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FirstSearch & Clearinghouse

Log in to FirstSearch | Register for a LORI account.

FirstSearch is an online service that provides access to a wide range of reference databases. OLIS subscribes to the service on behalf of the member libraries of the Library of Rhode Island (LORI) Network. Library staff who work in LORI Network libraries with a valid LORI account can use the service.

What you can do with FirstSearch

Using FirstSearch for citations --

  • Basic Subscription: ArticleFirst, ECO, and WorldCat for general searches and verification. Additional databases: ClasePeriodica, Ebooks, ERIC, GPO, MEDLINE, PapersFirst*, Proceedings*, WilsonSelectPlus, WorldAlmanac, WorldCatDissertations.
  • Full Access: does not include Worldcat but has expanded list of databases.

Using FirstSearch for full-text -- full-text is available in most of the databases.

Using FirstSearch for ILL -- when a citation is found but the item is not available locally, an ILL may be placed and forwarded to the OLIS ILL Clearinghouse.

Troubleshooting Log In

If you have trouble logging on to FirstSearch with your LORI Username AND your LORI password is more than 8 characters, try using just the first 8 characters.  If you still have problems, email or call Jeremy Cutler at 574-9306.

If you do not have a username and password please register on LORI. The library's ILL account will not log you into FirstSearch. Only individual library staff accounts are valid.