Answered By: Ask a Librarian
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2020    

Discover is the Library’s one-stop searching platform. It is a discovery service which acts like "Library Google", and it pulls information from most of the Library's full-text databases (including e-book databases) as well as the Library Catalogue (OPAC, which is used to find print books, e-books and print journals). Therefore, when you search Discover, you search across many different sources.


Library databases are sets of digital records that hold different types of information, e.g., full texts, statistics, citation information, etc. Different from Discover, each database has its own subject scope and coverage, and may offer different searching options and functions. XJTLU Library has subscribed to many academic databases from renowned publishers/vendors. They are available in our Databases A-Z list, together with a few open access databases.


Check the tables below for the detailed differences between Discover and library databases.