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Discovery How To Guide

Basic Search Tips for Discovery

Discovery uses a relevancy algorithm to return your results that takes into account the following factors:

  • Whether search terms appear anywhere in record
  • Search terms appearing in the title, author, or subject field are ranked highest
  • Proximity of search terms to each other
  • Number of libraries that own item
  • How recently the item was published

In addition, in the regular search results, Discovery will first display those items owned by Wilmington University Library.

The default Basic Search in Discovery searches...

  • Items owned by Wilmington University Library appear first in the results list.
  • Items owned by Libraries WorldWide are included in the search as well.
  • A selection of article and reference databases
  • Selected eBook collections

 

*Some guide content adapted from DePaul University's WorldCat Local Guide.

To search by topic or keyword....

  • Enter your words in the box.
  • Words can be in upper or lower case.
  • Multiple words can be entered in any order.

How does Discovery interpret my search?

Discovery will search for ALL of your keywords in the following places and return a range of items in various formats:

  • title
  • subject matter
  • author's name
  • the item's format and/or language
  • year of publication
  • name(s) or publishers 
  • if the item is an article, the name of the magazine or journal in which the article appeared
  • for recorded music and movies: artist, actor, or director name

To search for an exact title or a phrase...

  • Use quotation marks around your keywords.


By default, Discovery searches the following database records* as part of basic search:                                      

  • Academic Search Complete 
  • AgeLine
  • AHFS Consumer Medication Information
  • Annual Reviews
  • Business Source Ultimate
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
  • Computers & Applied Sciences Complete
  • Credo Reference
  • E-Journals
  • ebrary
  • EBSCO CINAHL Complete
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • GreenFILE
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • Humanities International Complete
  • INFORMS Journals
  • InfoSci-Books
  • InfoSci-Journals
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences IV Collection
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
  • MasterFILE Complete
  • MEDLINE
  • Middle Search Plus
  • National Newspapers Core
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Palgrave Connect
  • Primary Search
  • ProQuest
  • ProQuest
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
  • PsycINFO
  • Regional Business News
  • SAGE Journals
  • SAGE Knowledge
  • SAGE Research Methods (SRM)
  • ScienceDirect
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
  • SpringerLink
  • Taylor and Francis Journals
  • Wiley Online Library
  • WorldCat.org

Databases can be added or removed from your search by going to Advanced Search. See the Articles pages for more information. *PLEASE NOTE: The Library does not have access to all content contained in the databases listed above. "View Now" online access links will be provided for any library-subscribed or open access resources contained in the databases.

 

Discovery uses a relevancy algorithm to return your results that takes into account the following factors:

  • Whether search terms appear anywhere in record
  • Search terms appearing in the title, author, or subject field are ranked highest
  • Proximity of search terms to each other
  • Number of libraries that own item
  • How recently the item was published

In addition, in the regular search results, Discovery will first display those items owned by Wilmington University Library.

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