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How to use our new Discovery Search

Discovery Search

What is Discovery?

Discovery provides a single search box for all research materials at once!

You will find academic journal articles, books, DVDs, streaming video, newspaper and magazine articles, artwork, and much more. The library materials such as print books and DVDs are also integrated into the search results!

Discovery Video

Features of our new search

  • Search many academic databases at once, including our MCCC Libraries catalog.
  • Immediate search results with links to millions of full-text resources.
  • Links for Inter-Library Loan when items are not instantly available.
  • Filter searches by date, source type, subject, full text availability, and more.
  • Detailed information about each item (for example, author-supplied abstracts, subjects, and more)
  • Indexing from thousands of journals and publications worldwide.

Search Tips

screenshot of left column search limiters

  1. Use the left column tools to limit your search results...
    • Select the "Available Print + Online" box to limit your results to materials you can access immediately, .
    • Select "Library Catalog" to limit your search to books, videos or other items in our MCCC libraries.
    • Select a "Source Type" to limit your search specifically to books, magazines, academic journals, and more. 
    • Additional limits such as subject and geography can really focus your results!
  2. Better search terms
    • Keep an eye on the subject terms listed with each result. Use these words to improve your search.
    • Our new service searches all terms you have entered. For example: children television violence will find items that contain all 3 terms.
    • To search by phrase, enclose your words in "quotation marks". For example: "global warming"
    • Use the asterisk * symbol to search all variations on a word. For example: nurs* will provide results for nurse, nurses, nursing, nurses role, nurse practitioner, nursing care, nursing home, etc.
  3. Full Text Searching
    • Our service also searches the full text of documents when it's available. This may cause a large number of results, some of which may not seem relevant to your subject.