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BIOL 415/515: Worldcat Discovery

Course Guide for Darwin & the Origin of Species

When should I use Worldcat Discovery?


Worldcat Discovery is a great place to start your research. It will assist you in quickly locating relevant resources on your subject with having to decide which database(s) to search. The Online Catalog is included in the search. When using the Worldcat Discovery, you are capable of limiting your search results in a variety of ways which include date range, source type, subject, and scholarly designation such as peer-reviewed articles. 

When should I NOT use Worldcat Discovery?

To take advantage of the richest features of a database, including the subject thesaurus or specialized limiters, you may choose to search a specific subject relevant database.  For example, Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, and Medline have powerful features only available in their unique interfaces

What is Worldcat Discovery?

 The  Worldcat Discovery provides a single, unified search box for searching JFM Library's information resources, including scholarly journal articles, books, e-books, internet documents, research reports, and much more.  Features of the service include:

  • Single, simple entry point for searching many databases at once, including the TAMUT Library catalog
  • Pre-indexing of a vast quantity of metadata ensures immediate search results
  • Detailed metadata (e.g., author-supplied abstracts,keywords, subjects)
  • Indexing for thousands of journals from publishers
  • Complete library catalog loaded directly into OneSearch, with real-time availability checks and daily updates
  • Ability to limit searches by date, source type, subject, content provider, full text availability, scholarly designation and more
  • Powerful, user-friendly interface based on the familiar EBSCOhost platform

 Below is an interface for a basic search in the Worldcat Discovery. 


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