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Information about Discovery, a one-stop search provided by Auburn University Libraries

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact Ask-a-Librarian if you have questions not covered below, or suggest an addition to this list.

The philosophy of Discovery

Discovery provides a one-box search experience.  It allows for true "discovery" by searching multiple platforms at one time.

What does Discovery search and find?

Discovery searches for physical & electronic items owned by AU Libraries while simultaneously searching its subscription databases.  Results can include books, e-books, journals, articles, digital collections, government documents, maps, media, and archives.  Find more information about what Discovery searches on the Discovery Content tab.

What is the primary difference between searching Discovery and the Library Catalog?

Discovery searches at the article-level and the library catalog does not. This means that rather than searching one database at a time, Discovery provides a way to search most of the Libraries' electronic subscription databases at once.  If this type of search is too broad, you may still search the Catalog and Databases separately.

I know the title of the item that I'm looking for. How do I search for it using Discovery?

Type the name of the in the search box, and select "Title" from the dropdown menu. For best results, use quotations marks.

Journal: "Journal of Fish Biology"

Book: "Fishes: A Guide to Their Diversity"

Article: "Fish Diversity in the Middle and Lower Reaches of the Ganjiang River of China: Threats and Conservation"

Can I do Boolean searches (AND, OR, NOT) in Discovery?

Yes.  From the Advanced Search. A link to Advanced Search is located below the search box.