UMass Amherst Libraries Introduce New Search Engine

The search box on the UMass Amherst Libraries main Web page is now powered by a new search engine, Discovery Search.

Installed following a usability survey this spring, Discovery Search replaced UMA WorldCat on July 1.

The biggest change users will see is the vastly greater number of electronic journal articles available as full text, according to Kathleen Berry, the Libraries’ discovery and resource management systems coordinator.

Discovery Search is a product of EBSCO Information Services, an information technology company that serves libraries and other institutions to support their end users and improve access to information.

Discovery Search offers a range of tools with which to customize searches, such as advanced search, full text finder and scholarly peer reviewed, to name a few.

It uses EBSCO databases as well as all of the databases and library holdings available at the UMass Libraries. A search can produce results that include books, e-books, journal articles, and government documents in a single list.

Still accessible via a drop-down on the search box are Worldcat.org (the free online version), the Five College catalog, E-Journals, databases and Google Scholar.

During the summer, the Libraries will be making changes, such as editing search limiters, to best serve the research needs of the UMass community. The Libraries will conduct another study in the spring to see how well the tool is matching researchers’ needs.

The Libraries will be offering Discovery Search training in August, and reaching out to academic departments to assess their needs, Berry said.

For more information about Discovery Search, contact Berry at kgberry@umass.edu.