Discovery searches journal articles + the Library’s collection of books, e-books, media, and more
Catalogue searches the Library’s collections of books, e-books, journals, media, maps, and more
Select a database to find articles, data, reports, videos and more.
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Using the Discovery option simultaneously searches McMaster's library catalogue and the contents of several subscription and open access databases. Discovery is not a comprehensive search of everything available through McMaster libraries and may contain results for items not owned by McMaster. You may need to search other resources such as the Catalogue or RACER/ILL to find all relevant material on your topic. For more extensive information, a Guide to Discovery is available.
The Library Catalogue option searches all owned items such as books, journals, films/streaming video, equipment, databases of articles etc., at a number of McMaster libraries. Library Catalogue results should all be available at McMaster libraries in some format (print, online, microform, etc.). Article titles can’t be searched using the Catalogue only search. When using the Catalogue-only search, search using the journal's title or by topic and use the journal's search or navigation to find your article. Using the Catalogue : Find Books or other materials by Title or Topic
Using the Databases tab gives access to online searchable collections of research materials purchased by the McMaster University Library. These usually contain articles but may also contain data, images, patents, videos or other relevant materials. You can choose to Search or Select by field of study. Field of study results include Best Bets. Best Bets are librarian recommended databases for particular fields of research subject areas. The Database Browse link (located under the main search box) allows for selecting a database by the type of information a database carries or by User Type as well as an A-Z browse. Selecting A Database video.
E-Journal tab is best used when you are looking for a specific e-Journal. Used to find online full-text journals, magazines and newspapers. NOTE: If a particular publication is not listed here, try searching our Library Catalogue by Journal Title as it may be found in the libraries in another format.
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Not currently enrolled or working at Mac? We have borrowing options for you, too.
When McMaster Library doesn't have the book, article, or other item you need, you can borrow it from another library through a process we call Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
We use a system called RACER to borrow from other libraries. You sign up for RACER using your barcode on your ID card.
Books will be delivered to Mills Library, and articles are sent to your email.
You can also borrow in person from outside libraries.
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