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How to Search discoverE

Conduct a simple search in discoverE

Enter your search terms and click the "Search" button. discoverE assumes you are searching for all the words individually - unless “OR” or “NOT” appear between words and phrases.

Put quotation marks around a phrase -- “cloning humans” -- or discoverE will search for them as individual words.

By default, discoverE searches all the types of items that the Emory Libraries hold, but you can select a particular type of item to search for -- books, journals, images, video, audio, scores, etc. -- using the “All Items” dropdown next to the search box.

Use AND, OR, NOT, or wildcard characters

AND, OR, NOT (known as Boolean Operators) are used to connect and define the relationship between your search terms. Use uppercase letters for Boolean operators within searches.

  • AND: narrows the search by telling discoverE to search for all records with both keywords.
    • cloning AND ethics -- will find only records with both words.
  • OR: broadens the search to include records with either keyword, or both.
    • college OR "higher education"
  • NOT: narrows your search. Tells database to search the first word but exclude the second word.
    • cloning NOT sheep

Wildcard characters

Use a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search.

  • wom?n -- will find records containing the words “woman”, “women” and “womyn”.

Use an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search.

  • cultur* -- will find records containing “culture”, “cultural”, “culturally”, etc.

Group terms within a search

Use parentheses to group terms within a search.

  • shakespeare AND (tragedy OR sonnet) -- will find records with the words “Shakespeare” and either “tragedy” or “sonnet”.

Specialized search tools

To the right of the simple search box are links to two specialized search tools:

  • Advanced Search:  Lets you target your search terms to one or more specific indexes such as “Author” or “Subject”.  You can choose how the term should appear in results, and use a search builder with AND. OR, and NOT Boolean operators to construct a search.  You can also pre-filter searches by language, material type, and date(s) of publication.

  • Browse Search:  Here you can search within alphabetical lists of Authors, Titles, Subjects, and Call Numbers (Library of Congress, Dewey and SUDOC) used within the different Emory collections.

Once you have a list of results from a search, you can do more to filter your results to find what's useful to you.  See Results in discoverE.