What is Discover?

Discover is an all-in-one finding tool, which searches for books, articles, and more using one simple search box.

How is Discover different than other library databases?

Discover combines most of the library’s resources into one search experience. Individual databases, such as Business Source Premier and Education Research Complete, tend to have a particular type of content (usually articles) and subject-focus.

Discover is different because it searches nearly all of these databases at once. If you don’t know which database to start with, or if you aren’t sure what type of resource you need, try starting with Discover.

Search Discover

What’s in Discover?

Content from most library resources, including:

  • TOPCAT, the library catalog, containing books, e-books, videos, sound recordings, music scores and more.
  • Library databases containing articles, streaming video (Films on Demand), including the full-text of many items.
  • Content from “Open Access" collections, such as Directory of Open Access Journals, PubMed Central, and more.

What's NOT in Discover?

  • Content from highly specialized databases is not searched by Discover. You will have a better experience searching these databases directly in their native interfaces. These include:
    • Mergent databases
    • Conference Board Research Collection
    • e-Statement Studies
    • Electronic resources (databases, e-books) from other SWITCH consortium libraries.

Don't want it "All"?

Search Scopes allow you to limit your search by collections. So instead of searching it all, ALL the time, the new Discover lets you limit your search scope to the specific material you need (Figure 1).

For example, clicking CSU Library Catalog will change the search scope to the physical collections of the Cardinal Stritch University Library; only those collections will be searched. Choosing SWITCH, will search the collections of the entire SWITCH Library Consortium, functioning like the former TOPCAT.

Figure 1. TOPCAT/Discover search scopes