Henderson Library has a new search tool called DISCOVER that provides a Google-like search experience. The search box is available on the library web page.
It is NOT just another database or updated version of the catalog!
A single search box search can search most GALILEO databases & catalog simultaneously.
It differs from Google in that it searches only library resources & selected scholarly web sites.
Search results include journal articles as well as books and other materials.
Many of the results are full-text with direct links from the results list.
The initial search defaults to resources available on campus, both print and online.
To search for materials beyond Georgia Southern, remove the check from default checkbox.
A mobile app is available for download in addition to the library access.
DISCOVER is designed for all library users to begin with a broad search and then narrow it by facets. It is especially helpful to novice and distant users of library resources because it provides a “Google-like” search experience.
Searches may be narrowed by facets or limiters on left side of screen after initial results.
All searches are keyword searches regardless of the field searched.
The default search is “all words.”
Radio buttons below the search box are useful to designate the initial search as keyword, title or author. The search is still a keyword search rather than an exact search, but the search is limited to certain fields.
Quotation marks are very helpful in limiting results, especially when combined with the radio buttons.
Boolean operators may be used.
The full text of some resources can be searched but must be selected as an option.
Database hits are included in the facets and can provide information about the most relevant databases to search further if needed.
The traditional catalog and all GALILEO native interfaces will remain available for experienced library users who may desire more specific searching for some projects.
The Library will be happy to provide any kind of instruction or presentation that you or your students may need related to DISCOVER or any other library resource. We will visit your department and provide a demonstration; provide instruction for your class; or provide a one-on-one session for you! Let us know what you need.
The library can provide customized subject DISCOVER links for your area. Ask your liaison if a customized subject DISCOVER link has already been created for your area.
Need mobile access? Download the EBSCOHost app for iPhone or Android from iTunes or Google Play and then click the link at the bottom of any EBSCOHost search results screen to learn how to authenticate.
For information contact the Help Desk at (912) 478-5645