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||✔|
|• Publication Year||✔|
|• Date of Publication||✔||✔|
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.
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.
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., academic journal articles).
To return to a broader set of results, simply uncheck the selected box(es) and click Apply.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Results may have some of the following Additional actions noted in the brief and/or full record of Discovery or Catalogue.
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