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A Guide to Discovery & Catalogue

A guide to McMaster's Discovery & Library Catalogue search.

Limits

When Discovery or Catalogue searches generate a very long list of results, you can narrow these results by using some of the limits found in the Refine by: column such as Format, Subject, Language, Geography and Date of Publication.

When searching Discovery keep in mind that the limiting options listed in the Refine by: column may not apply to all results. Some only apply to "Library Catalogue" results and some only apply to "Articles & More" results. The following list identifies which limits (or facets) apply to which results. Those highlighted in bold blue text apply to both sets of results. 

Refine by:       Library Catalogue           Articles & More          
• Library Catalogue      
• Articles & More      
   • Full Text      
   • Peer Reviewed      
• Found In      
• Availability      
Format    
• Location      
• Course      
• Instructor      
Subject
Language
Geography    
• Database      
• Publication Year      
• Publication       
• Publisher      
Date of Publication                     

 

Full Text and Peer Reviewed LimitsFull Text
If  the Full Text box is selected, you will limit your results to those items that are available in an online format and eliminate those that are only available in a physical format. This is a useful feature, but - be aware - that some resources (such as books) will not be available online and you may miss out on important sources.

Peer Reviewed
If the Peer Reviewed box is selected, you will remove most results that are not journal articles, but - be aware - that some resources that are also published in scholarly journals (such  as book reviews and reports) will remain in the results so pay close attention to the format of these items.

Format Limit

 

The Format limit identifies the different types of sources that match your search. Select more > in order to see the full list of formats.

By default, the Format list is organized by hit count (most to least number of results).  Click Name or Hit count to re-sort the list. Check one or more formats listed (e.g., Academic Journals) and click Apply.  Your results should now be limited to the selected format(s)(e.g., scholarly journal articles). 

To return to a broader set of results, simply uncheck the selected box(es) and click Apply.

 

Location Limit


The Location limit identifies the library, collection or space that houses the item at McMaster. Select more >  to see the full list of locations.

By default, the Location list is organized by hit count (most to least number of results).  Click Name or Hit count to re-sort the list. Check one or more locations listed (e.g., Mills Library) and click Apply.  Your results should now be limited to the selected location(s). 

NOTE: The Online location in this limit only applies to Catalogue results. Online items from the "Articles & More" portion of Discovery results are not included in this limit.

Subject Limit


The Subject limit identifies the subject headings or subject terms (aka descriptors) that have been assigned to items appearing in your search results.  Select more > in order to see the full list of subjects.

By default, the Subject list is organized by hit count (most to least number of results). Click Name or Hit count to re-sort the list. Check one or more subjects listed and click Apply.  Your results should now be limited to items that have any of the selected subject headings or subject terms. 

The Subject limit can be used to 
- narrow down search results to your area of interest
- find additional resources that have the same subject headings or subject terms
- develop a list of new or alternate keywords for your topic

 

Language Limit


The Language limit identifies the publication language of the items appearing in your search results.  Select more > in order to see the full list of languages.

By default, the Language list is organized by hit count (most to least number of results). Click Name or Hit count to re-sort the list. Check your language of fluency (e.g., English) as well as any other languages of interest (e.g., French, Spanish) and click Apply.  Your results should now be limited to the specified languages.

 

Date of Publication Limit


The Date of Publication limit can be used to display results that were published within a set range of time. This is useful if you're looking for recently published materials or if there is a date restriction on your assignment.

Enter a date range (years of interest) in the Date of Publication boxes and click Apply.

 

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Sorting

Discovery allows results to be sorted by relevance (default) and date (descending only - newest to oldest date of publication).

Catalogue and Classic Catalogue allow results to be sorted by relevance (default), date (descending only - newest to oldest date of publication),  title (A to Z) and author (A to Z)

NOTE: Navigating directly to the last page in a list of results in Discovery and Catalogue is not possible at this time. Use the next, previous and # links at the bottom of the list to move between pages of results. There are 25 records per page. Classic Catalogue does allow you to jump to the last page of results. There are 50 records per page.

More Details

In the Results list, click on the title of an item to display the full record.

Scroll through the full record to see more details or information about the item. 

If an item has cover art, click the cover image or More Info link in the full record to view additional information about the title which can include a summary, author notes, inside flap, an excerpt, reviews, table of contents and more. 

Also, some full records have a Google Preview button at the bottom of the record. Select the Google Preview button to learn more about the item from Google Books. 

More Details in Full Record

Additional Actions

Results may have some of the following Additional actions noted in the brief and/or full record of Discovery or Catalogue.

Additional actions

  • Request it buttonIf the Request it button is present, select it to place a hold or recall on the item. You will be prompted to login to your Library Account. NOTE: Only physical materials owned by McMaster Libraries can be requested. This option will only appear in the full record of eligible Catalogue results. 

  • Folder iconFolder: Add item(s) to a folder. Use this feature to view, request, tag, email, export or save a list of items. 
     
    • To add item(s) to a folder, click the folder icon

    • To view selected item(s) in a folder, select the My Folder link at the top right  (or select view folder in the record)

    • To save items displayed in a folder to a list ...

      • select Save to list in the toolbar displayed

      • if not already logged in, you will be prompted to log into your Library Account

      • once logged in, the system displays a Save to My List menu

        • choose an existing list from the drop-down menu and click Add to append items to this list
                                                                                          or  

        • click Save to new list to start a fresh list of items
          you will be prompted to enter a name and description for your list
          click Create

          NOTE: Only items from the Catalogue can be saved to a list. Articles & More content cannot be saved to your Library Account. 

  • Envelope | Email iconEnvelope: Email the detailed record or description of the item to yourself or to someone else. Message will be addressed from Encore [iii@discovery.os.mcmaster.ca] and will include a link back to the record. 
     
  • Quotation Mark | Cite iconQuotation Mark (1st): Export the citation for this item to RefWorks.
     
  • Quotation Mark | Cite iconQuotation Mark (2nd): Export the citation for this item to EndNote.
     
  • Plus | More iconPlus sign = more ... : Label | Tag iconTag:  Add a label or word to the item.
     
  • Social Media | AddThis iconsSocial Media and more: Share this item record on a variety of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and other online services (Mendeley, Google+, etc.).
     
  • Permanent Link: If this option is present, select/copy the link to get a stable URL for the full Catalogue record of this item. NOTE: To get a stable URL for Articles & More content, click on the title of the item in Discovery. This will take you to EBSCO's Discovery Service for McMaster University. In the full record, selectPermalink Chain iconPermalink in the Tools column on the right. Copy and paste the stable URL that appears in the Permalink section at the top of the record.

  • Request Accessible Copy: If this option is present and you have a print disability and need accommodation, select this link and complete the resulting form. This service is only available to current McMaster students, staff and faculty registered through Library Accessibility Services. NOTE: This option will only appear in the full record of eligible Catalogue results. 
     
  • Scan one chapter buttonor Scan and send buttonIf a scan button is present, select it to request a free scan of one chapter from a print book or one article from a print journal issue. For more information about the Library's scanning service, visit Request a Journal or Chapter ScanNOTE: This option will only appear in the full record of eligible Catalogue results.