Answered By: Woodruff Library Reference
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2019     Views: 655

Use discoverE to search holdings/collections in the Emory Libraries. To search the holdings of other libraries, use WorldCat.

  1. Enter a keyword that describes your topic. When you search the catalog, it is best to keep your search simple to find a book that is relevant. Use quotation marks around phrases: "body image"; "multilingual literacy"; sustainability; "Spanish civil war"
    • Search results can be sorted by Relevance, Date, or Popularity
    • Use the options on the left side of the results page to limit your search results by topic, author, library, language, date, etc.
  2. Click on a relevant title and look at the "subjects" field in the record. Subjects describe what a book is about. Click on a subject heading to find more books that have been tagged with the same heading.

Click on the subjects in the book record to find more books with that subject listing.


  1. Write down call numbers of relevant books to find them in the book stacks.
    1. Write down the full numbers because several call numbers start the same way.
    2. When you get to your book on the shelf, browse the section for more relevant books.
    3. Your catalog search could lead to more than one call number section.

If the book is available at more than one library, the Physical Resource tab in the book record will display all the libraries and call numbers

Thanks go to the Portland State University Library for sharing their Library DIY idea with us!

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