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How do I conduct a simple search in discoverE?

For a simple search, enter your search terms and click the Search button.

discoverE assumes that you are searching for all the words you type unless OR or NOT appear between the words and phrases.

Can I search by phrase, exclude words or use wildcard characters?

To search for an entire phrase, type quotation marks around the phrase. You can combine both single words and phrases in the same search.

  • NOTE: If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, the system will find items that contain the individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.

To search for specific words or phrases:

  • You can search for items that contain at least one of the words or phrases you type in the Search box. To do so, type OR between the words or phrases.
  • NOTE: If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR, discoverE assumes that you are searching for all the words or phrases.
  • To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, discoverE will consider them as part of the query.

You can exclude items that contain specific words or phrases. To do so, type NOT and then type the word or phrase you want to exclude.

  • NOTE: If you search for words or phrases without specifying NOT, discoverE assumes that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.

You can include the following wildcard characters in your searches:

  • ? — enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search. For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the strings woman, women, and so forth.
  • * — enter and asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search. For example, type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally.

How do I group terms within a query?

You can use parentheses to group terms within a query. For example, to search for Shakespeare and either tragedy or sonnet, type the following in the search box: 

shakespeare (tragedy OR sonnet)

What is the search scope?

The search scope defines the types of materials discoverE searches. The default search scope is all items.  However, you can select a more focused search scope from the drop-down list.  Current options include: video, audio, scores, maps, books, journals, images, and archives.