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Discover for Franchise Students: Welcome


What is Discover?

Discover is your academic search engine, where you can find high quality information to support your studies and research. 

How do I search Discover?

We recommend using 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 quick access points to Discover throughout the library website and the Library tab in My Beckett. 

You can use these, or the basic search screen in Discover, to start your search. Type in a keyword such as an article title, author, or basic subject term.

Advanced search

This option will allow you to

  • input more specific details such as author and title
  • build more complex keyword searches
  • limit your search to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals, or specific image types such as maps and photographs


How will my search result be displayed?

Discover will only display results for resources held on the Library Catalogue or any available online through the databases and journals we subscribe to.

If you want to include abstracts of articles to which we don’t have full access, untick the Full Text (including printed resources) option on the left hand side of the results screen. 

If you see or  towards the bottom of the search result, you can click through to the article.

If you see , clicking this link takes you to an intermediate screen. Click on the Find this article in full text link to access the article. Please note: you may experience problems if you try to open more than one article at once, with the Check for Full Text through Leeds Beckett link. Please contact us if you need any help. 

Discover will also show records from the Library Catalogue. The catalogue is not updated in real time on Discover, so we recommend:

  • clicking the link to the Catalogue
  • checking the Catalogue itself for specific item queries  

I need to refine my search results.

There are lots of options for refining your results on the left hand side of the screen, including Publication Date and Publication Type.

I want to save my search results for the future.

You can save search results to either a permanent or a temporary folder. To save a search permanently, you must have an EBSCOHost account. 

To create an EBSCOHost account, click on the Save my Results link in the top right hand corner of the screen. Then, click on the link to Create a new account.

Once you have an EBSCOHost account, to save results permanently:

  • ensure you are logged into your EBSCOHost account
  • click on the title of the result you want to save
  • click the Add to folder icon, under the Tools section on the right hand side of the page

Can I access any book titles that appear in my search results?

Discover search results include links to both print and electronic book titles. Print book titles look like this:












Unfortunately it isn't possible for you to access print titles. However, you may be able to find an alternative ebook title. Ebook titles look like this and will have the words electronic resource in their title.







You can limit to eBooks in Discover. Look down the menu on the left hand side of the screen and locate Publication Type. Click the Show More option:

All Publication Types are listed. Select eBooks, then click the Update button:

How can I ensure my use of material is legal?

Use of these Services and Material is subject to the terms and conditions of the individual Licence Agreements signed by Leeds Beckett University.

Material in our subscription databases is protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. By accessing the Services and Material you accept the Licence terms and conditions and agree that you are bound by them

More details about these Agreements.