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Get started with research

Learn how to use RRU Library resources to get started with your research.

Search in Discovery

Discovery is the RRU Library's main search tool to find our collection of print books, ebooks, peer-reviewed articles, theses, dissertations, videos, films and more. 

Discovery is the library’s search tool that allows you to search the majority of our collection of resources. Discovery is great for interdisciplinary research because it retrieves a variety of different sources related to your search and will help you broadly explore your topic area. Another advantage of using Discovery for your research is that you will access academic sources for which we have the full text.

Let’s explore tips for using Discovery by searching the example topic “the effects of advertising on children's mental health”. This topic includes multiple keywords, which is an effective way to find relevant results. In the main area of the Discovery search page, you can view all the results retrieved based on the keywords you’ve entered in the search bar. Click “read more” for a description or abstract of the item; this will help you determine if the article or book is relevant to your research. Access the full text for articles and eBooks by selecting the blue “view full text” or “view ebook” link.

You can also use the ‘Search Tools’ to filter your search based on format or by content type. For example, you can filter by journal articles or books, or based on the type of literature you need, such as peer-reviewed content. These search tools are listed in the left-hand menu on your search results page. Select any of the available filter boxes in the menu to refine your search results.

For more information, check out our Discovery resource guide.