Get, make recommendations with My Discoveries

Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009, 9:19 am

Whether you're looking for a new favorite or you want to share one you've just found, My Discoveries can help!

With My Discoveries, you can access ratings and reviews of library items from community members like you! When you search the catalog, you can find top-rated items and find out what others think about books, movies and CDs, just as you might on other popular Web sites.

Example of My Discoveries rating and reviewIf an item has been rated or reviewed or appears on a public list, you will now see the star rating and a link to reviews and/or lists right on the catalog search results screen! If an item has tags, you will see those on the item detail screen.

You can also refine your search by tags and ratings— on the search results screen, in the Refine Pane on the left side of the screen, look for new categories called "Community Tags" and "Community Ratings." With these new categories, you can check out all the top-rated items or see all the books tagged "made into movie."

Screenshot of My Discoveries link and account registration windowTo add your own ratings, reviews or tags, or to make your own lists, you will need to sign up for a My Discoveries account. Go to and click on the "My Discoveries" link in the upper right portion of the screen. On the log in screen, look for the "register" link. Choose a username, set your password, enter your e-mail address and you're ready to go!

The Library is taking part, too! Now you can see all the lists created by the Library to find the books from our Research guides and Recommendations right in the catalog!

For information about setting up a My Discoveries account and adding ratings, reviews, tags and lists, download and print out a My Discoveries instruction sheet (PDF) with everything you need to know to get started.

For more help with My Discoveries, just Ask us! You can talk to library staff in person, by telephone, instant message or email!

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