In this final installment of Discovering Discovery, we will review how to refine your searches using features built into the Discovery interface. These features are built into the left-hand side of the service.
While all of these options provide features for pinpointing items of interest, a few of them are not as straightforward as they first appear, such as “Limit To,” “Source Types,” and “Publication.”
Clicking on the “Limit To” tag provides a handful of options, including limiting your search by date, to full text documents, or to articles that are peer reviewed. However, selecting “Show More” provides a more robust set of qualifiers that can be used to better locate items of interest.
This is most useful when you need an article from a specific journal, by a certain author, or one that contains images. The image below features the additional features available:
Clicking on the “Source Types” enables you to select the media that is being searched. You can limit the results to journal articles, newspaper articles, and books, as well as more exotic media, such as conference papers, dissertations/theses, audio files, and music scores. To expand the number of source types that can be searched, simply click on the “Show More” option. Here is an example of some additional media types for our search for fish:
Clicking on “Publication” allows you to select which publication in which your search appears. This is especially useful when doing general research; once you know where articles on your topic of interest are published, then you can single out that publication to stay abreast in that field. Again, clicking on the “Show More” option will provide you with more selections. Here are some publications in which fish appear:
Ideally, this whirlwind tour of Discovery has helped you to improve your search techniques. The best possible way to apply the features and tools highlighted in this series is to practice. So, get searching!