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Getting started with library search engine Discover!: Tips and tutorials on searching Discover!

Tips on searching Discover!


  • The success of your search depends on the keywords that you use. Expand keywords by thinking around your topic, e.g. computing, information technology, ICT etc.
  • Use acronyms and full names. Identify your keywords in your assignment or related to your topic.

  • Identify words from different cultures, e.g. rubbish /garbage. Use a thesaurus or dictionary to find related or similar terms.

  • Don’t forget to search for people, places, and organisations related to your topic. Use the advanced search screen to be more specific in your search.

  • Continue to revise your search, e.g. use the Refine your search section in Discover! which suggests types of content, specific subject terms and publication dates.

  • Phrase searching: By putting double quotation marks “ ” around a set of words, you will search for the exact words in that order without any change. For example, to find items about study skills, enter “study skills”.

Searching for eBooks using Discover!

Recommended Guide - Effective database searching

Overview Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates the features of the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) interface, including how to search for information of interest to you.

Improving Your Search Results

This tutorial demonstrates how you can improve your EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) search results using limiters, expanders, and facets found on the result list screen.

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