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Discover: The Library Catalog: Introduction to Discover

Introduction to Discover Library Catalog Search Options and Main Features

Purpose of Discover Library Catalog

Discover Library Catalog is a powerful search tool that will help you:

  • find variety of sources (articles, books, e-books...) efficiently with one global search
  • store and organize your research materials quickly with e-Shelf and Primo/Discover email
  • format citations automatically

                                                       ... and complete your research assignments on time

Discover Library Catalog Search Scopes within Global Search

Search scopes in Discover Library Catalog global searchWhen you use the Discover Library Catalog, you can choose between three major scopes or areas of searching:
1.Clark Libraries, 2. Clark + Summit, or 3. Clark + Summit + articles.
Clark + Summit + articles, or the global search, is a comprehensive search option in Discover that searches everything,
including articles from library databases and other online journal sources, but does not include all results from databases at Clark College Libraries.
For more in-depth research, search directly in specific library databases, especially for subject-specific topics (for example, Access Medicine for medical research,  Lexis/Nexis for legal research, Oxford Encyclopedia of Art and Artstor for art history, etc.).

Discover Search Scopes Explanation

In Discover search scopes, 

articles = articles + other resources…  
from library databases, open access journals & online collections... 

Summit (Summit Libraries Network) = books, DVDs...@ other institutions, delivered to you 

Clark = books, ebooks, journals, CDs, DVDs, streaming videos, equipment, course reserves...@your library

Discover #1 SEARCH TIP

Sign into your Discover Account 

  • to save your resource with e-Shelf
  • to save your search queries
  • to request Summit or interlibrary loans
  • more…

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