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UMBrella Help

UMBrella is our library catalog and search tool, allowing you to search for articles, books, videos, digital media, and more all in one place. It is available from the library homepage

Library Vocabulary

When you need help with library terms consult the Multilingual Glossary for Today's Library Users


Thank you to Renae Newhouse Watson for allowing me to adapt her Primo Help LibGuide. Requests to reproduce any of this guide, should be directed to Renae Watson at Colorado State University.

Healey Library Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Healey Library Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Healey Library is committed to taking action and making changes as we identify them in order to improve the working and studying environment.

Getting Started with UMBrella.

Choose Your Search Option

Choose what you're searching in UMBrella by using the dropdown menu next to the search box. 

Here are the search options you will see. Use the right and left arrows to walk through the different menu options.


Search millions* of our resources, including articles, ebooks, videos, print books, and more.

In addition, users can search through multiple pathways. For example, users can access individual specialized databases like CINAHL or JSTOR, or search specific journal titles through UMBrella.

Course Reserves

Search by course name, instructor, number, or department to find physical/print materials placed on reserve.

Journal Finder

Use Journal Finder to search journal, magazine, and newspaper publications by periodical title (not the article title) to see if Healey Library has access to the publication.


Search other libraries for articles, books, archives, and more.

Google Scholar

Search Google Scholar from the Library Home page.

Set up Google Scholar to link to the Healey Library.

Library Website Only

Search for information on the Healey Library website.

My Search Results

Searching will bring you to the results page of UMBrella. From this page, you have the option to sign in to your library account, narrow your search in multiple ways using Sort & Filter Results, click on titles to see full details, pin items to your Favorites, and more.

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