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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 an 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.

What is included in my discoverE search result?

When you perform a search, discoverE displays a list of items that match your search query. For each item, the following information displays:

  • Resource Type — the format of the item, such as book, article, journal, etc.
  • Star icon — click the Star icon next to the title to add or remove the item from your e-Shelf. A highlighted star indicates that you have already added that item to your e-Shelf.
  • Title — Clicking the title displays that item’s full record.
  • Author or creator
  • Place of publication, publisher, and date
  • Availability – the item’s current status, the library or libraries which currently own the item, and the item’s call number.

What is a full item record?

Clicking on the title of any item will display the full record for that item. The full record includes:

  • Details Tab – includes the title, author, subjects, publisher, creation date, format, any related titles, language, and item identifiers (such as ISBN).
  • Locations/Call Number Tab – includes the location of the item, call number, description, status, barcode, item type, and request options.
  • Request Tab – allows you to request physical items from select libraries.  
    NOTE: Requesting is not available for all items, and depends on both the item–s status and library circulation policy.
  • Additional Services Tab – displays the Find It @ Emory SFX Services for the item.

How can I filter my results?

Because discoverE indexes such a vast amount of information, searches sometimes return a large number of results. To filter search results, use the facets (attributes that describe the item, including its title, author, and date of publication) listed on the far left of each search results screen.

  • The facets in discoverE are dynamic, meaning that for each individual search, discoverE will generate a new set of facets based upon the characteristics of the search and the results set.
  • Typically, you will be given the opportunity to refine searches by categories like resource type, topic, author/creator, library, collection, language, genre, and creation date.
  • Also notice that discoverE often suggests possible new searches at the bottom of the Refine My Results area.
  • Once selected, facets will appear at the top of the new search results set.  Multiple facets will appear from left to right in the order in which they have been selected.  Refinements to the results can be reversed at any time by clicking on the X in any facet’s display box.

What do filters mean?

There are several filters available to you to refine your results. Remember that the facets in discoverE are dynamic, meaning that – for each individual search – discoverE will generate a new set of facets based upon the characteristics of the search and the results set.

  • Resource Type (filters by the format, e.g., video vs. book)
  • Topic (filters by the subject classification of title; for more granular subject classifications, click on one of the topic areas)
  • Author/Creator (filters by author/director/creator)
  • Library (filters by the physical library that owns the material)
  • Collection (filters by which items are part of a specialized collection)
  • Language (filters on the language(s) of resource)
  • Genre (filters on a more specific type of resource such as maps, datasets, etc)
  • Creation Date (filters on the publication date; for further date breakdowns, click on a specific date range)
  • Classification LCC (filters on the top-level library of congress classification for a resource; click to drill down further)