Emory's printed materials (books, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, etc.) are cataloged in discoverE. This is a common practice, and most libraries contribute their records to larger consortium catalogs, like WorldCat.
We call the in depth description of an item in discoverE its catalog record.
A catalog record is to a printed item as a finding aid is to a manuscipt collection. In special collections libraries catalog records give more information then just the call number.
What are some common parts of a catalog record?
Basic item information
Year and place of publication
Number of pages
What are some things to look out for?
Edition date: Year of publication. One work may have many editions that can change it significantly.
Provenance: Where did the item come from? Was it owned by someone noteworthy that might impact how and why the item was kept or changed over time?
Unique characteristics: Marginalia, inscriptions, printer's mistakes, damage, etc.
Locations: Which of Emory's many libraries holds this item? If looking in WorldCat, what other libraries have an item I want that Emory does not?