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Discover@UMSL

How to find articles, books, and more using our new library search interface.

A Closer Look at Your Account Dashboard

To access your account from a search results page, click the My Library Account link in the dark gray bar near the top of the page.

My Library Account link near top of results page

Let’s take a closer look at your “My Folder” area. This is your account dashboard—the reason you are asked to log in when you run searches. 

 A   Your main My Folder area holds all of the items you save that you don’t place directly into a custom folder (see  E  below). The Articles section holds the records of any articles or print books you’ve saved (with the number of saved items in parentheses), and the eBooks section holds eBooks you’ve saved. The other categories will rarely contain items.

 B   The Loans section contains the records of any print books you’ve checked out, as well as eBooks you’ve downloaded for a specified loan period (usually 14–21 days). The Requests section is where you can track requests for any print books that UMSL or another UM System library owns. If you have been fined for an unreturned or damaged item, the amount will appear in the Fees section. For more on Loans and Requests, see the Accessing Your Library Accounts page and the Finding and Requesting Books page of this guide.

 C   Searches can be saved two different ways and will be stored in either the Persistent Links to Searches section or the Saved Searches section. For more information, switch to the Saving & Retrieving Searches tab near the top of this page. 

 D   If you plan to be researching a specific topic for more than a few weeks, you can set up alerts that will notify you when new citations are added that match your criteria. These can be managed in the Search Alerts and Journal Alerts sections. 

 E   The My Custom section will allow you to add folders for different courses or topics to better organize your research. See the Saving & Retrieving Items tab near the top of this page for more.

Side navigation in the My Folder area

Saving and Retrieving Items

Whenever you see search results that look even remotely promising, you should save them for future reference. The nice thing about Discover@UMSL is that—because you’re already logged in when you perform a search—any results you save will automatically be added to your personal account and saved indefinitely. You won’t lose them when you close your browser window, but you do have to actively save them.

You can save items into their default locations (as outlined in the bulleted list below) or into custom folders that you’ve created for specific courses, projects, or topics.

  • Articles is the default location of saved citations for any type of article or report as well as print books, maps, video recordings, and other file types.
  • eBooks is the default location of saved citations for eBooks.
  • The remaining categories (Images, Videos, Companies, Pages, and audioBooks) will rarely hold any citations you’ve chosen to save. 

 1   To save an item to its default location:

 A   Click the blue folder to the right of the item’s title. NOTE: If you’ve already added Custom folders (see procedures in  2  below), each time you click on a blue folder you’ll be asked to choose where to save the item—in the default folder or one of your custom folders.

Blue folder icon to save an item

 B   After clicking on it, the item’s folder will change to yellow to indicate the item has been saved.

Yellow folder icon indicating saved item

 2   If you are doing research for multiple classes or projects, it can be helpful to create custom folders:

 C   First, open your account in a new tab by right-clicking on the My Library Account link in the dark gray bar near the top of the page. 

Right click My Library Account to open in new tab

 D   Click the New link next to My Custom in the menu on the left side of the page. 

Custom folder options

 E   Give the new folder a short name (and a description, if needed) and click Save.

Assign a name to each Custom folder

 F   Once you’ve created a custom folder, you’ll have the option to copy or move items that are currently in your default folder (and vice versa). 

Copy or Move items from one folder to another

 G   If a custom folder exists, each time you click on a blue folder you’ll be asked to choose where to save the item—in the default My Folder or one of your custom folders.

Save an item into a custom folder

Saving and Retrieving Searches

Discover@UMSL will time out after about 30 minutes of inactivity, so it’s a good idea to save your searches before stepping away. Even though you log in before searching, you can still lose any work you haven’t saved! 

The following procedure was written for Discover@UMSL (which is an EBSCO product), but it should also work with any individual EBSCO database such as Academic Search Complete, ERIC, CINAHL, etc.

 1   How to save a search:

 A   Click the Search History link below the search box. This will toggle open an area between the search box and the list of results. NOTE: If this area is empty, click the yellow Search button again to force it to recognize your initial search.

 B   Decide which search you want to save by looking at:

  1. The Search ID# — the most recent search will be at the top of the list, by default
  2. The Search Terms you typed
  3. The Limiters, or filters, that were applied. Note: This list will NOT include any filters that appear below the date slider (e.g., the Academic Journals filter, language, or geography filters).
  4. The number of results, in parentheses

When you’ve decided which search to save, select it by clicking the checkbox to the left of the Search ID#.

 C   Click the Save Searches / Alerts link.

Using the Search History to save searches

 D   Name the search (you can copy and paste the Query from below) and a description (optional), then click Save. Next, you'll be taken to a screen that lists all the databases Discover@UMSL searched. Click Continue to be taken to the list of saved searches in your library account. To return to your search results, look for the Back link below your name, near the top left corner of the browser window.

Assign a name for the search you want to save

 2   To print your Search History or retrieve your saved searches:

 E   Click the Print Search History link to print. To retrieve your saved searches, you can either click the Retrieve Searches link here or the My Library Account link at the top of the page.

 3   To combine searches using your Search History:

 F   In the search box at the top of the page, click the X to clear it. (Don’t forget this step! See why in  H  below.)

 G   Click 2 or more checkboxes for the searches you want to combine.

 H   Combine the searches by clicking either Search with AND or Search with OR. This will create a new search in your history. In the image below, “S3 OR S4” means Search S3 and Search S4 were combined with OR; because we used OR, the number of results grew.

Note: If we had not first cleared the search box (step  F  above), the new search terms would be (health disparit* minority women) AND (S3 OR S4) and we would have the same number of results as S4 because of the AND operator. 

Print history, retrieve searches, combine searches