HOW TO SEARCH

Simple search

Discovery is easy-to-use and intuitive. Resources can be searched directly by introducing (a) specific term(s) to the search box. You may also choose to select the search range and click on the icon Discovery2

  • Search all. Search all the Library’s collections, including both physical and electronic resources found in the catalogue.
  • Catalogue. Only search physical resources in the catalogue.
  • Electronic resources. Only search electronic resources, both those to which the library is subscribed and those that can be accessed online for free.

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You can combine to search terms using Boolean operators and access additional search options by selecting advanced search. Use of quotes (“ ”) allows you to search for literal expressions such as “human resources”

 

Advanced search

Advanced searches allow you to focus your search using a series of fields (author, title, date of publication, language, type of document…). Once you have established your search criteria, click on the “Search” button.

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RESULTS PAGE

Discovery will automatically show the results of the search, organized by relevance. The order of these results can be changed, and can be organized by date (show most recent results first).

Results may include academic articles, chapters from books, lectures from conferences, doctoral theses…

Basic information will be provided for each item: title, author, type of document (book, article, publication, etc.) as well as its availability or a link to the full text. By clicking on the title, you can access a detailed file on the item.

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FILTERING RESULTS

First searches using Discovery tend to come back with a large number of results. This number can be reduced using filters that allow you to narrow the search until only the most useful results appear. You can filter results by collections, dates, languages, type of resource, etc. In some cases, you can select more than one variable (for example, in the case of language or type of document). These filters can be found in the left-hand column under Limit by, and they allow you to:

  • Only show results from peer-reviewed publications, full-text publications or material available in the Library.
  • Filter results by type of document, language, etc.

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Filters are automatically applied when selected, and they appear in the upper left-hand corner of the column under the option Current limitations. In order to eliminate a certain filter option, click on the “X” that appears beside each option.

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INTERPRETING SEARCH RESULTS

Physical resources

Printed books and publications can easily be recognized because they show the option Available in

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By clicking on the title, you can access the full file with information on the availability and location of the resource, and you can request it using the Reserve option.

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Electronic resources

Discovery allows for direct access to electronic resources (e-books, articles, publications or chapters from electronic books). In order to access the full text, it is worthwhile being acquainted with a series of different types of buttons:

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Access the full text of the document in electronic format, if available. If not, Discovery provides other available options or information on requesting the document from another library.

 Acceso3 Access the full text of the document in electronic format recovered from Dialnet.
 Acceso7 Access the full text of the document in electronic format recovered from ERIC.
Acceso4 Access the full text of the document in electronic format recovered from DOAJ.
 Acceso8 eng Access the full text of the document in electronic format recovered from SciELO.
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Access the full text of the document in electronic format, if available. If not, Discovery provides other available options or information on requesting the document from another library.

If the item includes multiple links, they will appear under this option.

 Acceso2 If the full text is not available, Discovery will provide the option of requesting it from another library.
 Acceso5 Additional information on the article in Web of Science.

 

Physical and electronic resources

In cases where both a physical and an electronic version of a resource are available, both versions will be shown.

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ADDITIONAL ACTIONS

Additional actions

Additional actions are provided for all items. These allow you to:

  • Add references to a folder (the content is recovered from the My folder option shown at the top)
  • Send references by email 
  • Export references to Mendeley

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Reservations

In order to reserve a document, open the full page for the document in question and select Reserve. This will open a page where you can identify yourself as a member of the School and select a pickup location.

As soon as the material is available for pickup, the system will alert you.

En el momento en que el material esté disponible para su recogida, el sistema enviará una notificación informando al respecto.

The system does not allow users with some sort of penalization to request documents 


Recommended bibliography

Titles that make up part of the recommended bibliography of a subject will be shown with the option Recommended bibliography.

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When you click on the title and access the detailed information for the document, you will be shown information on the recommended bibliography: course name and professor name. By clicking on either, you can access the full bibliography for the class. 

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Managing the personal space

The personal space is a tool that allows you to save and organize results. Any reference can be added to the My folder space by clicking on the basket icon.

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A reference will be added to the basket. In order to see incorporated references, select the View basket option.

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It will automatically be shown in the My folder option in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

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You can recover saved references by signing in to My folder with your user code and password, and clicking on the basket icon. Saved references will appear in the reference list.

References must be classified by lists, otherwise they will disappear from “My folder” when you sign out 

 

By clicking on the name of the person who has signed in, you will access their reading history, their favourite searches and borrowed resources.

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