Discover Full Text Linking

Connect to Discover University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Full Text

Users see small Discover buttons or links in a wide variety of online resources licensed or managed by the Library. The button usually looks like this:  Discover Full Text Linking


Discover provides direct links from a database citation to the full text of the article (if available) and/or other supporting resources.  Discover is based on the OpenURL linking standard and Ex Libris’ ALMA software.

When is this service available

The Discover public interface is normally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Priority level for this service

Maintaining the Discover public interface is a critical priority for Library IT. We make every effort to resolve problems with this service as quickly as possible.

Problems with individual databases and other specific information resources listed in the Discover Public Interface are dealt with during normal business hours by the Library’s Electronic Resources Support.

How to report a problem

If the Discover public interface is down or not responding to search requests, please log a ticket with the IT Help Desk or call the Help Desk at 244-4688. Incoming tickets and calls are reviewed and prioritized as they arrive between 8:30-5:00, Monday through Friday.

If it is outside normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday) and you believe there is a widespread outage, please call 244-4688 and leave a message with the Library IT Help Desk answering service (aka the AITS Service Desk).  In an emergency situation the answering service will contact Library IT on-call support staff promptly.

If the Discover public interface is running but you cannot connect to specific individual information resources, email the Library’s Electronic Resources Support to report the problem or use the feedback links provided within the Primo interface.

Who can use this service

The Discover service is publicly accessible to users worldwide. However, in order to obtain the full text the users need to be currently affiliated with the university.


You can find documentation for Discover on our Main Library website.

What you must have to use this service

To use the Discover service you must have a computer with an internet connection and a recent web browser with JavaScript enabled.

Service managers

The primary Service Manager is Wendy Shelburne in the Acquisitions and Cataloging Services.

Staff in Acquisitions and Cataloging Services are responsible for managing Discover data records and troubleshooting user access problems.

Dependencies on other services

Date created

September 16, 2008

Date revised

November 18, 2020