Discovery, the new library search system

June 11 / 63

Next week, the University Library will move to the new search tool Discovery.

It replaces SuperSearch, the primary search tool which has served the research needs of staff and students for five years. 

Discovery will offer searchers an easy, powerful way of accessing content from a single search box, because it will have a unified, customised index of the University’s information resources.

Searchers will be able to enter their query and refine their search until Discovery lists the most relevant results. Results will be drawn from the library catalogue, digital repository and beyond. 

University Librarian Philip Kent said this was a major upgrade of the library’s search systems.

“Our customers have complained about the clunkiness of SuperSearch for some time. Discovery is a newer and friendlier service,” he said.

Direct access to specific databases and online journals will continue to be supported through index lists, which are commonly used in SuperSearch.

Discovery offers tools to manage Full-text PDFs, which can be accessed directly from most search results.

An improved inter-library loan service will also be added later in the year, for ordering material which is not available online yet.

Project Manager Ruth Baxter said Discovery would reduce clicks to full text, allowing staff and students access to content far more quickly.

“Focus group participants told us they used a diverse range of search tools, and many researchers and students prefer to choose their own. 

“We found we could offer the most value by giving users fast, seamless access to full text content - something we’re confident we can achieve through the Discovery service,” she said.

SuperSearch will remain available until the end of 2011. 

Staff and students can trial Discovery at


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