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Getting Started: Explore (New)

New Search Interface

New Explore

Try the new search now and send us your feedback.

We are currently developing a new version of the Explore search tool which we hope you will find much easier to use - especially if you are using a phone or a tablet to carry out your search.

You can still search all of the same content found in the classic version of Explore and access your library borrowing account.

The two search interfaces will run in parallel whilst we evaluate the new version, and we will notify you well in advance of any plans to retire the old version of the interface.


Changes in New Explore

You will be searching all of the same resources as the classic version of Explore, but we've made some changes to make the interface more accessible and easier to use:

  • The new version adapts to your screen size, making it much more easy to search using your phone or tablet
  • Single screen for each search result, reducing the number of clicks
  • On-screen text stripped back to the essentials for a cleaner view  














Helpful Hints

To help you get the most out of our new search, here are a few helpful hints to get you started:

  • Sign in to make the most of of your search, you'll get a more complete set of results.
  • Once you've signed in you will be able to save the results of a query or save the details of an individual item record to "Your Favourites"  - look for the pin! .
  • Use the filters on the left hand side of the screen to narrow down your search results.
  • The "Advanced Search" option allows you to set more specific parameters in your search.
  • The "Browse" option allows you to browse our collections by subject heading, author, title or shelfmark.
  • If you are looking for IOE books in our new search, please see this helpful guide on keyword and subject searching for items held in the IOE collections.
  • You can locate databases using search too - including the British Education Index and ERIC. Alternatively, you can still find an A-Z list on the UCL Database Page



Q. What am I searching?

A. You will be searching the full content of the current Explore service through the new search.


Q. I can't see some of the features I used to use for requesting an Inter Library Loan or completing a store request form - where can I find  them?

A. The menu on the top of the screen has a "Show More" button signified by three dots "..." - clicking this will open up a new screen providing a wide range of options including the ability to make an Inter Library Loan request, suggest a purchase or complete a store request form.


Q. How do I book a study room?

A. You can book a study room through the Library Services Website.


Q. Where can I get more help using this service?

A. During the development phase, please try consulting the Help available on the current Explore service or return to the classic Explore interface.



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