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Library for Online Programmes

Planned Changes to Library Platforms

Library System Changes for 2022/23 (Library for Online Programmes) 

Library systems will be changing this Autumn to improve our services, this will result in a unified Library interface rather than rely on older separate platforms. This new system will provide much better integration for Library physical and online resources.

Our new search platform for print and online resources will be available from Aug 23rd 2022, you are advised to familiarise yourself with the new platform from this time. We will be phasing out the DISCOVER platform, which will be retired from the Library for Online Programmes in Spring 2023.

The Library will be experiencing some changes from August 23rd 2022, if you use personalised features in DISCOVER, loan physical items using the Library Catalogue or use other personalised Catalogue features, please see instructions at the link below for archiving any personal data.

For further details, instructions for archiving legacy data and a timetable for changes, please see

Search DISCOVER by title, Journal name, keyword, peer reviewed status, ISBN etc.:

DISCOVER Search all E-Resources  Advanced Search
Search by Title: Search by title of work - Note for book chapters please supply the book's general title. View Journal Title: See the Table of Contents/index of all issues for a journal. Unrestricted items Only: Items in collections with Digital Rights Management limiting downloading or printing will not be shown. Peer Review Only: Only Peer Reviewed E-Journal articles will be shown i.e. journals assessed by experts before publication. ISBN: Look up an E-Book by ISBN. Search by Author: eg Jones, A. J. or Jones, John Direct Downloads Only: Your results will only show direct links to Full Text items (in PDF). You should de-select this option for a fuller search of our resources.Direct Downloads

Google Scholar can search licensed and Open Access resources, Note - the Library does not operate Scholar and cannot guarantee levels of service:

      For Scholar problems see guide below.

Google Scholar problems (when using the Library for Online Programmes)

Google Scholar is an external search engine which is not managed at UoL. The Library is unable to guarantee the functionality of external search engines such as Scholar. The Library recommends use of our licensed search platforms such as DISCOVER and other licensed databases/collections as the primary option for access to E-Resources.

Scholar may experience heavy load/usage, if this happens you may experience difficulties connecting to Scholar or see ‘captcha’ boxes when using Scholar. If you are having these kind of difficulties using Scholar, see the advice below –

Option 1 – use the link to Scholar shown in the Library’s A-Z list of databases or go direct to this link, this will show an “Is it @ Liverpool” link, however if you click the actual search result/title, these will not be authenticated via UoL and will not function unless the article is open access.

Option 2 – you can simply visit (the normal/public URL for Scholar) and set up “Is it @ Liverpool” links manually by configuring your profile in Scholar.

Note – to save the following options between browsing sessions, log into a Google account to save your preferences.

Open a new browser and visit Scholar at:

You will need to configure Scholar to use UoL links, click the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of Scholar:

Access the menu in Scholar

Select Settings, you will be presented with the following screen, then click Library links in the left menu. Type ‘University of Liverpool’ in the box shown, press the search icon, then ensure ‘University of Liverpool – is it @ Liverpool?’ is checked/ticked and click ‘Save’:

If you logged in with a Google account your preferences will be saved so you don’t have to do this next time you go to

Note – when you search Scholar via the search box shown on the Library for Online Programmes homepage you are able to follow links by clicking the title of results, however, when you use the above option to access Scholar you will typically need to click ‘Is it @ Liverpool’ links shown to the right side of results to access licensed/commercial content:

Note the Library recommends use of licensed databases such as DISCOVER provided via the Library for Online Programmes homepage

Please contact your Librarian if you have further questions.

See individual links to major databases, allowing you to search across many licensed sources:

You can browse all databases or select a database below:

See Webinars and Support for:

  • Library support via chat/Skype/Tel and bookable sessions (Skype/Teams) on using the Library, your literature search, referencing or referencing software with the online Librarian.
  • KnowHow for online study skills, writing and statistics tutorials, bookable sessions/ stats clinics, also pre-recorded webinars and videos.
  • Training and guides provided by specialist databases/ providers.
  • Direct enquiries/ analyst advice from databases (e.g. MarketLine business analytics).
  • LinkedIn Learning (educational video and certified modules on a range of technical, IT, research and other topics)

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