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. Continue reading

From Voyager to DiscoverEd

A week ago, our last ever catalogue record was added to our Voyager Library Management System by Nina, our cataloguing team supervisor.

When we checked back, we discovered (no pun intended) that Nina was in fact the first current member of staff to create a new record in Voyager back in 1999!

Here she is adding ‘Shackleton’s Journey’, by William Grill, last Friday…

Nina cataloguing for the last time in Voyager

Nina cataloguing for the last time in Voyager

We also realised that Linda, one of our current cataloguers, completed the first catalogue record edit, and our new Director, Jeremy Upton, recorded the first purchase in Voyager.

Watch this space to see our firsts in the new system (‘DiscoverEd’) in a few weeks time!

Laura Shanahan
Head of Collections Development & Access

Overdue Book Amnesty: 19-30th June 2015

Do you have overdue books on your record? Putting off returning them because you are worried about fines?

This year the Library is having an overdue book amnesty which will run from tomorrow, Friday19th June, until Tuesday 30th June 2015.

Still from 1968 film on the Main Library.

Still from 1968 film on the Main Library.

From 19th June to 30th June, any outstanding overdue books that are returned to the Library Helpdesks will not incur an overdue charge.

You must return the overdue books to staff at the Library Helpdesks, do not return these books via the self-returns machines.

The overdue book amnesty runs from 19th to 30th June 2015 only, any overdue items returned after these dates will not be covered by the amnesty and you will be required to pay any overdue fines accrued.

For more information or if you have any queries on this please contact IS.Helpline@ed.ac.uk or speak to staff at a Library Helpdesk.