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Discovery: Step-by-Step from Discovery Webpage

Learn how to use the library search tool, Discovery.

Step-by Step from the Discovery Webpage

Click the yellow 'Hello, Guest' Login banner and enter your email login and password.


Choose a search mode, enter your search terms and click the Search button to start your search.


Search Modes

  • Keyword: to search for information on a topic.

    • renewable energy sources

    • "chemical engineering"

  • Title: to search for a specific item

    • Catcher in the rye

    • Journal of economic perspectives

  • Author: to search for items by an author

    • Poe, Edgar Allan

    • Matthews


Like Google, Discovery will predict and suggest search terms.

Click the Search Options link for more options.

Check how many results you have at the top of the page.





Research Starters provide links to citable, authoritative summary articles.


Too many results? Use the limiters on the left

Publication Date: you could limit your search to the last 10, or 20 years 
Source Type: like book, journal or news  
Subject: to narrow your search to a particular topic.


Too few results? Try modifying your search

Remove some words or try a simpler broader search

Tip: if you get no results check for typing mistakes


Enough results? Let's get started

The search results appear in the central section of the screen.

Click on the title of any of the items to read the abstract and see more details.

Accessing the items in your results list:

  • For a printed book check the status and location:

    • If it is available, borrow it at the library.

    • If it is not available, click the See Library Catalogue link to place a hold or use BONUS+


  • For an electronic book, click See Library Catalogue and from the Library Catalogue click Connect to ebook to view an e-book.



  • For other types of items, click the: PDF Full Text or Find it@UniMelb options

  • Use the Send PDF to my cloud to immediately save the article to your preferred option (Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive) or use the add to folder button for other output options (email, reference management programs)

Search tips

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase

"global warming"

Use ? to match a single character

globali?ation will match:

  • globalisation and
  • globalization

Use # to match one or no character

colo#r will match:

  • color and
  • colour

Use * to match different word endings

communicat* will match:

  • communicating
  • communication
  • communicated etc.

More search tips