Video shows benefits of LionSearch, the Libraries' new search engine

A new video helps students and others discover the benefits of using the University Libraries' new search engine, LionSearch, which provides fast, simple access to high-quality materials from the Penn State University Libraries. The short video, “LionSearch Simply Speaking”, is available at online.

 LionSearch provides an integrated search of the CAT (online catalog), databases and e-journals, e-books and local collections. The old adage, "don't work harder, work smarter," aptly applies to student research papers and other classwork.

“The beauty of LionSearch is that it allows you search across many resources all at once and quickly refine your results based on what you need," said Emily Rimland, information literacy librarian. "For example, with one checkbox, you can select peer-reviewed articles, ensuring you have scholarly, interdisciplinary sources for your assignments. Plus, you can use LionSearch via if you want to quickly look for a book or article on your mobile device.”

University Libraries partnered with Teaching and Learning with Technology (a division of ITS) to create the video. The Simply Speaking videos are created by Teaching and Learning with Technology and explain technology topics in everyday language, with a little humor. They are modeled after the popular "... in plain English" videos. A complete list of the Simply Speaking videos can be found at

A remaining LionSearch class is scheduled for 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. on Nov. 16, in W211A Pattee Library. More classes will be added in the spring. Preregistration is required at online. As a special incentive, attendees of the LionSearch class will receive a free 2 GB jump drive. To receive your jump drive, simply register and show up for class. 

For additional classes in the Libraries, see For more information, call 814-863-4240.

Last Updated October 27, 2011