Retrieving references saved in Searcher

Do you still have saved references in Searcher that you would like to access?

The Library launched the new discovery service, DiscoverEd, on 30th June, which replaced both the Library Catalogue and Searcher. As a result, Searcher is no longer supported by the Library and our current contract will expire soon.

During the week beginning 3rd August the Library will move any folders saved on Searcher. After this move, you will be able to access your folder via any of the other EBSCOhost databases using your Searcher account user name and password.

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*Be aware that when we move the references, some references may not migrate and you may no longer have full text access to some content* Continue reading

Exporting your results from DiscoverEd

You can export results from DiscoverEd to reference management software, including EndNote Web and EndNote.

–> Access DiscoverEd

In DiscoverEd you can export single search results (references) at a time or you can export multiple search results (references) at one time.

Single result

You can export a single search result via the Actions menu that appears on every item record in DiscoverEd. Continue reading

Facing the facets in DiscoverEd

The options on the left-hand menu next to your search results in DiscoverEd are called facets and these allow you to refine (or expand) your results.

–> Search DiscoverEd

The facets provide you with a number of ways of refining your search results to reduce the number. However, the first option you are given actually allows you to expand your search results to include items that are not within the Library’s collections. Just tick the box to expand your results, though this will mean you will find items that the Library does not have access to.


Show Only

The Show only options allow you to choose to show only certain types of items in your results list. You can choose either just to see items from Peer-reviewed Journals, only items that the Library has Full Text access to or only Physical items i.e. print items held in the Library’s collections. Continue reading

e-Shelf: Saving your search results

The e-Shelf is an area where you can save search results so you can refer back to them later.

–> Access DiscoverEd

You must be signed into DiscoverEd to save results. Although the e-Shelf option is available when not signed in the items will not be saved.

FAQ: How do I access my Library Account (sign in)?

There are three different ways of saving search results to your e-Shelf:

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Finding journal articles on DiscoverEd

If searching for a known item in DiscoverEd e.g. journal article, book, etc., use a combination of title and author keywords.

–> Search DiscoverEd

When searching for a journal article use keywords from the article title not the journal title.

For example, if you were looking for this journal article:

Beyes, T. (2010) ‘Uncontained: The art and politics of reconfiguring urban space’, Culture and Organization, 16 (3), pp. 229-246.

You could do a search using the author’s name, Beyes, and keywords from the article title e.g. “uncontained”, “art” and “politics”. DiscoverEd will look for items that include all the keywords in the item record.


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Finding and access e-journals in DiscoverEd

You can search for journal titles or browse the “ejournals A-Z” to find and access e-journals in DiscoverEd.

–> Search DiscoverEd

Previously our e-journals A-Z list was separate to the Library Catalogue and Searcher. Now this is fully integrated into DiscoverEd, so you have two ways of finding e-journals in DiscoverEd.

If searching for a specific journal (either e-journal or print journal) then just type the journal title into the search box on DiscoverEd or the DiscoverEd search box on the Library website.


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The blessing of discovery

One of our colleagues recently rediscovered this fantastic invitation card for the launch of the Library’s first online library catalogue. It dates back to 1985.

The invitation card for the launch of EULOGIA, 1985

The invitation card for the launch of EULOGIA, 1985

The system was named ‘EULOGIA’ (‘Edinburgh University On-line for General Information Access’).

‘Eulogia’ comes from the Greek for ‘blessing’ – and it most certainly was for both users and staff, as a beginning for the move away from card catalogues. Many of our colleagues, who were here at the time, recall this as a revolutionary moment and had great fondness for the system.

Of course, we are feeling blessed again 30 years on at the launch of our new system, ‘DiscoverEd’, which is available now.

Laura Shanahan
Head of Collections Development and Access

With thanks to Richard Battersby, Head of Library Academic Support, for sharing this little piece of history.