New Discovery now live – update your bookmarks

The new, improved version of Discovery is now live, giving easy access to many of Heriot-Watt’s online resources.  New features include:


  • easy exporting to EndNote online
  • sign in and then “pin” useful articles to save them for later
  • searchable on mobiles and tablets

If you’re still seeing the old “green” Discovery, please visit and update your bookmarks to the new improved “blue” version.

Please send any feedback or questions about Discovery to

New Discovery coming soon …

We’ll be moving to a new version of Discovery on Sunday 9th/Monday 10th July.

Improvements include:discovery_logo_2017

  • Single click export to EndNote Online.
  • Improved searching on mobile phones and tablets.
  • Straightforward method for storing favourites – just sign in and “pin” the items you want to keep.
  • Easier access to your search history and saved searches.

You’ll still be able to access the same content in Discovery, including all our library catalogues, over 70,000 full text eBooks, and over 50 million full text journal articles.

Discovery – keeping your saved searches, search alerts and folders

If you have saved searches, search alerts or items in your Discovery folder you need to take action now to save these, before the move to the new version of Discovery .  The old version of Discovery will not be accessible after 30th June 2016 and saved searches, alerts and folders will be lost, so we recommend that you download these before 29th June.

To do this, go to Discovery and sign in to your My EBSCOhost account:

  1. download any items you have saved in your folder
  2. take a note of any search alerts or saved searches, so that you can recreate these in the new version of Discovery.

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This only affects the personalised searches and folders you may have saved in Discovery.  Library resources and journal articles will continue to be available after 30th June and most people will not need to do anything.

Please contact if you have any questions about this.

EndNote “Cite While You Write” for Mac Word 2016

The EndNote “Cite While You Write” tool is now available for Macs with Office 2016.

If you have your own MacBook with Office 2016 you can download Cite While You Write from EndNote Online.  Go to Options – Download Installers to get the installation file.  (EndNote desktop users: the latest version of Cite While You Write will be installed when you next update EndNote X7.)

Users of older versions of Mac Word or Windows do not need to update their toolbar – this update is only required by users of Mac Word 2016 who were previously unable to install Cite While You Write.

EndNote is a tool that will help you keep track of your reading and simplifies citing and referencing.  More information is available in the EndNote Online workbook [pdf] and Information Services offer Power Hours on using EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop.



Problems searching Discovery – “Application Level Exception”

UPDATE: Initially all reports of this error were from Chrome users.  However, we have now seen it in Firefox.  The post below has been updated to reflect this, and to include new advice.

A few staff and students are having difficulties searching Discovery.  The message “Application Level Exception” is displayed instead of the search results

Temporarily switching to a different web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) seems to let you complete your searches.  Alternatively, clearing the cache and cookies from your web browser and then opening a new window should clear the error.  The keyboard shortcuts to clear the cache and cookies are Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete (Mac).

We’ve reported this to the company that supplies Discovery and have asked them to investigate.

Geofacets and Knovel trials

Heriot-Watt currently has trials of two new resources, Knovel and Geofacets.

Knovel is an applied engineering resource, giving fully searchable online access to hundreds of eBooks and technical information about materials and properties.  (It is different to the Knovel eBooks provided by professional bodies such as IChemE.)

Geofacets is a maps database, which can be searched with geographic and keyword searches.  It is primarily aimed at geoscientists and petroleum engineers, but may be useful to staff and students from other disciplines.

These resources will be available until mid-March. Please send any feedback to your Subject Librarian.

Edinburgh campus staff/research postgraduates
The suppliers of Knovel and Geofacets will be at Edinburgh campus on Wednesday 25th February to give short demonstrations of Knovel and Geofacets, and to answer any questions you have about these products. Please sign up for these sessions via the links below:

New Engineering Disasters Resource

Heriot-Watt staff and students now have access to Engineering Case Studies Online, which will be useful for students and staff studying all types of engineering.

Screenshot of Engineering Case Studies Online, showing coverage of the Ford Pinto controversy These case studies focus on the causes of engineering failures, and give a short summary of the incident, alongside original documents, eyewitness accounts, inquiry reports and TV documentaries.

Many well-known engineering disasters are covered, including:

Piper Alpha

Windscale Fire

Space Shuttle Challenger

Big Dig Ceiling Collapse

If you have any questions about using Engineering Case Studies Online, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Full text in SciFinder


SciFinder’s “full text” link is now called “other sources”.

If you’re a SciFinder user you may have noticed a recent change to SciFinder’s “full text” links.  We’ve changed the set up of this feature to make it easier to check Heriot-Watt’s subscriptions.

To check for full text in SciFinder:

  1. On the SciFinder results page, click on the “full text” link immediately below the article’s title.
  2. On the next page, click on the link for “Your In-house Library”.

This “in-house library” link will check the Heriot-Watt subscriptions, and tell you if an article is available online.  It should give more accurate information compared to previous the “HTML” and “PDF” options, so you should use this new link to check for full text access.

SciFinder is an index to scientific literature about chemistry, chemical engineering, and biochemistry.  It also provides chemical property and reaction information.  If you have any questions about using SciFinder, please contact Kirsty Thomson.

Online access to Nature journals

Heriot-Watt staff and students now have electronic access to Nature journals. Nature publishes some of the world’s leading scientific journals, including Nature, Nature Communications and Nature Chemistry. Our new online subscriptions are:

Nature – 1997 (Volume 385) onwards
Nature Chemistry – 2009 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Communications – 2010 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Materials – 2002 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Nanotechnology – 2006 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Photonics – 2007 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Physics – 2005 (Vol. 1) onwards

We’re also arranging online access to Nature Methods – this will be added to the journals list when it becomes available.

These online journals are available on and off campus. If you are asked to login, use your Heriot-Watt username and password (the username and password that you use for Vision).

Petroleum engineering books now available

Over two thousand additional books about petroleum engineering are now available from the Edinburgh campus library.

Petroleum engineering books previously housed at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering have been moved into the library.  Most of these books are standard loans (borrowable for up to sixteen weeks) and can be used by staff or students studying any subject.

The books cover a range of topics linked to petroleum engineering, including:
• drilling
• geology
• geophysics
• offshore safety
• reservoir engineering

You can find the petroleum engineering books on the top floor of the library, close to the computers.