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DELCAT Discovery

DELCAT Discovery is the main gateway to the University of Delaware Library's print and electronic collections.  It also indexes the collections of libraries around the world.  DELCAT Discovery aims to connect you to as much potentially relevant content as possible, in all formats including books, journals, articles, DVDs and films, microforms, and so on.  

Use DELCAT Discovery when you want to know if the UD library has a particular item such as a book, a film, or a journal. Because DELCAT Discovery is also connected to the library's Interlibrary Loan service, it can be used to identify and seamlessly request items that the library does not have in its collection. 

You can use DELCAT Discovery to search through a vast collection of journal, magazine, and news articles from selected databases, and can use the advanced search function to choose which databases to combine in a single search.  DELCAT Discovery also provides links, when possible, to the full content of many articles, making it easy to find and connect to relevant sources.

DELCAT Discovery provides access to your library account.  Once logged in to your library account, you can extend the loan period of items that you have borrowed by renewing them.  You can also view any charges such as fines to your account from this page.

DELCAT Discovery can also be used to find an item that has been placed on reserve for your class. You can search by course number (e.g. Engl 110) instructor name, or browse a list of all courses to locate your specific course and all the items that have been set aside for that course.

DELCAT Discovery is a great tool if you would like to get a sense of what is available on a topic by exploring library collections around the world, or by searching multiple databases at once. For those wishing to get a sense of a topic for the first time, or for those conducting exhaustive research, DELCAT Discovery provides a particularly valuable starting point.

Because DELCAT Discovery is meant to expose the researcher to the widest possible pool of potentially relevant materials, occasionally it can be difficult to locate specific items, such as a particular edition of a work, or an item with a common title.  If you are a seasoned researcher used to traditional library catalogs, shifting to a discovery system such as DELCAT Discovery can present some challenges.  See the search tips section of this guide for ways to quickly master this resource.

Not all of the databases that the library subscribes to are indexed in DELCAT Discovery, meaning that you won't find all the articles and journals that the library subscribes to contained in this resource.  Additionally, rare books and manuscript items held by the UD Library are not are not fully cataloged in this resource.  Use the Databases and Research Guides for links for more resources, and to connect to more precise, subject-specific search tools.  You can also contact the special collections department to learn more about the unique, local collections that exist at the UD Library, which may not be fully represented in DELCAT Discovery.  

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A Multifaceted Discovery Resource

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Video Tutorials: Search Strategies

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Quick Search Tips

You can search DELCAT Discovery simply, as one might use a search engine online.  However, there are some tools that you can use if this approach is not working for you:

  1. Use quotation marks to isolate specific names or phrases that you are seeking.  ("Abraham Lincoln" will only return results in which those two terms appear together, rather than Lincoln, Nebraska or Abraham Heschel).
  2. Try using search connectors to structure your search in a more precise manner.  The word AND (capitalized) can be used to combine search terms (ex: Domestic violence AND women); the word OR (capitalized) can be used to search for synonyms or closely related terms (ex: adolescent OR teenager).
  3. To search for a specific author, add the command AU: to the begining of your search (ex: AU: Charles Dickens) 
  4. To search for keywords found in the subject field, add SU: to the beginning of your search (ex: SU: Delaware History)
  5. To search for an exact title, add TI= to the beginning of your search.  See the Searching for Known Items tutorial for more information on title searching.
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