Before Engine Orange, if you wanted to find a variety of sources on a topic, you would need to search the library catalog for books and several different databases for articles and other documents. If you wanted to find videos about your topic, you would need to search several databases individually.
Engine Orange is a powerful yet simple tool which allows you to perform JUST ONE search that finds books, articles, films, and much more from the library's catalog and selected databases.
With Engine Orange, you can discover:
Behind the scenes: The technology behind Engine Orange is a product called EBSCO Discovery Service, provided by EBSCO, the vendor who also provides many of the library's electronic databases. "Engine Orange" is our local branding for their product.
Engine Orange is NOT a 100% comprehensive search of ALL resources that are available from the Newton Gresham Library. We do subscribe to some databases which are not compatible with the technology behind Engine Orange.
Depending on the topic you are researching--especially if it is high-level research on a very specialized topic--you may also want to search individual databases in your subject area.
If you are wondering which databases in your subject are not included in Engine Orange, just consult the list of "What Engine Orange Searches," included below. More databases are periodically integrated into the technology behind Engine Orange, so if your favorite database is not included yet, it might be one day.
All authorized students, faculty, and staff who possess an SHSU computer account may search Engine Orange and access books, articles, and documents owned by the library. You will need to log into Engine Orange with your SHSU username and password.
Although Engine Orange is not a comprehensive search of all library resources, it does simultaneously search a wide array of SHSU's electronic databases, as well as a number of publicly available digital collections. Engine Orange includes some full-text databases as well as some indexes which do not include full text.
You can view all SHSU databases and search them individually in our Databases A-Z list.