Search results

When you perform a search you will be taken to the search results display. This provides a list of the records returned by your search, gives a brief view of each record, and supplies a list of libraries which hold copies at the right of each brief record. Where there are many libraries that have a copy of a document only the first 7 are shown, use the option at the end of the library list to see the rest of the holding libraries eg. ' Show 14 more...'. You can then close the list using the option to eg. ' Show 14 fewer...'.

You can see how many records have been returned by your search in the breadcrumb above the search box, and in the text at the top of the results list itself. By default, Discover displays 25 records per page. Scroll through the pages in your results set using the navigation arrows at the top and bottom of the list.

For a more concise view of the records you can select the icon to the left of the number of records found. If you choose this view it will be remembered the next time you do a search. To revert to the fuller result view select the icon again.

You can sort your results using the dropdown menu at the top of the results list. Choose an option and then use the 'Sort' button to update the display.

The coloured rectangular label at the bottom left of each brief record indicates the document type and may appear alongside other information about the document:

Open Access electronic resources are indicated using the OA Open Access lock icon. This means the record should include a link to a freely available copy of the document online. View the full record details to see links to online copies. Some links will take you via a university web site and require a login, so look for a link direct to the document.

The UKRR icon indicates materials that are being retained by a library as part of the UK Research Reserve which aims to ensure the preservation of the UK printed journals, forming a distributed collection held across many UK libraries.

The document type is shown by both the text and the label's colour. The colour coding is as follows:

Purple - books and theses

Pink - journals and periodicals

Red - music scores

Orange - images and visual materials

Teal - audio materials

Green - maps

The text and icon next to the document type label indicate the document format. The format icons include:

      printed resource







Open Access, UKRR, and format icons also appear next to the holding libraries' names, giving summary information about a library's copy of the document without navigating to the holdings screen itself. Icons currently appear in this way for the formats printed resource and e-resource. An icon is included for each format that the library holds. Note: the variability of the data can sometimes make it challenging to correctly identify all the formats held by a library. The Holdings display should provide confirmation, but in some cases you may need to contact the library concerned directly.

Click on a title in the results list to view the full, consolidated record. Click on any of the library names at the right of the brief record to see the holdings information and the full, original record from that library.