What’s New in DiscoverEd – September 2017

The latest release of DiscoverEd includes some very useful new features and functionality.  Read on for full details…

1. New Filter for Special Collections Material

A new “Special Collections” filter has been added to the Show Only filters section.   Selecting this filter allows you to limit the results of your search to material held at the Centre for Resource Collections (CRC) and other special collections in the Main Library, the Library Annexe (our off-campus storage facility), New College Library, Moray House Library and ECA Library.

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2. Exclude/Include Multiple Filters

It is now possible to select multiple filters to include or exclude items from your search results:

To include a filter, hover on the filter name and click on the tick box which appears to the left.

To exclude a filter, hover over the filter name and click on the Exclude This.. icon which appears to the right.

You can exclude or include as many filters as you wish.   When you are finished making your selections, click on the APPLY FILTERS button to apply your selected filters to your search results.

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3. Sticky Filters

It is now possible to apply a set of filters to a search and make them “sticky” for the remainder of your DiscoverEd session.   For example, you may wish to make the “Full Text Online” Show Only filter and the “Books” Resource Type filter sticky.  This would result in subsequent searches being limited to electronic books.

To make filters sticky:

  1. Run an initial search in DiscoverEd and apply the filter(s) you wish.
  2. In the “Active filters” section, hover over the name of a filter you wish to make sticky.  A small opened padlock icon will appear.  Click on this icon and it will change to a closed padlock icon.  Repeat this process for each of the filters you want to make sticky.

If you want to remove sticky filters at any stage in your session, simply repeat the above process, this time changing the closed padlock icon back to the open padlock icon.

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4.  Sort items in My Favourites

It is now possible to sort the items you have stored in My Favourites by Date Added, Title and Author.

To use this functionality, simply go to your My Favourites and use the Sort by dropdown menu to apply the sort order you require.

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5. Support for RSS Feeds

DiscoverEd now allows you to harvest the results of a saved search in your chosen RSS reader application.

  1. Make sure you are signed in to DiscoverEd.
  2. Run a search and click on Save this search to My Favourites.
  3. Go to My Favourites and select the SAVED SEARCHES tab.
  4. Click on the RSS icon on the right hand side of the display.
  5. Follow your usual procedure for setting up an RSS feed in your browser or dedicated RSS reader application.

You can also create an RSS feed for any of the searches you have already saved in My Favourites by following steps 3-5 above.

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New Look and Feel for DiscoverEd!


On Tuesday 4th July 2017 the Library rolled out a new look and feel for DiscoverEd, our online discovery service. This means there’s a new improved mobile responsive interface, so you can use DiscoverEd easily on a range of devices including tablets and phones. It is also now easier to navigate.

The core functionality of DiscoverEd has not changed.  Users are still be able to search the same extensive range of resources, view online resources, access their account details, renew loans, place requests, pay fines and access the same range of functions offered by the previous version of DiscoverEd.

Search results are displayed as before, with options for refining them. However, the screen has greater readability across a range of devices, and easier access to useful functions:

What’s new?

Options for saving and exporting are now easily accessible from the list of search results:

The full details and links for each item on your results list are now conveniently displayed on a single page:

The My Account area has been enhanced and now provides a useful overview page, which allows you to review your account information at a glance:

e-Shelf has been replaced with My Favourites.  When you are signed in to DiscoverEd you can easily add items to your saved records list in My Favourites by clicking the Pin icon.

You can organise your list of saved records in My Favourites by adding descriptive labels:

The Queries section in the old DiscoverEd, which allowed you to save queries and set up alerts, has been replaced by the SAVED SEARCHES section in My Favourites.

IMPORTANT:  Please note that any saved queries you have in the old DiscoverEd ARE NOT be available in the new interface.  Instead you will need to run these searches again in the new interface and then save each of them as a saved search in My Favourites.

