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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.

discoverE search results

When discoverE displays a list of items matching your search query, the following information displays for each item:

  • Resource Type icon — Item format, such as book, article, journal, etc.
  • Star icon — Click Star icon next to title to add or remove it from your e-Shelf. Highlighted star indicates item is in your e-Shelf.
  • Title — Clicking title displays item’s full record.
  • Author or creator
  • Place of publication, publisher, and date
  • Availability – item’s current status, library or libraries owning the item, and its call number.

Refine your results

Facets listed to the left of each search results screen allow you to narrow and refine your search results by resource type (format, e.g., video vs. book), subject, author/creator, library (physical library owing the item), language, creation date, etc.

Once selected, facets appear at the top of a new search results page. You can deselect any of the facet options by clicking the X that appears next to it at the top of the new search results page.

discoverE often suggests additional searches at the bottom of the facets too.

Item records

Click on the item title to display its full record which includes:

Details Tab

  • title
  • author
  • subjects
  • publisher
  • creation date
  • language
  • item identifier such as ISBN

Physical Resource Tab

  • item location (i.e. which library it’s in)
  • call number
  • a request option (if you are logged in and the item is requestable)     
    NOTE: Requesting is not available for all items, and depends on both item status and library circulation policy.

    Virtual Browse Tab

  • Allows you to see what items are on the shelf next to this item.