Discovery, a new interface for National Archives & DocumentsOnline

May 5th, 2012

The National Archives at Kew has released a new interface called Discovery that enables users to access both its catalogue and the DocumentsOnline service simultaneously.  Integrating the catalogue – containing c. 11 million descriptions of records from central government, courts of law and other UK national bodies – with DocumentsOnline, the Archives’ digitized document delivery service, results in a much improved experience for the user.  It is now possible to search the Archives’ collections and download digital copies of records, if available, all in one place.

Searching and browsing the collections is also enhanced with the new Discovery interface, including :-

- ability to select how many results are displayed after a search

- display of results in order of relevance to a search

- tagging of records to expand on catalogue descriptions

- filtering of search results by subject, date range and collection

For a full overview of the changes and improvements to the interface see the FAQs on Discovery at :-

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/discovery-faqs.htm

The National Archives will be keeping the catalogue and DocumentsOnline running separately alongside the new Discovery interface.  The catalogue will cease to be offered separately after the end of June 2012 as its functionality will be superseded by Discovery.  DocumentsOnline will also be switched-off in due course.

A link to the Discovery interface has been added to the eresources@cambridge A-Z gateway at:-

http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/eresources/fulllist.php?search_term=D

The link on the eresources@cambridge A-Z gateway is for on and off campus users:-

http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI

The link for on campus users only is:-

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI

The link to DocumentsOnline (cross-referred in the eresources@cambridge A-Z to National Archives DocumentsOnline) will be maintained alongside the link to the Discovery interface until DocumentsOnline is no longer supported as a separate service by the National Archives.

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