Home \ Library Information \ Dacmessage

Discovery Search

What is Discovery Search?

The Library uses a special product known as a discovery layer to power our homepage search box. Discovery layers allow you to quickly search many different resources (books, ebooks, articles, digital images, etc.) within a single interface.

Not all library resources and collections are included in discovery search. While this can be a great place to find background information and learn more about your topic, in many cases specialized subject databases will provide more advanced options, deeper searching, and better results.

Resources currently included when searching the from the homepage search box are listed below.

Resources in Discovery Search

Catalog and Local Collections

Print books and other materials, e-books, and items from Special Collections and Archives

Digital Collections
Digitized photographs, manuscripts, and other materials.

Databases and Electronic Resources

Academic Search Premier [more]  Service Alert
Multidisciplinary collection; contains scholarly articles, magazines, and newspapers.

Alt-HealthWatch [more]  Service Alert
Full Text academic journals on alternative approaches to health care.

Art Full Text/Art Index Retrospective [more]  Service Alert
Featuring full-text articles, indexing and abstracts from an international array of publications, this database is a comprehensive resource covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as photography, folk art, film, architecture and much more.

Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic [more]  Service Alert
Medical research database.

Business Source Complete [more] 
A large collection of business information, including articles from scholarly, business and trade publications, SWOT analyses, and book chapters.

Communication & Mass Media Complete [more]  Service Alert
CMMC offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 620 journals covering topics in communication and mass media, and selected coverage of nearly 200 more.

Criminal Justice Abstracts [more]  Service Alert
Abstracts of books, journal articles, and reports from government and other agencies about crime, crime trends, crime prevention, delinquency, the justice system, juvenile justice, police, courts, and sentencing.

EBSCO eBooks (previously NetLibrary) [more]  Service Alert
Searchable collection of e-books for in-depth research on scholarly and popular subjects in all disciplines.

Education Source [more] 
A large, online digital library focused on a broad range of educational topics.

Fuente Academica [more]  Service Alert
Scholarly journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers.

HathiTrust [more] 
Conceived as an archive with access, the HathiTrust is a shared digital repository, incorporating digitized content from some of the largest research libraries in the United States.
Login required for some collections

JSTOR [more] 
Multidisciplinary journal collection, including the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.

Literary Reference Center [more]  Service Alert
This database covers a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes, combining information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals, and original content from EBSCO.

MAS Ultra School Edition [more] 
Designed for high school libraries; full text of general-interest publications.

Military and Government Collection [more]  Service Alert
Current news database pertaining to all branches of the military.

SPORTDiscus with Full Text [more]  Service Alert
A full text, scholarly physical education and kinesiology database.

Vocational and Career Collection [more]  Service Alert
Index to professional and trade publications relating to career guidance.

About Discovery Testing

The Library is in the process of evaluating which resouces are useful and appropriate to include in discovery searching. While testing is underway, only the resources listed above will be included when searching on the homepage. As the Discovery Advisory Committee approves resources, they will be listed on this page.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the search experience to better meet your needs. You can help us improve searching by completing this brief survey. Questions or concerns? Please contact