this login process.
Central Index is a search tool that provides keyword searching across a wide (but not comprehensive) selection of materials: books, journals, videos, web pages, and other sources. It gathers information from many resources and allows you to search across them simultaneously. This tool is similar in many ways to the Google Scholar search tool, but offers much more precise searching.
NOTE: You will need to login on the top right to obtain access to the full text material.
NOTE: Use the Expand option on the top left of the results page to locate and request materials we do not immediately own/lease.
NOTE: This full text search tool does not utilize subject headings -- but it does offer Subject searching (for major emphasis of keyword terms) and facets on the left side of the search results page that help in narrowing your results. See the tools below for more powerful alternative search options in certain subject areas.
The Central Index is NOT the best place to start if you are looking for the following types of information:
Quick Help Videos:
One additional free search tool to consider is Summon (from Princeton). You will see information about journal articles, books, and other materials...but you will not have links to the full text materials.
This page describes the Central Index search tool, and compares the tool to other library search engines and journal indexes.
Some of the key databases covered in this tool include:
What is not covered (see our complete list of tools):
The Central Index provides searching across many of our ebook platforms ... EBSCOhost ebooks, EBL ebooks, ProQuest ebooks, HathiTrust public domain books, American Dissertation Database fulltext materials ... and includes our local SXU ebook purchases.
Central Index ... what ebook material is covered...and what is not immediately available?
HathiTrust = Google Books digitization project of materials across many large libraries