User Guide to SUNY Broome Discovery Search

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SUNY Broome Discovery Search is a database that contains print and electronic books, magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. When you input your search terms, the results list may contain some or all of the formats above. Here is the beginning screen:


You can conduct a basic search or select the Advanced Search feature. Let's start with a basic search on fracking and environment. The AND between the terms requires that both terms be present in the results.

You can narrow a search by choosing full text or scholarly (peer reviewed) journals. Articles in scholarly or peer reviewed journals are written by subject specialists in a certain field. The articles include a list of works cited. The next illustration shows how to refine or limit results. The green area points to the publication date range that you can choose.

Now let's continue our search on fracking and the environment without limiting it to full text. Here is a citation from a journal, Engineering & Technology. The green arrow is pointing to the title of the article. The yellow arrow points to the page number(s). Circled in red is the Cite button that reformats the citation into different style guides, i.e., APA, MLA. Since this is a multi-database search tool, each citation gives the name of the database where it came from.



Interlibrary loan: There will be times when you will encounter, "Find Full-text or Request Copy." This link will either lead you to the article in another database or to a link in which you can request it through interlibrary loan. The green arrow points to the Journal link for the full text of the article. You can choose the issue that has the article. The article is found in the database, InfoTrac Newsstand. The yellow arrow points to the link for the interlibrary loan form. The first time you use interlibrary loan to request a book or article, you will need to complete a form. It is quick, easy and does not cost anything.


You can limit your search to BOOKS. Here is a book that is located in the SUNY Broome Library. A second arrow points to the call number. It is located in the circulating collection on the second floor and appears to be available on the shelf.

 If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact a Librarian. This HELP link leads you to various way to get assistance with your research.

D. Spanfelner, Ph.D

15 September 2014