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Discovery: Discovery

Allows exploration across over half all of the library's resources in one search, including the Hewes Library catalog, I-Share Catalog, and dozens of journal, reference and ebook databases.

What is Discovery?

Discovery allows exploration across dozens of the library's resources in one search

What's in Discovery?

Discovery searches multiple library resources with one search, including print and e-books, documents, periodical articles, and newspapers. Some resources may be fulltext, others may be citation only. 


The Core Databases (default search setting) contain over 20 databases such as the Hewes Library catalog, I-Share catalog, Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO, JSTOR and Business Source Premier, among others. 


See the "All Databases" choice on the Advanced Search screen of Discovery to select individually from over 90 databases, or choose "Select All in Group" button to search all the sources at one time. Be sure to "Save Changes" before conducting a search. Please note: the ALL search may take up to 30+ seconds to complete.

Tips for Using Discovery

COMBINE keyword concepts with AND:
coffee AND tea
**This search finds records with both words present. AND should be capitalized.


Search for SYNONYMNS with OR:  
world OR global 
**This search finds records with at least one of these words present. OR should be capitalized.


Combine PHRASES with quotation marks:
"barred owl"
**This search finds this phrase exactly as written.


TRUNCATION:  “ * ” replaces any number of characters and will find all forms of a word's root:

  • child* LOCATES child, children, childhood
  • therap* LOCATES therapy, therapies, therapist, therapists, therapeutic, therapeutically


Advanced search documentation


Search databases: library catalog, Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, and more!

How to Obtain an Item in Discovery

Discovery will rank results by both relevance of search terms and availability at Monmouth. Sample results below.

Discovery results


If the item is not immediately available in full text (see examples above):

1. Click the item title to view the full record

2.  Items available on the shelves of Hewes Library will display a call number in the full record

3. For other items, follow the "Find this item at Hewes Library" link


4. A new tab will open to reveal several options to obtain the item. Click each link to conduct the search in these databases (Hewes Library Catalog, I-Share Catalog (learn more about I-Share), article databases, Google Scholar, etc.)  


5.  If no options are available in the above resources, click the "Request through ILLiad" to order via interlibrary loan. Learn more about ILLiad.

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