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Our top three tips for a better Discover Search experience

by Amanda Andrews on 2022-08-15T08:30:00-03:00 | Comments

We know you’ve been loving our new Discover search!

In this post we outline our top three tips to get even more out of your searching experience.

TIP 1 Search only Nova Scotia Health Library’s holdings

Our Discover search helps you find a wealth of content in our own library collection and beyond, but what if you only want to search among our books and journals?

From the library’s homepage, go to Search Sources (1) in the top navigation bar and select Discover (2) from the drop-down menu.

Under Search Nova Scotia Health Library Collections, select the Journals tab or the Books tab (outlined in red below), then enter the title you’re looking for (A). Click on Search to find out if we have that title in our collection and how to access it. Alternatively, you can browse our collection by title (B).

TIP 2 Understand what ‘View full text’ means

When you click on the  View full text link under the title of a book, book chapter, journal, or article in your Discover search results, one of two things will happen: 

  1. If Library Services has an electronic version of this item—You’ll be taken right to the item so you can access it right away.
  2. If Library Services has a print version of this item—You’ll see this notice: “This book is available from NS Health libraries in print and can be requested using the form below.” Fill out the form and we will send the item to you from one of our library sites.

TIP 3 Create an account to bookmark items and save your searches

In the upper right of any page in Discover, click on Sign up (1). Fill in the required fields and submit: registration is quick and easy!

Once signed into your account, you can:

  • Bookmark items (2) by clicking Bookmark below a result.
  • Save a search by selecting the star icon (3) next to the search button.

You can then view these items through the Bookmarks and My Searches tabs (4) below the main search bar.

If you’re looking for more in-depth training on searching the library’s resources, you can:

As always, if you have any other questions, please reach out to AskLibrary@nshealth.ca. We are here to help!

Amanda Andrews

Librarian Educator, Education & Training Lead
Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Eastern Zone

Lana MacEachern

Library Technician
Aberdeen Hospital, Northern Zone


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