How to find a book in DiscoverEd

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

–> Search DiscoverEd

For example, if you were looking for this book:

Carter, S., Kelly, F. and Brailsford, I. (2012) Structuring your research thesis. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.

You could do a search using the keywords “carter”, “structuring” and “research”. DiscoverEd will look for items that include all the keywords in the item record.

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You could add more keywords into the search, such as the other author names or the word “thesis” from the title. Or you could use the Advanced Search option to perform your search.

Your search results

Click on Find it in Library to find out number of copies, location, shelfmark and availability of book.


If there is a View Online link you can click on this to get access to the e-book. For some items we will have both the print (physical) copy and the e-book.

If it says Multiple versions found, this usually means that more than one edition of the book is available at the Library. Click on the title or the View … versions tab at right-hand side to see all editions.


The Virtual Browse link allows you to do a virtual shelf browse of other books the Library holds around the shelfmark of your item. Click on a book cover to get more information.


We’ve got a handy short video that shows you how to search for a book in DiscoverEd. Why not have a look?
How to find a book in DiscoverEd.

Too many results?

If you are getting a large set of search results and the book you are looking for is not immediately obvious in the search results list you can:

  • Add more keywords e.g. other author names or other keywords from title.
  • Use the options (facets) on the left-hand menu next to your search results list to refine your search. There are a number of options you can choose including by resource type, library site, publication date, subject area, etc.
  • Use the Advanced Search option to perform your search instead.

Here are just some of our DiscoverEd FAQs that can help you refine your results:

What does Advanced Search do?
Can I search for print books only?
Can I search for e-books only?
Can I search for items in a particular library site?
How do I find an Artist’s Book at ECA Library?
What does “Available in Library” mean?

Want more help using DiscoverEd? Try the FAQs.

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