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Discovery: Search guide

What is Discovery?

Discovery is RRU library's main search tool. It searches our physical holdings (about 40,000 print materials) as well as most of the content in our online databases (over 400,000 items, including articles, ebooks, films, and more).

Tutorial video

Quick guide to searching Discovery

Quick guide to searching in Discovery

Basic Searching

  • By default, a basic search is a “keyword” search. Enter a term in the search box and press “enter” on your keyboard or use the search button to execute that search.

Expert Searching

  • An expert search may include index labels and boolean operators. You can conduct an expert search from the basic search box or the advanced search screen.
  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) used in a search must be capitalized. Search terms with boolean operators are processed in left to right order.
  • The Advanced search option allows you to keyword-search specific parts of citations. For example, you can search for documents that have a specific word in the titles of documents.

Approximate term queries: asterisk, question mark and pound sign.

  • Truncation: Enter a minimum of the first three characters followed by an asterisk (*). As an example: 'architectur?'  finds resources containing  "architecture", "architectures", or "architecturally"
  • Wildcards: Use the pound sign (#) to represent a single character (for example 'wom#n' will find woman and women

Author names are hot linked on search results in the item detail and under editions & formats. Clicking on the name triggers an author keyword search.

Searching Examples

o AND example: transportation AND highway# (finds all resources containing the words "transportation" AND either "highway", "highways"

o OR example: photograph# OR painting# (finds resources containing one or more of the the words, "photograph", "photographs", "painting", "paintings"

o NOT example: kingsolver NOT vegetable (finds resources containing the word "kingsolver" without the word "vegetable"

Other search tips:

  • Use filters to refine search results based on content, format, databases, author, year (or range of years), language and/or topics. 
  • The item detail includes the description, holding libraries, editions & formats and availability. The default tab is availability, and this may contain full text online links, a holdings summary with local call numbers and shelf-status or buttons for request item or place hold functions.