iDiscover, the new University discovery service, is here, and it’s got a couple of really cool features, like pinning to lists, exporting citations, and filtering by including or excluding items. But wait! What about Heritage? How is iDiscover going to affect my college library’s catalogue? Why are you adding to my list of new things to learn!?
Rest easy Homertonians, because Homerton College Library’s online catalogue, Heritage, is just as it’s always been (http://heritage.homerton.cam.ac.uk/). If you have any questions or comments about Heritage, please come in and see a librarian during staff hours or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
iDiscover is an upgrade from LibrarySearch and LibrarySearch+, which you may have been using previously. Instead of having to use two different search sites, you now just need to use the one. Makes things a bit easier, we think.
It handles catalogues for the University Library, and faculty and departmental libraries such as the Education Faculty Library or Squire Law Library.
*If you’re searching for books or electronic journals, be sure to first login to iDiscover. This way you’ll be able to save your favorite citations using the Pin option as well as access e-resources quickly.*
Searching for books:
When searching for a book, you can search by subject, author, or title. It’s important to remember to spell your search correctly, as iDiscover doesn’t auto-correct, though it does provide a suggestion drop feed, like Google.
- You can start filtering your search right away by selecting ‘Homerton College’ in the right hand drop down feed by the search bar.
2. You can also use filters to the right to narrow down your search results.
3. If you want to expand the search results again, you can either click the X by an active filter or ‘reset filters’ to start back with the original search results.
Once you’ve selected a title to look at, there are a lot of features you can use:
- You can ‘Pin’ the citation to a list you’ve made. The lists are very helpful to keep track of which materials you are reading for which topic.
- ‘Citation’ lets you copy and paste the correct citation into your bibliography.
- ‘Permalink’ gives you the web link for this record.
- ‘Print’ gives you an option to print out a quick summary of the citation, including subject headings and locations.
- ‘Email’ lets you email the citation to yourself, a friend, your tutor, whomever! The email will come from Primo, not you, so be sure to add a note if you are sending citations to someone other than yourself. The email has the same information as the print out.
- ‘Check request options’ allows you to check if you can reserve the book. This is a tricky option, as nearly all libraries have a different policy about how they allow readers to request books. Best policy: contact the library you want to borrow from to ask about their reserving policy if anything seems unclear.
If you have any questions about a record found on iDiscover or Heritage, please email or come talk to us.
Searching for e-journals:
By using the filters ‘Full Text Online’ and ‘Articles’, you are able to see only the type of material you want.
You can then continue to narrow the results using the Subject filter by including or excluding filters, as needed.
Just like with a book entry, you can use the same icons to copy, print, or email the citation. You can also ‘pin’ the article to a list for later viewing.
- As this is an e-resource, you will see it says ‘View Online’. Here is where already being logged into iDiscover really comes in handy, as it should go straight to the article. Otherwise, a box will come up to have you log in using your Raven ID.
- Click on ‘Link to Online Resource’ to view the article online in a new tab.
- To the right hand side of the screen (not shown), you can see suggestions for other related readings. As you are already logged in, once you click on a title, you’ll go direct to a new screen and a new article. Very handy!
And that’s iDiscover in a nutshell! It’s worth having a wander around, see how iDiscover can best work for you. If you have further questions or would like a mini tutorial, please come and see a librarian at Homerton College Library. We’d be happy to help!