DISCOVER search for literature


Now I’m going to show you how to do
a literature search in Discover. Now, Discover is usually not
my very favorite way to do literature research, but because it’s very tempting,
I will show you how to do it. So again, I’m going to look for Great Gatsby
– that is the work that I’m researching –
and I’m going to put the author’s name as a search term.
If your work is not as well-known as the Great Gatsby,
especially if you have a poem, you might want to just look for
information about the author and then find information about the work
within the information about the author. So here are my results.
You’ll see that I go 22,000 results. And you may find that this is quite overwhelming. There are a variety of things that you’re seeing here. This one is a periodical, which means
it’s a magazine or newspaper article. There is a book.
This book is located at Clarkston. This is an academic journal article; however this “Find it” button means that
it’s not available full text in this database. Here’s another book at Clarkston. This one appears to be an e-book. This is a video located at Newton.
This is a video at Clarkston… And so it goes.
So, I am pretending that I’m an online student that does not come to campus
and I only want items that are available electronically.
So what I need to do is narrow my results. So I’m going to limit it to full text items only
because I only want things that I can view the whole article. So I’m going to click that limiter. I can choose scholarly journals if I want to. I’m going to actually use this “Limit by Type” here. and I’m going to limit to academic journals
and e-books. Now if I want more options, I can “show more,”
right here. So let’s do academic journals and e-books. Now when I scroll down further, I can look at the subject. I may want to look at information about the author. I can try limiting to” criticism.” Sometimes that’s a good idea and
sometimes it’s a little too limiting. In this case, I may find that there’s
a lot of information about the movie, The Great Gatsby. There’s actually been a couple of different movies
about The Great Gatsby. If I am only interested in the book, I might want to click that subject
so that I’m sure that I am getting information about the book.
Now I’m down to 393 results. and you will see that this is much more
in line with what I might need for a assignment in my literature class.
To get to these items I would click on the title,
then go to the PDF full text. The full text is going to show you
the whole article. To get your citation information
look at the screen that we’re on now. Now let’s go back and
go to the Advanced Search. There’s a link to the Advanced Search
on the GALILEO homepage or I can go straight from here.
When to go straight from here, it keeps the search terms that I already used.
Now let’s say that I want to look within the article for a specific thing.
I’m interested in Dr. Eckleburg’s eyes, so I’m going to look at Eckleburg — Choose the most unique word that you can that’s going to get you where you want to go — and then I’m going to look in “All text.” So I want the main topic to be Great Gatsby, written by Fitzgerald
and anywhere in the text that it mentions Eckleburg is fine with me.
Then I can narrow it, if I want to, to materials that are only about literature and writing,
then there’s some other search limiters down here, if you would like to look through those. Now I’m going to search… Now it did not retain the limiters that I had before,
so again, I’m going to choose full text and academic journals and e-books. Now I’m down to articles and e-books that mention Eckleburg somewhere within them. To find out more information about these articles, I can hover over this little piece of paper
with the magnifying glass and it will pop up a box that includes the abstract and
other information about the article. And then I can go directly to the article if I want to,
by clicking on the title.

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