Panther Prowler User Guide

What is Panther Prowler?

Panther Prowler is tool that can be used to search several databases simultaneously and to help you find databases in which to search. Panther Prowler also includes personalization features such as saving citations and searches in your own account. You can still search individual databases, such as ERIC or PsycINFO, to take advantage of their special features (e.g., Thesaurus search).

Searching Databases

The following sections refer to search options in the middle of the Rod Library home page:

Purple Search Bar Below Banner

Use this search bar to simultaneously search a preselected set of up to 10 databases in the following areas: Basic resources, Business, Education, Humanities/Fine Arts, News/Current Events, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Use the down arrow to change the subject area being searched. The databases being searched cannot be changed. This is most appropriate for simple, quick searches. Click the question mark on the left side of the search bar to see which databases are being searched.

Journal and Magazine Articles (Panther Prowler) QuickSearch

Use QuickSearch to simultaneously search a preselected set of up to 10 databases in the following areas: Basic resources, Business, Education, Humanities/Fine Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Books, and News/Current Events. Click the button next to the subject area you want to search. Click the heading, such as Education, to see which databases are being searched. The databases being searched cannot be changed. This differs from the search bar mentioned above in that you can require that terms be in specific parts of citations, such as titles.

Journal and Magazine Articles (Panther Prowler) and Databases by Field of Study

These links point to the same page.

This page lists databases arranged by nearly 50 fields of study corresponding roughly to UNI academic departments. To search Earth Science databases, for example, click the button next to Earth Science, enter search terms in the form, and click the Search button. You can require that terms be in specific parts of citations, such as titles.

Click Show Databases A-Z to see which databases are being searched in a particular Field of Study. Databases being searched can be changed on this page.

Click the name of an invidual database to search it directly without going through Panther Prowler.

Finding Databases

The following sections refer to headings under Journal and Magazine Articles (Panther Prowler) in the middle the Rod Library home page:

Databases A - Z

This is an alphabetical list of database titles. Click the name of an invidual database to search it directly without going through Panther Prowler.

You also may pick up to 10 databases to search simultaneously by checking the boxes next to their titles. Some databases cannot be searched via Panther Prowler.

Databases by Field of Study

This page lists databases arranged by fields corresponding roughly to UNI academic departments.

Going From Article Citations to the Full Text

Some citations in Panther Prowler search results include the full text of the article. For others, click the yellow Full Text or Find it! buttons. This will open a new window that should include a link to the full text of the article, if Rod Library has subscription rights. The window may have other links such as one for looking up the journal title in the library catalog to check for print holdings.

Search Tips

When using a Panther Prowler search form, the results can usually be made more precise by requiring the search terms be in Titles or Subjects.

To retrieve exact phrases, enter the terms in quotation marks; for example: "political parties"

When you want to limit search results to scholarly journal articles or have more control of the search, search the individual database instead of in Panther Prowler.

Search hints are available for some databases. In the Find Database list of databases, click the letter i to the right of the title to see if there hints for particular databases.

Can All Rod Library Databases Be Searched Through Panther Prowler?

No. An icon or text next to a database name indicates that it cannot be searched in Panther Prowler. Click the name of an invidual database to search it directly without going through Panther Prowler.

Can Panther Prowler Be Used Off Campus?

Yes. You will be prompted to enter you last name and UNI ID number, including the first three zeroes. If you want to access your My Space account from off campus, you will need to use this link, which is also listed on the left side of the Rod Library home page under "Off Campus Access."

Panther Prowler My Space

Panther Prowler My Space personal accounts can be used to create customized lists of databases, save citations to folders, save searches to be re-executed later, and change the look of the screen. Using My Space requires logging on to a personal account using your last name and UNI ID number. See this page for more details on the steps in using My Space.

Can Panther Prowler Be Integrated into UNI eLearning?

Yes. This page, also listed under Course Materials on the Rod Library home page, explains how to incorporate preconfigured and customized search options into UNI eLearning pages.

Who Provides Help With Panther Prowler and Database Searching?

Contact the Rod Library reference desk if you have questions about searching Panther Prowler or individual databases. Follow this link to get chat, email, and phone contact information, or click the Ask Us! link in the upper left corner of the Rod Library home page.