When should I use the Discovery service?
Discovery is a great place to start your research. It helps you quickly find relevant resources on a subject, without having to decide which database(s) to search. The facets allow you to limit your search results in a variety of ways, including date range, source type, subject, and scholarly designation. The library's catalogued resources are also integrated into the search results.
When should I not use the Discovery service?
To take advantage of the richest features of a database, including the subject thesaurus or specialized limiters, you may choose to search a specific subject relevant database. For example, Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, and Medline have powerful features only available in their unique interfaces.
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What is the Discovery service?
The Discovery Service provides a single, unified search box for searching the holdings of the College of Charleston Libraries, including scholarly journal articles, books, e-books, internet documents, research reports, and much more. Features of the service include:
- Single, simple entry point for searching many databases at once, including the CofC Library catalogue
- Immediate search results
- Detailed metadata (e.g., author-supplied abstracts,keywords, subjects)
- Indexing for thousands of journals from publishers such as Sage, Elsevier, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, and Cambridge
- Complete library catalog loaded directly into Discovery, with real-time availability checks and daily updates
- Ability to limit searches by date, source type, subject, content provider, full text availability, scholarly designation and more
- User-friendly interface based on the familiar EBSCOhost platform