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Discovering Discover: Research Starters

Overview of what Discover is, when, why, and how to use it.

Research Starters

Research Starters is a feature in Discover that provides links to citable, authoritative summary articles for thousands of popular topics. Designed to assist users with their research, this feature was developed based on extensive studies with undergraduate and graduate students.

When a user conducts a search in Discover, a Research Starter may appear at the top of the Result List.  For those topics identified as most popular, Research Starters will retrieve relevant articles that link the user to related information and detailed bibliographies.

Research Starters content is curated from a variety of high quality sources, both proprietary and encyclopedic, including:

  • Salem Press
  • Encyclopædia Britannica
  • American National Biography 

View a 2:23 minute tutorial video about Research Starters.