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A Guide to Discovery & Catalogue
A guide to McMaster's Discovery & Library Catalogue search.
want to survey the extent of resources on a topic which maybe part of the collections at McMaster libraries
want to find a specific article using the article title or its DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
What is Discovery?
Discovery (formerly named Quick Search) is a multi-disciplinary search tool that simultaneously searches McMaster's library catalogue and the contents of several subscription and open access databases (e.g., EBSCOhost databases, JSTOR, MacSphere, etc.)
Discovery allows you to find physical and online resources on a wide range of topics in a variety of formats, including:
articles from journals, magazines and newspapers
dissertations or theses
periodical or series titles (i.e., journal titles, magazine titles, newspaper titles, book series titles, etc.)
and more ...
Search results in Discovery are presented in a single list, but can be separated by selecting the "Library Catalogue" or "Articles & More" limit in the Refine by: column on the left.
NOTE: Content pulled from databases is contained in the "Articles & More" limit. Individual articles are not included in the "Library Catalogue" limit.
Although Discovery does search a number of resources, it is not a comprehensive search of everything available through McMaster libraries. You may need to search other resources to find all relevant material on your topic.
The Database limit in the Refine by: column of Discovery can help you identify which resources may be worth exploring in more depth. Searching a specific database outside of Discovery will typically provide more search options, limits and targeted results.