DISCOVER is your single search solution that allows you to search most of our electronic resources and the catalogue simultaneously and tells you if library books are on loan. (Some databases are not included for reasons outside our control - here is a list.)


'How to use DISCOVER' video

DISCOVER is based on the EBSCOhost interface so if you've used any of the EBSCO databases it will look familiar and can be searched in the same way.  Results can be saved to your personal My EBSCOhost folder, and your saved Preferences will apply. 

Once you've run a search, you will get lots of options on the left-hand side to help you narrow down your results, e.g. by date, subject or type of resource. By default we have limited your results to things that you will be able to access (Available in library collection), but if you want to see what else is out there you can de-select this option. Options on the right-hand side let you link out to other databases that aren't part of DISCOVER to run your search there.

For help with with using DISCOVER please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian. You can also follow our updates on the Digital Library Blog.

Androids and iPads

If you are having trouble using DISCOVER on your tablet, you may find this helpsheet useful. If you are using an Android device search with Chrome, not the 'browser', or use Safari on an iOS device.

Off campus

If you use DISCOVER off-campus, you may need to authenticate that you are a UoB student with what is known as your Shibboleth username and password.  This is set to match your BREO, network and Student Gmail login.

Detailed demonstration: Part 1 (of 2)

Part 2

Although DISCOVER includes lots of databases, it does not include all of the databases we subscribe to.  To find out what other databases may be useful to search, go to the Databases not in DISCOVER page.