Search options to help you find books, ebooks, ejournal articles and other materials you need for your study and research. Watch the video 'How to find a book'.
How to find ejournals and ejournal articles
Use the ejournal A-Z
Use the 'ejournal A-Z' on the DiscoverEd homepage to browse or search for ejournal titles. Browse volumes and issues to find ejournal articles.
You can also search for ejournal titles and articles using the Simple or Advanced Search options on DiscoverEd.
Use a combination of title and author keywords to find the ejournal article you require.
DiscoverEd’s single search box is doing a keyword search. DiscoverEd automatically uses AND between the keywords you use.
If you know what you’re looking for, use a combination of author and title keywords to find books, e-books and journal articles.
There is also an Advanced Search option where you can select and combine different search fields, such as title, author/creator, date, material type and shelfmark to create a more focused search.
Refine a search
Keyword searches using Discovery services encourage you to ‘discover’ new resources and materials. Some searches may return thousands of results.
To reduce the number of results to a manageable and relevant set, you can use the options (facets) on the left hand side of the screen.
There is a range of options to refine your search:
|Resource type||Limit your search to books, articles, reviews, dissertations, audio visual materials, scores, maps, conference proceedings, journals, technical reports etc|
|Library||Select a Library, for example: Main Library, New College, Moray House, ECA Library etc|
|Date||Enter a date range or use the slider|
|Author/Creator||Limit your results to those by a specific author or authors|
|Subject||Limit your results by subject(s)|
|Collection||Select to include/exclude certain databases from your results|
|Language||Select a language(s) English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese etc|
|Journal title||Select to include/exclude articles from certain journals from your results|
DiscoverEd supports Boolean searching using AND, OR and NOT and parentheses (nesting).
It also supports truncation using the symbol * For example, searching for nurs* will find nurse, nurses, nursed, nursing, but also nursery.
You can also use the wildcard symbol ? if you are unsure of a spelling or if there is a spelling variation For example, search organi?ation to find results including organisation and organization.
What if I can’t find what I’m looking for?
DiscoverEd searches most of the Library’s subscription content, but not all of it. Notable exceptions include law resources: HeinOnline, LexisLibrary and Westlaw and EBSCO databases.
A great deal of EBSCO content can be found using DiscoverEd as it is indexed by other online databases which are available via DiscoverEd. Try using DiscoverEd, but bear in mind that you may have to use the database A-Z list instead.
Library Resources Plus
When the University Library doesn't provide immediate access, consider using Library Resources Plus.
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