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eLibrary and Discovery search

EBSCO Discovery is an online search platform. It provides a Google like search that allows users to search and access eBooks, electronic articles, reports and other online resources and to search the library print catalogue all in one place.

Click here to access eLibrary

What are you searching when you click on the 'Search' button on the main page? 

Search box

Our eLibrary on EBSCO Discovery includes electronic resources as well as the catalogue of our print resources. When you click on the search option in Discovery, you are searching  simultaneously in different collections and databases including:

  • eBooks available to download or read online
  • Full content of dozens of eJournals
  • Subscription databases including the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Center
  • CII library print catalogue
  • Third-party databases such as OAIst or EThOS (the British Library's catalogue of online theses)
  • Catalogue of print resources

In order to recognise the different types of resources retrieved when you search on Discovery, read our guide on how to recognise different resources

Most of the resources in Discovery are accessible online and it possible to borrow eBooks to read on your PC or tablet. It may be possible to borrow print books or you can request a copy of a book chapter or print article which we can email to you. Please click here for information on book loans and how to request a copy of a book chapter or journal article.

Relevant articles and books can be manually included on your CPD record.

The user guides below contain tips and techniques on searching Discovery and accessing eResources. 

User guides

Please see below for user guides to assist with searching for and downloading content.

Please note: Users may download or print limited copies of citations; abstracts, full text or portions thereof in Discovery's licensed material in the course of research, product development and related activity in the normal course of business provided the information is used for personal use only and not for commercial use i.e. Users shall not use the Discovery's licensed materials for the purposes of direct or indirect financial reward by means of sale, resale, loan, transfer, hire or other form of exploitation of the Discovery's licensed material, all of which are strictly prohibited. 

What cannot be retrieved using the Discovery search?

The following materials are not in the eLibrary:

  • CII lectures
  • CII news items
  • CII technical articles 
  • The Journal and Personal Finance Professional magazines

To search for these items, please use the main website search.

If you require any further assistance, please contact Knowledge Services via email at