discoverE is designed to be user-friendly, but it pays to spend a little time up front becoming familiar with its features.
1. Get help! Take advantage of discoverE's Help page.
2. Choose the best tab for your needs.
- The Catalog tab searches Emory's library holdings in books, media items, ebooks, electronic databases, journal titles (not journal articles!), and archival materials held at MARBL. Recommended for most purposes.
- The Emory Repositories tab searches holdings for items in our electronic repositories, including Emory Electronic Theses & Dissertations.
- The Combined Search tab searches the contents of the catalog, a selection of articles, Emory Electronic Theses & Dissertations, and the HathiTrust Digital Library. It's convenient but it may not be the best option if you are researching a topic for which you are likely to retrieve a large number of search results.
3. Use the search limit boxes on discoverE's Advanced Search to return more precise search results.
- Use multiple search boxes to create custom combinations of title, author/creator, subject, etc. to find exactly what you need.
- The Material Type pulldown menu enables you to limit results by books, video, audio, databases, etc.
- Also consider using quotation marks for phrases, wildcards and truncation symbols to search for multiple spellings and word variants, and Boolean search operators such as AND, OR and NOT.
This advanced search will retrieve English language books on the subject of Shakespeare's Hamlet:
4. Take advantage of the Refine My Results facets on the left.
After you receive a list of results, you can click on the links on the left to limit the results by Resource Type (format), Topic (subject), Author/Creator, Library, Collection, etc. Here is an example of the facets that show up when you do a general search for "Hamlet":