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About the Catalogs at the Library

The default catalog is "Discovery Service at UM Carey Law," a one-stop method of providing access to a wide variety of library resources including books, eBooks, eJournals, EBSCOhost and other databases all in one Google-like search box.  Discovery Service compliments other catalogs and research databases, including WorldCat, which allows you to search the collections of libraries worldwide, and the Law Library's Classic Catalog. All of these catalogs provide access to the holdings the Thurgood Marshall Law Library as well as that of the various libraries within the University System of Maryland.  Records in the catalog provide a full description of each item, along with its subject headings, call numbers, library locations, and circulation status. The Catalog also contains current periodical receipt records and indicates which materials are on order for the library.

Use these links to learn how and when to search each catalog:
Discovery Service           World Cat           Classic Catalog            Boolean Search Tips              Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

In the basic search field for Discovery Service, you may look for an item by keyword, author or title. 

As you can see from the picture below, Discovery Service looks for your search terms in books, book reviews, articles, Digital Commons, and more. The results screen will provide more helpful categories to narrow down and refine your results list, so that you will be able to find the best resources for your topic. You may use the links on the left to narrow the content type, or narrow by date. The links on the right allow you to narrow the databases to search. 


When you click on the link for an item, Discovery Service will provide up-to-date information on where to find it. If the link is to an article or an eBook, Discovery Service will provide to you the full text when available. If the item is unavailable, you can quickly place a hold on it (if it is a book) or order the material from another library using the links on the left of the screen. The links on the right of the screen allow you to save search results or send them to another researcher.


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