New! Discover: Start here for books, articles & more

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Discover: Start here for books, articles & more

What is Discover?

What’s not in Discover?
How does Discover work?
Why use Discover?
How do I get started?
How can I improve search results?
How do I find the books, articles, and other materials retrieved by my search?
How can I get more help using Discover?

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What is Discover?

The scholarly alternative to Google! Discover searches millions of resources in the library catalog, journal article databases, and local primary-source collections all at once. It includes:

  • The Five College Library Catalog
    Books, journals, DVDs, CDs, and other media available at Smith and the other Five Colleges
  • General and specialized journal article databases and full text sources
    EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, Lexis/Nexis, Web of Knowledge, many of Smith’s most popular subject databases in all disciplines, e-books, encyclopedia entries, streaming media, and more
  • Unique, local resources
    Images from Smith’s Special Collections, Museum of Art, and Imaging Center (LUNA database), full text documents from the W.E.B. DuBois and other archival collections at UMass (Credo database), UMass research including dissertations and theses, articles, and conference presentations (ScholarWorks database)

What's not in Discover?

Some general and many subject resources such as ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers and other databases, Worldcat, and others.

How does Discover work?

Like Google, Discover matches search terms against the contents of all the contributing sources and sorts the results into a single relevancy-ranked list. Unlike Google, Discover does not search the web, but rather a select group of authoritative subscription sources.

Why use Discover?

Discover includes many sources covering a broad range of subjects, so it’s a great starting place to find a few good citations to books, articles, and media, before moving on to more specialized resources.  Discover is also good tool for interdisciplinary research as well as a last resort for finding information on esoteric subjects.

How do I get started?


Just type subject, title, or author keywords into the Libraries hompage Quicksearch box or Discover basic search screen.

Discover basic search screen

How can I improve search results?

Because Discover includes so much material, results are often overwhelming. Use these tools to refine your searches.


Limit after the search

The  limiting options displayed in the left column of the results screen include publication dates, languages, and types of publications (articles, books, etc.), scholarly or popular sources.


You can also add subject terms to narrow down your initial search and limit your results to only those items  available at Smith or only available online.


After making your choices be sure to click on the “update” button to re-run the search.

Discover database facet

Limit before the search

Use the Advanced Search to apply  limits (date, language, scholarly vs. poplular, type of publication, etc.) and other criteria (“find any of my search terms,” “also search within the full text of the articles,” etc.) before you launch your search.


Discover advanced search link

Discover advanced search options

How do I find the books, articles, and other materials retrieved by my search?

Books, DVDs, and Other Media available in the Five Colleges

Books, DVDs, and other media available in the Five College library collections are displayed in the results list with brief descriptive and location information.

Link to Five College Catalog

Click on the title link to see the detailed record which shows where copies of the item are available in the Five Colleges.

For materials (like this book) that aren’t available at Smith, use Request Item to have them sent to you via Five College Delivery.

You’ll be notified by email when they’re ready to pick up at Neilson Library.

For more information, see Request Item/Five College Delivery

Discover Five College Request

Full text is available within Discover

Connect directly to full text online sources by clicking on the PDF, HTML, and other special icons and links.

Discover full text links

Discover linked full text

Discover link to vendor


The item may be available in a source outside of Discover

Click the "SC Links" button to launch a search for the item in the SC Links system showing online and print holdings available at Smith.






The SC Links Menu

The SC Links menu will show full text options, if any, as well as print holdings at Smith (if any), and provide a link to search for print copies at other Five College libraries.




Materials that aren’t in the Smith collection, may be easy to borrow through the Interlibrary Loan service.

For more information, see Smith’s Interlibrary Loan Service.

Discover SC Links button


How can I get more help using Discover?

  • Chat: connect directly to a librarian using the “Got ?’s” icon
  • Email: click on the “Ask a Librarian” link to senda question to a librarian
  • Online help: use “Help” to learn how to use features such as personal folders, download or print records, and get advice about advanced searching techniques
Discover Help options

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