Searching for digital resources

DISCOVER is your simplest gateway to the library's collection of digital resources. Find out more about how to use it. DISCOVER searches journal articles from (the vast majority of) the collections the university has access to, as well as our books and ebooks.

However, if you have a particular book or database in mind it can be quicker to use the Library catalogue. Everything in the Library catalogue is also in DISCOVER, (except for exam papers), but DISCOVER contains a lot more, and can sometimes overwhelm you with results.

You can search the catalogue for digital resources in a variety of ways:

  • Use the Quick Search tab if you know the name of the resource you want (a database, an ejournal or an ebook)
  • Use the Advanced search to search for edissertations
  • Use the Digital Library tab and use the drop down menus for the different types of resources

Once you've found the resource you want to use look there could be two or more access options:

Multiple links to ScienceDirect on the catalogue

These use different behind-the-scenes stuff to log you in to the resource, but don't worry, both use your usual UoB username and password. Find out more about UK Access Management Federation

If you find a link that doesn't work, please let us know at

If you are struggling with how to search effectively, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian

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