Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DISCOVER tip: what does it search?

When you search DISCOVER your main results can include hits from 41 different databases, plus 'more results' from another 17 external databases (in the column on the right). In time, those 17 additional databases will expand to 40 databases (see below).

The main search includes 4 multidisciplinary databases:

University of Liverpool Catalogue
TOC Plus (a huge 'base index' of data supplied directly by publishers)
Academic Search Complete (EBSCO's largest multidisciplinary full-text database)
British Library Document Supply Centre Inside Serials & Conference Proceedings (i.e. Zetoc)

and 37 databases with some element of subject specialisation:

Alexander Street Press
America: History & Life
Art & Architecture Complete
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
British Nursing Index
Business Source Premier
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Computers & Applied Sciences Complete
Environment Complete
GeoRef In Process
Global Health
Global Health Archive
Historical Abstracts
Humanities International Complete
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
MEDLINE with Full Text
MLA Directory of Periodicals
MLA International Bibliography
Music Index
Philosopher's Index
Race Relations Abstracts
Regional Business News
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600
Shock & Vibration Digest
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
Teacher Reference Center
Urban Studies Abstracts

Our DISCOVER 'subject profiles' (Health & Life Science, Humanities, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences) search the 4 multidisciplinary databases, plus a subset of the 37 subject specialist databases. Searching one of our 'subject profiles' won't find you anything that you won't find in our main DISCOVER search, but it can help to reduce 'noise' from irrelevant hits and make useful hits more prominent.

Similarly our main search's 'more results' area uses 3 multidisciplinary databases:

ISI Web of Knowledge
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

and 14 subject specialist databases:

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
BHI: British Humanities Index
Biological Sciences
BIOSIS Previews
CSA High Technology Research Database with Aerospace
DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
Oceanic Abstracts
ProQuest: Historical Newspapers, The New York Times
Social Services Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Again, our DISCOVER 'subject profiles' search the 3 multidisciplinary databases, plus a subset of the 14 subject specialist databases.

Over time we intend adding the following databases to our 'more results' databases:

ACM Digital Library
ARTbibliographies Modern
ASFA Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
Biotechnology & Bioengineering Abstracts
British Standards Online
Cochrane Library
Conference Papers Index
Credo Reference
Early English Books Online - EEBO
ECCO - Eighteenth Century Online
Economist Historical Archive 1843-2006
IEEE Xplore
Literature Online Criticism - LION
Literature Online Fulltext - LION
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Union Catalog
Oxford Reference Online Core Collection
SPIE Digital Library
Technology Research Database
Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985
TLS Historical Archive 1902-2005

We'll keep you added as new sources are added to our main databases and our external databases. Look out for Web of Knowledge and NBER Working Papers in our main search soon.

Our LibGuides list the full range of databases that we have for each subject, regardless of whether or not they are included in DISCOVER searches.

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