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Rhode Island School of Design


A guide to using RISD Library's integrated searching system, Fleet SEARCH

About Fleet SEARCH

Fleet SEARCH provides a single, integrated search box for searching RISD Library's information resources, including scholarly journal articles, books, e-books, internet documents, research reports, and much more.

Fleet SEARCH does not replace the library’s existing services such as the RISD/ATH Catalog or the Databases and e-journals Index . What distinguishes the new service is the ability to search across previously separate systems from a single search box and get back fast and relevant results. Once a search has been done, results can be filtered and refined by subject, author, format, language, date and many other facets. 

What’s new about this service?
It offers an integrated search across most of the Library's subscription databases and the RISD/ATH Catalog.

What’s included in Fleet SEARCH?

  • Books+:
    RISD/ATH Library Catalog records (over 200,000 records)
    RISD Archives finding aids
    RISD Graduate Thesis titles

    RISD Picture Collection folder records
    e-book Academic Collection
  • Articles:
    full-text articles, book chapters, open access sources, and other electronic content from most of the Library’s subscription databases


What’s NOT included in Fleet SEARCH?

Image Databases

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Oxford English Dictionary

If you need to see Course Reserves, View your Library AccountRenew Online, request, or recall material you will need to use the traditional RISD/ATH Library Catalog.

When to Use

Fleet SEARCH is a great place to start your research.  It helps you quickly find relevant resources on a subject, without having to decide which database(s) to search. 

The facets allow you to filter your search results in a variety of ways, including date range, source, source type, subject, and scholarly designation.  The library's cataloged resources are also integrated into the search results.

When Not to Use

Art Images & Materials are Elsewhere

To find Images & Materials see Databases A-Z. Material Connexion and our Image Databases are not included in Fleet SEARCH.

To take advantage of the richest features of a database, including the subject thesaurus or specialized limiters, search a specific subject-relevant database. 

For example, Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals has image searching features only available in its unique index.