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Discovery is a user-friendly method of searching LSU Libraries' Online Catalog along with the full-text of much of the Libraries' electronic holdings. You can think of Discovery  as the LSU Libraries meta-search engine – it will search for books in the Libraries’ catalog, scholarly journal articles in databases such as Academic Search Complete and JSTOR, and newspaper and magazine articles in the LexisNexis database, all in one integrated search. Discovery is a simplification of the search for materials on a topic: instead of doing one search for books in the Libraries’ catalog and then another search for articles the databases, you can do one time-saving search.


It is important to note if you are accessing the database from off-campus, you may be asked to authenticate via MyLSU.

You can access the Library webpage through your MyLSU simply by clicking "Library Resources" on the left hand side and then "LSU Libraries Web Page" from the drop down menu provided.




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Locating Discovery on the LSU Libraries Home Page

You are now on the LSU Libraries homepage. The main Search box is located left-center of the page. The box has tabs across the top: Discovery, Catalog, Databases, Reserves, and EJournals. To use Discovery, make sure that the Discovery tab is selected. The selected Discovery tab will have a white background, and the unselected tabs will have gold backgrounds.


Searching with Discovery

Type your keyword terms for your research topic into the Search box. For this tutorial, we will use the keyword global warming as the example. Type global warming into the Search box and then click on the magnifying glass.

Your Results List in Discovery

Since Discovery conducts searches of the Libraries' resources much like Google conducts searches of the Web, your results list will be very large and will include journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, government documents, and print and e-books.

To narrow your results to a more manageable list of information sources on your topic, use the Refine Your Results area in the left-hand margin of the page.

Refining Your Results to Books and E-books

For example, to limit your results to show print and e-books about global warming, check the Catalog Only box.

Your results list has now narrowed to print and e-books on global warming.

Viewing an E-book in Discovery

E-books will always have [electronic resource] listed in the title and "Call No. AVAILABLE ONLINE" listed as their location. To view an e-book, click on the title of the book. This will bring you to a page giving detailed information about the e-book, including its subject terms (what the e-book is about), and the URL link to the e-book. 

To view an e-book, click on the link listed after URL:. The e-book will open in a separate tab in your browser.

To get back to your Results List, click <Result List in the blue bar above the e-book's title.

Locating a Print Book in Discovery

Print books will always list a specific call number that directs you to their location. A call number looks like this: QC903 .B53 2010.

This book is located in the stacks (shelves) on the 4th floor of Middleton.

Refining Your Results to Full Text Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journal Articles

To limit your results to show scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal articles on global warming, uncheck the Catalog Only box, check the Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals box, and then click the Update button.

To limit your results to show scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal articles that you can read in full text, check the Full Text box, and then click the Update button.

Refining Your Results by Date Published

To narrow your results list even further, you can limit the publication date span to include only the most recent articles available. Under Refine Your Results, type the year 2010 into the first box of the Publication Date range field. Then click the Update button.

You can also use the slider underneath the Publication Date range field to limit the publication date range.

Viewing a Journal Article in Discovery

To view a journal article in Discovery, click on the title of the article. This will bring you to a page giving detailed information about the article, including the abstract (summary) of the article, its subject terms (what the article is about), and the contact information for the author(s).

To read the article, click on PDF Full Text on the left hand side of the screen. The article will open in your browser.

Saving a Journal Article in Discovery

To save a journal article, if there is a PDF file, open the PDF file, then click Download PDF at the top of the page. You will be asked to save the PDF to your hard drive.

You can also print the article, email it, and generate a link for the article using the buttons on the right hand side of the page.


Discovery is a powerful tool that lets you search for journal articles, print books, e-books, government documents, and other materials all at once.

For more help with searching Discovery, visit EBSCO's Discovery support page.

For help with research, contact a librarian at the Ask us! page.

















Research Department Updated 4/15

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