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Discovering Collection Sample Searches

Discovering Collection is a comprehensive database that can be used to retrieve in-depth reference content for the core curriculum areas of literature, history, biography, science and social studies.

Search 1:

A student using Discovering Collection needs to find information on global warming for a class assignment.

Solution:

  1. Open Discovering Collection and choose Basic Search from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. From the Basic Search page, type in Global Warming in the search box and choose Subject as your search type.
  3. Click on the Search button.
  4. Results retrieved include a wealth of reference and multimedia content.  The subject guide on the left shows related subject terms that can be used to narrow the topic.

Search 2:

A student wants to find comprehensive information on Edgar Allan Poe to include in a literature project.

Solution:

  1. Open Discovering Collection and choose Basic Search from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. Choose Poe, Edgar Allan from the popular topics picklist.
  3. Results retrieved include narrative biographies, critical essays, plot summaries, and study questions, as well as the text of a number of Poe’s poems. The text of the poems appear in the Creative Works tab and are accompanied by notes to help promote understanding.

Search 3:

A student needs to incorporate primary sources on the Civil Rights movement into a class project.

Solution:

  1. Open Discovering Collection and choose Basic Search from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. Type in Civil Rights in the search box and choose Subject as your search type.
  3. Check Primary Works as a content type.
  4. Click the Search button.
  5. Results retrieved include a wealth of primary documents, including legislation, presidential documents, speeches, memoirs, and more.

Search 4:

A teacher needs to find basic information on genetic engineering for a science lesson.

Solution:

  1. Open Discovering Collection and choose Basic Search from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. Type in Genetic Engineering in the search box and choose Subject as your search type.
  3. Check Basic as a content level.
  4. Click the Search button.
  5. Results retrieved include a wealth of information from such sources as UXL Encyclopedia of Science and UXL Biographies, sources specifically written to be accessible to younger students and provide easy-to-understand information to all readers

Search 5:

A student needs to incorporate photographs and illustrations into a class project on Native Americans.

Solution:

  1. Open Discovering Collection and choose Basic Search from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. Type in Native Americans in the search box and choose Subject as your search type.
  3. Check Multimedia as a content type.
  4. Click the Search button.
  5. Results retrieved include more than 250 images on Native Americans. Students can get additional images by clicking on the Google image search button (configurable) from the Multimedia tab.

Search 6:

The students in a literature class have been told to find information on an author of their choice; they have been instructed to locate various types of content, including a biography, critical essays, and an overview of the author’s work.

Solution:

  1. Open Discovering Collection and select Topic Trees from the search modes bar at the top of the page.
  2. Click on the Literature button and then click on Authors.
  3. Browse the extensive list of widely studied authors and choose an author of your choice (for example, Maya Angelou) to retrieve creative works, overviews of works, biographies, plot summaries, and literary criticism and book reviews.

Search 7:

A teacher needs to find content correlated to the national social studies curriculum standards, particularly in the area of U.S. westward expansion.

Solution:

  1. Open Discovering Collection and choose Curriculum Standards from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. Click on Curriculum Standards for Social Studies under the National Standards heading on the Curriculum Standards Browse page.
  3. Choose Curriculum Standards for Social Studies—High School.
  4. Click on U.S. History, and then Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861).
  5. Find documents on such subjects as Native Americans, territorial expansion, American westward expansion, and more.