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!

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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.

Specific searching and refining results

DiscoverEd is searching a huge range of resources, so when you perform a search you will normally expect to get a large number of search results.

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This is great as it can help you discover books, articles, reviews, etc., that you did not know existed on your topic and open up your research.

However, if you are unable to quickly find what you are looking for in the search results and need to refine these or if you want to do a more specific search so that you get less search results in the first place there are options available to you in DiscoverEd to do this. Continue reading

Exporting your results from DiscoverEd

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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