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Research Guides | Library | Amherst College

FOLIO Library Migration

Overview

What is Discover?

Discover is a tool that searches physical and many online collections across the Five Colleges and most of our research databases at one time.

It can be a great place to get started on a topic or make sure you haven't missed anything.

Because it's looking for material in so many different places, the search results can sometimes be overwhelming! This page has tips to focus your search.

Filter Search Results by Format

On the left side of your search results screen there is an option to filter by Format of the material (book, article, etc.).

Screenshot of Format filter with options for filtering by format type


  • Select Books to filter your results to books only
  • Select eBooks to filter your results to ebooks only
  • Select Academic Journals to filter your results to articles from academic, or peer reviewed, journals only

If you don't see the format you want, click Show More to see all your format filtering options.

Filter Search Results by Library Location

On the left side of your search results screen there is an option to filter by Library Location.

Screenshot of Library Location search filter with location options shown

Select the location you want to filter by. Your search results will automatically update after each selection.


See all library locations

Locations are ordered by frequency (the number of search results), instead of alphabetically.

If you don't see a library location you need, click on Show More.

Sort locations alphabetically

For an alphabetical list of locations, click on Show More, then click on Name at the top of the list.

Screenshot of Library Location expanded filter with Name sort option highlighted

Search the Amherst College Catalog Only

Discover includes a version of the Amherst College Library catalog in search results, which is material on the shelves at all of our library locations (Frost, Morgan, Keefe, Depository), as well as ebooks we have access to through Amherst and Five College subscriptions. 

You can pre-limit your search to only search the Amherst College catalog, or filter your search results afterwards.


Pre-limit your search to the Amherst College catalog

Click the advanced search link under the Discover search box

Discover search box with advanced search link highlighted

Beneath the search box, find the Limit your results box.

Select Amherst College Only to pre-limit your search to materials across Amherst College library locations, including ebooks.

Screenshot of Advanced Search with Amherst College Only selected


Filter your search results to the Amherst College catalog

After running a search, on the left side of your search results find the Limit To option.

Select Amherst College Only to filter your results to materials across Amherst library locations, including ebooks.

Screenshot of Limit To option with Amherst College Only selected

Search the Five Colleges Catalog Only

Discover includes a version of the Five College Libraries shared catalog in search results, which is material from libraries at each of the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, UMass).

You can pre-limit your search to only search the Five Colleges catalog, or filter your search results afterwards.


Pre-limit your search to the Five Colleges catalog

Click the advanced search link under the Discover search box

Discover search box with advanced search link highlighted

Beneath the search box, find the Limit your results box.

Select Five Colleges Catalog Only to pre-limit your search to materials in the Five College Libraries.

Limit your results section with Five Colleges Catalog Only checkbox selected


Filter your search results to the Five Colleges catalog

After running a search, on the left side of your search results find the Limit To option.

Select Five Colleges Catalog Only to filter your results to materials in the Five College Libraries.

Limit To section with Five Colleges Catalog Only selected