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Discovery: What is in Discovery?

Learn how to use the library search tool, Discovery.

What is in Discovery?

Discovery combines the information from the library catalogue, the digital repository and many databases into a single database so your search is faster, and more thorough.

    Discovery does not:

    • Completely cover all the databases the library subscribes to.
    • Have the advanced features specific databases provide.

    If you need to conduct a comprehensive search, for example for a literature review, you should search individual databases as well as Discovery.

      Searching individual databases

      To access databases, click the Find Individual Databases & E-Journals link at the top of the page.

      Choose a search mode:

      • EJournals via Find It @ UniMelb: to search or browse Journals by title.
      • Databases: to search or browse Databases by title.
      • Databases by Subject: to find databases recommended for subject areas.

      a-z ejournal and databases

      Content Provider

      The Content Provider limiter, at the bottom left of the search results screen, can be used to establish which sources results have been retrieved from.

      Click the Show More to see the full list, sorted by Hit Count or Name.

      Tick the checkbox next to one or more content provider and click the Update button to narrow your search to results from those providers.