In BenSearch, you can select from four different pools of content ("scopes") in which to search:
Everything in the Benedictine Library catalog plus articles and electronic items such as, book chapters, conference papers, media items, newspaper articles, electronic content the library subscribes to, some Open Access resources, and some EBSCO content
For search results beyond the Benedictine Library Catalog, BenSearch uses a centralized index that encompasses hundreds of millions of records of global or regional significance that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators. The number of records is constantly growing as additional data sources are added.
EBSCO does not send their metadata to be included in this central index. Instead, they require the system to do a separate call to their API (Application Programming Interface). Bringing these results back to BenSearch and attempting to “blend” them in with the rest of the results from the central index causes significant issues and errors. For this reason, the Benedictine Library has chosen to provide a separate search for EBSCO content.
Materials in 89 academic libraries in the state of Illinois. Many of these items can me requested and borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.
items reserved for a program (e.g., test preparation guides)
materials librarians reserve due to high demand (e.g.,films, citation style manuals)