Guest post by Patricia Baron
Many thanks to all who dropped by and joined us for the Stimson Tea yesterday! The event was a successful launch party for our new ‘one stop search tool’ Discover Supersearch with a great discussion, tea, cookies, strawberries, games, prizes, and button-making!
A large kiddie pool illustrated what Discover is and how it works. A great starting point for any research project, Discover encompasses various research databases and incorporates multiple search engines. The Library catalog search engine (including the five colleges), digital repositories, all EBSCO databases, JSTOR, and other subject-specific databases were shown as multiple buckets within the larger Discover pool. Due to restrictions, a few Mount Holyoke databases are not included in Discover such as ArtStor, Anthrosource and RILM.
The main event was a “Guess the Database” game where students attempted to determine databases based on the contents of multiple mystery buckets – using the main Discover display as a reference. Winners were drawn from the correct answers (the raffle prizes were beautiful mugs).
A Discover station allowed students to test out and discover Discover with librarians on hand to answer questions. Discover works best when using specific words and lots of specific criteria to narrow the search. It’s also a great place to go towards the end of your research collection/literature review to ensure you didn’t miss anything crucial!
It’s not over yet! Though it has been officially launched, Discover is still very much in a stage of development and improvement. The Discover display is now in the reference room of the library for you to explore. We ask students for any recommendations, name suggestions (mohoogle?) and comments. If you’re still curious and want to learn more, feel free to approach your friendly librarian or the Research Help Desk at anytime!
Photos by Kimberly Flit and Patricia Baron