How do I search Discover (Basic / Advanced)?

You can use keyword searches in Discover to search for information on a topic. You can do basic and more advanced searches depending on the type of resources you wish to find.

Basic search

You will see Discover search boxes throughout the Library website including your subject guides and there is a link to Discover in MyBeckett. 

  • All Resources will be searched by default.
  • The other search boxes will limit your searches to Articles and Journals or Print books and eBooks

Discover search box

You can use these, or the basic search screen in Discover, to start your search.  Type in a keyword such as a basic subject term, an article title, or author. When you click on Search or Discover you will then see a list of results that match your keyword.

For more information about how your results are displayed see our FAQ "How will my Discover search results be displayed?".

For more information on how to refine and edit your searches see our FAQ "How do I refine my Discover search results?".

Advanced search

This option will allow you to:

  • input more specific details such as author and title in the same search
  • build more complex keyword searches e.g. using keywords and author
  • limit your search to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals, or specific format types such as books, eBooks images or maps

Change the Search Index as appropriate, eg keyword, author, title, see our FAQ "Which search indexes are best to use in Advanced Search?"

To modify your search terms in 'Advanced Search', we recommend clicking 'back', (normally an arrow) within your browser.  You should then be able to easily edit the original search terms.



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