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What is included in my discoverE search result?

When you perform a search, discoverE displays a list of items that match your search query. For each item, the following information displays:

  • Resource Type - the format of the item, such as book, article, journal, etc.
  • Star icon - Click the Star icon next to the title to add or remove the item from your e-Shelf of saved items. A highlighted star indicates that you have already added that item to your e-Shelf.
  • Title - clicking the title displays that item’s full record
  • Author or creator
  • Place of publication, publisher, and date
  • Availability - the item’s current status, the library or libraries which currently own the item, and the item’s call number

What is a full item record?

Clicking on the title of any item will display the full record for that item. The full record includes:

  • Details Tab - includes the title, author, subjects, publisher, creation date, format, any related titles, language, and item identifiers (such as ISBN)
  • Locations/Request Item Tab - includes the location of the item, call number, description, status, barcode, item type, and request options
  • Browse Virtual Shelf Tab – lets you see items with call numbers in sequence with this item, together on a “Virtual shelf” by classification across all libraries and collections
  • Request Article or Chapter Tab – FOR LOGGED IN EMORY USERS, this tab may appear if they have authorization to receive electronic document delivery or articles or chapters for the item.
  • Request from Rose Library Tab - This tab appears if an item in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library can be requested for on-site use.  
  • Place on Reserves Tab – FOR LOGGED IN EMORY FACULTY/FACULTY EQUIVALENT OR PROXY, this tab allows faculty to request that an item be placed on reserve for a course.

How can I filter my results?

Because discoverE indexes such a vast amount of information, searches sometimes return a large number of results. To filter search results, use the facets (attributes that describe the item, including its title, author, and date of publication) listed on the far left of each search results screen.

  • The facets in discoverE are dynamic, meaning that for each individual search, discoverE will generate a new set of facets based upon the characteristics of the search and the results set.
  • Typically, you will be given the opportunity to refine searches by categories like resource type, subject or topic, author/creator, library, collection, language, genre, and creation date.
  • Also notice that discoverE often suggests possible new searches at the bottom of the Refine My Results area.
  • Once selected, facets will appear at the top of the new search results set.  Multiple facets will appear from left to right in the order in which they have been selected.  Refinements to the results can be reversed at any time by clicking on the X in any facet’s display box.

What do filters mean?

There are several filters available to you to refine your results. Remember that the facets in discoverE are dynamic, meaning that – for each individual search – discoverE will generate a new set of facets based upon the characteristics of the search and the results set.

  • Resource Type - filters by the format, e.g., video vs. book
  • Subject - filters by the subjects of the items in search results; selecting a subject term to refine the search may show more granular sub-topics under that subject in the Subject facet.
  • Author/Creator - filters by author/director/creator library
  • Library - filters by the libraries that own the material in the results. Note that if only one library is represented in the results, the facet does not appear.
  • Collection - filters by which items are part of a specialized collection
  • Language - filters on the language(s) of resource
  • Genre - filters on a specific form of resource or content type such as atlases, statistics, or poetry
  • Creation Date - filters on the publication date; enter “From” and “To” dates or use the slider tool to limit the date range, then click “Refine”
  • Classification LCC - filters on the top level Library of Congress classification for a resource; click to drill down further

How can I change the way results are sorted?

By default, discoverE sorts results by relevance, a score it calculates to best match your search terms.  With the Sorted by: drop-down menu at top of the results list you can choose other ways to sort results that might be useful:

  • Date - newest (to oldest)
  • Author
  • Title
  • Date - oldest (to newest)