Research Guides

Searching the Catalog

The default catalog at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library 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. Consult this guide to learn how and when to search each catalog.

Searching the Catalog | Viewing Search Results and Placing Holds | Your Library Account

How to Search the Online Catalog

In the basic search field for Discovery Service, you may look for an item by keyword, author or title.  Use the link for “advanced search” for more options.

Law Books and Articles

Searches the Thurgood Marshall Law Library Catalog, HeinOnline, UM Carey Law's Digital Commons, and the Index to Legal Periodicals & Books (Current and Retrospective).

Law and Interdisciplinary Books and Articles

Searches the sources included in Law Books and Articles, the entire University System of Maryland Library Catalog and select interdisciplinary databases.

Search all of Discovery Service @ UM Carey Law

Searches all of the content above in addition to many additional databases.

Viewing Search Results and Placing Holds

The Discovery Service 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 the item. 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.

Your Library Account

Your library record contains information about books currently charged under your name, the status of holds you have requested and any fines that you may owe. To access your library account, you will need to sign in with your UMB ID and password from the Classic Catalog.  To borrow materials held at other University of Maryland system libraries on behalf of a Journal or Faculty member, please contact the User Services Desk.

If you have logged in, you must click the End Session link in the top navigation row to end the current session and clear your account information from the computer you are using.

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