For those of you who have been doing secondary research via the RMU Library web site so far this semester, how do you like the new Discovery search box? How is it working for you?
The Discovery search (basic search box at the top of the RMU Library homepage) is a work in progress, but — so far — we think it’s been a pretty helpful way to maximize search time efficiency by bringing together the vast majority of RMU Library article-based database subscriptions into one dynamic interface.
We are still working on integrating RMU customized collections — such as print journals, and individual e-journal subscriptions into the Discovery Search. Also, the OpenURL linking tool (EBSCO LinkSource) is in the midst of transitioning, so if the LinkSource link does not work for you, use the “Get It! @ RMU” link. If we have the article at all (in print or in another database), the “Get It!” link lets you know for sure.
Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about Discovery.
Here is some additional information about how RMU Library’s implementation of Discovery is searching and what it is searching:
- Discovery defaults to searching articles available via RMU Library database subscriptions and books and media available in RMU Library; it includes ROBCAT in its searches. If you do not wish to narrow your results in that matter, you can simply un-check the “Available in RMU Library” limiter. This will expand your search results so that articles that are available to you in abstract-only format will be displayed, and you can then request these items, if desired, via the Interlibrary Loan form.
- Discovery search does not just search the title, subject headings or/and abstract of an article, it searches the entire article. If you would like to change this, you can un-check the “search within the full text of the article” expander once you click on your first result in the search refinement screen.
- Discovery search utilizes a hybrid Boolean/phrase search mechanism. This means it naturally prioritizes keyword search phrases within search results and that it naturally “ANDs” keyword search terms, but only if those two keyword search terms are within 2 words of each other in the search results; (thus far, this has proven to cut down on false hits that are sometimes generated when Boolean searches allow search terms to be within 5 words of one another, for example).
- Discovery search searches most traditional article databases. Databases that Discovery does NOT search include the following:
- BNA, Cabell’s Directories, Datamonitor, Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies, Global Road Warrior, HaPI, Issues & Controversies, Local Market Audience Analyst, ProQuest Dissertations – Index & Abstracts, SBRNet, STAT!Ref, Gale’s Times (UK) Digital Archive, Westlaw