To facilitate the identification and use of electronic resources, the CSC Library utilizes a discovery system—specifically EBSCO Discovery. A discovery system is a computer platform featuring a user-friendly interface that aggregates searches across multiple sources.
CSC’s discovery system integrates the majority of the Library’s materials, including electronic journals, physical holdings, ebooks, periodicals, and specialized databases. The goal of integration is to display most of the Library’s available resources to students, faculty, and staff in a single location. Resources returned from searches are automatically ordered in terms of relevance based upon the impact factor of the journal in which they appear, as well as the total number of downloads they have received across all users of a particular discovery system. This means that a level of quality control is factored in to each search, which reduces the likelihood that a patron is using an irrelevant source.
Patrons can access CSC’s discovery system from the Library homepage (http://csc.edu/library), on the “Find Resources” page (http://csc.edu/library/databases/index.csc), or via the “Library Resources” button on the “Current Students” tab:
The discovery system has been configured to look and feel similar to Google. It features a search box where patrons may search by Keyword, Title, and Author.
Searching by Keyword will return any resource that has been tagged with or features that particular term. For example, here is what a result for a Keyword search for “fish” might look like:
Searching by Title will narrow the search to resources that only contain the selected words within the title:
And, finally, searching by Author will narrow the search to articles written by authors that share the same name. Note that you need to search for an author by typing in this format: Last Name, First Name / Middle Initial:
In the next installment of Discovering Discovery, we will cover some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your searches.