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Discovery tools such as Primo, EBSCO Discovery Service, Summon, and WorldCat Local aim to make scholarly research more intuitive for students in part because of their single interface for searching across multiple platforms, including the library, fee-based databases, and unique digital collections. Discovery tools are in sync with the way many undergraduates look for information because they offer a more “Google-like” experience in contrast with previous methods of research that required first knowing which database to use, then searching each one differently according to its specifications. However, broad searches across multiple formats with different systems of controlled vocabulary force instructors to rethink the way they teach students to find information. This article will establish best practices to assist librarians in developing instructional classes for students to conduct research using a discovery tool.


Digital natives; Discovery tools; Information literacy; Information storage and retrieval systems; Instruction; Libraries; Library orientation; Library research; Teaching methods


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Information Literacy | Library and Information Science

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