It’s all about the search box – how you can influence DiscoverEd

We are looking for your help to assist us in making decisions on the search options and text used in our new Discovery service DiscoverEd.

As part of the move to Discovered, two user groups have been set up to help with planning and implementation.

The Library Discovery Group is made up of staff from Library & Collections and User Services Division within Information Services while the Discovery User Group is made up of students and academic staff from around the University. Though two distinct groups, there is some crossover, and the two groups will feed into each other regarding training, communications, promotion and user testing.

At this early stage, we have been asking the groups to do some user testing by looking at other university libraries that also use the Discovery service Primo and comparing what they like or don’t like about certain aspects of those services.

We would like to invite you to take part in this exercise.

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We are pleased to announce that the winning name for the University of Edinburgh Library’s new discovery service is DiscoverEd.

The first person to enter this name was Andy Todd and he received a £50 National Book token from Stuart Lewis, Head of Research and Learning Services and Acting Director of Library and University Collections. Congratulations to Andy!

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Andy Todd (left) and Stuart Lewis (right)

We received over 200 entries to the competition and we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all who took the time to enter.

DiscoverEd is coming soon – watch this space!

Find more about the new Library Discovery service.

“What’s in a name?” competition now closed

Entries are now closed for the “What’s in a name?” competition to help the Library name the new Discovery service. Any entries received now will not be counted.

We’ve had a fantastic response to this competition and as of next week will start to go through the entries so a shortlist can be drawn up. This shortlist will be chosen by a panel made up of library staff, academic staff and students. The Director of Library & University Collections will decide on the winner and their decision will be final. The winner will be notified by email and will receive £50 worth of book tokens.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to enter the competition. Keep an eye on our Library Discovery blog to find out the winning name.

Discover the Library’s collections

Did you know that University of Edinburgh Library has?

  • 3.5 million books
  • 40,000+ e-journals
  • 360,000+ e-books

Incredible, isn’t it? What’s more did you know that you have access to it all for your study and research?

East_Asian_books_3rd_floorAt the moment, you can use the Library Catalogue and Searcher to help you find resources from the collections.

When it’s launched in the summer, the new Discovery service will help you find the resources you were looking for more easily and discover resources you didn’t even know existed!

Win £50 book token!

The Library is currently running a competition to name the new Discovery service. Open to all staff and students at University of Edinburgh the winner will receive £50 worth of book tokens.

To find out more about the competition and how to enter see:

What’s in a name? Help us decide.

What’s in a name? Help us decide.

This summer the Library will be launching an exciting new discovery service and we want you to help us choose a name for this!

This new “library search” will combine the functionality of the Library Catalogue and Searcher into one single search tool helping you to find all the resources you need from one search box. No more confusion!

The Library will be using Ex Libris’ Primo for the new discovery service but “Primo” is just the product name. We want you to help us come up with a name for the discovery service for our Library.

If your suggested name is chosen you will win £50 worth of book tokens.

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New Library Discovery Service

This summer the Library will be launching an exciting new Discovery Service.

This new “library search” will combine the functionality of the Library Catalogue and Searcher into one single search tool and help you quickly and easily search across many of our collections (both in print and online) for your research and studies.

Book shelving on the re-developed 4th floor of the Main Library, February 2012.

Why are we making this change?

The current Library system has been in place for 16 years! It was designed to deal primarily with print-collections, like books and print journals. Over 80 % of the library materials budget is now spent on online resources and the Library has an e-preference policy which means we buy electronic resources if available.

The Library needs to upgrade to a system with strong capabilities in resource discovery and management in order to give student and staff the best possible research experience and for the Library to be equipped for the future.

Library Catalogue? Searcher? E-journals list?.. Confused?
We’ve also been listening to feedback from you. We know many of you find it confusing to know what search tool you should be using to find resources in the Library. Library Catalogue? Searcher? E-journals list? How can you be confident you will find the material you require?

Having one search tool should stop this confusion and help you to easily discover the resources you need for your study and research.

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