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CofC Libraries Discovery Service: About the Discovery Service

How to guide for the College of Charleston Libraries Discovery Service -- search the library catalog and numerous databases all at once.

The new Discovery Service is here! Try it out!

Search for books, articles, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here's what you need to know about the library's June 1 software migration.

On June 1st, some things changed.

The library's search interface (Discovery) looks and works a little differently.

  • There is no longer a separate Discovery Service, Classic Catalog, and E-Journals search. Instead, the new Discovery Service provides information about all types of physical and online library resources in a single interface.
  • The new Discovery does a better job of showing results that you can access right away, without having to first determine if we have subscription access.
  • You can easily expand a search to see resources we do not have and place requests if needed.
  • The new platform uses Office 365 authentication (similar to OAKS). You'll be able to save search results, review your library account, and make PASCAL Delivers requests without signing into multiple places.

Resources are more integrated--including resources from College Libraries, other academic libraries, and even non-library course materials.

  • On the back end, most of the library's physical and digital resources are now managed through a single platform (Alma), instead of the combination of platforms we previously used. This offers many benefits for both library staff and patrons. Most importantly for you, it will be easier to identify resources we have access to, and easier to request things we do not have.
  • In the coming months, look for a brand new course reserves and reading lists platform that will integrate with OAKS and allow instructors and students to access course materials (both library and non-library) in a single place.

Collaboration among South Carolina academic libraries will increase.

Some things did NOT change.

  • Library resources themselves have not changed. Direct access to hundreds of individual databases remain available throughout the transition through our A-Z Databases page.
  • Library faculty and staff remain dedicated to helping CofC researchers locate and gain access to the very best resources. Tutorials, workshops, and other opportunities to learn about the new platform will be offered for faculty, staff, and students during the summer and fall. If you have questions, reach out to us