How can I tell which databases I'm searching in Discover?

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The default search on the library homepage (Discover) searches many of the databases we have access to, but not all of them. One small work around is to complete your search in Discover (the default search box), see which databases have been searched, and search the databases outside of that search that you would like to search. Unfortunately, because this is not a subject specific database it doesn't have the advanced search capabilities that databases for specific subjects have (ie. Nursing & Psychology).

Here is a video on how to check for databases: 


From the main library page you can select "Discover" above the search box, then choose "Advanced Search" and search your topic and when your search results come in scroll down to "Database Provider" or "Content provider" (depending if you are using Discover or the Scholarly articles tab) on the left hand side under "Refine Results," select "show more" and if you click on "Name" at the top, they will be listed in alphabetical order and you can compare these to the list of Subject Specific Databases for your topic (check the subject guides or the subject database list). We do not recommend unselecting any databases that Discover is searching because often a database that sounds irrelevant, actually has results that might fit your category. For instance Military & Security Assessments hold a large number of resources you might not expect, but it's a good way to see which databases you might be missing.

Find out more about using Discover.

  • Last Updated Mar 12, 2024
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  • Answered By Joanna Nemeth

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