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Columbiana Campus Libraries: Discovery@Kent State

This guide will introduce you to the library's services and resources.

Discovery @ Kent State

Discovery is a tool that searches all the full-text resources owned by KentLINK and OhioLINK.  One search will retrieve journal articles, eBooks, books, videos, and much more.  Think of it as "Google for the Library."

Discovery Results

1.  Begin with a Research Starter which is usually an article from a reputable encyclopedia

2.  Results of the search include books, ebooks, journal articles, dissertations, videos, and more.

3.  On the right are news articles, images, and videos from the web that are related to the topic.

4.  Over half a million results were retrieved!  Lessen this number by using the limiters.


  • If only a book is needed, try KentLINK or OhioLINK catalogs instead.  Sometimes going directly to the source, especially if a specific format is needed, is easier than Discovery
  • There are defaults in Discovery that may need changed.  Here's an example: The default is full-text only so that means that the MLA Bilbliography, an important source for English, will not be searched.
  • Learn to use the limiters in the left panel to narrow down the results.