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A Guide to Discovery & Catalogue

A guide to McMaster's Discovery & Library Catalogue search (Now Discontinued).

ALERT - McMaster has a new library system called Omni

Alert iconDiscovery/Catalogue/Classic Catalogue have been replaced by Omni and will become unavailable on December 31, 2022.
These tools now represent a snapshot of McMaster’s collections on June 21, 2022. Any resources added to our collections after that date will NOT appear in these tools.

Please update your bookmarks and recreate your lists and preferred searches in Omni. For instructions, see Pin Sources to My Favourites, Create Alerts/Notifications and Search History in this Omni guide.

To learn more, read:

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, JSTORMacSphere, etc.)

Discovery allows you to find physical and online resources on a wide range of topics in a variety of formats, including:

  • archives
  • articles from journals, magazines and newspapers
  • books
  • databases
  • dissertations or theses
  • games
  • government publications
  • maps
  • music 
  • periodical or series titles (i.e., journal titles, magazine titles, newspaper titles, book series titles, etc.)
  • reports
  • videos
  • and more ...

Library Catalogue and Articles & More Limits

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. 

    Database Limit
  • Library staffresearch guides and video tutorials can also be consulted for resource recommendations and search strategies. 
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