Information is only useful if it can be found. Search and discovery tools help users do just that, and must be increasingly sophisticated to connect users to sought after resources in an ever-deepening pool.

Search and discovery tools differ from database management tools such as Inmagic DB/TextWorks. Database management systems do often include search interfaces, but also features for building the database, populating it with information, reporting, exporting, and other data-specific features. A discovery interface is designed and optimized just for searching and resource discovery and sharing, providing features such as:

  • fast, relevancy-based keyword search results;
  • spelling corrections and did-you-mean suggestions of alternate terms;
  • links to related resources;
  • faceted browsing to easily narrow down results; and
  • tools for saving and sharing searches and records.

Recommended Products

Andornot often works with the following applications in particular, recommending each for specific situations.

Andornot Discovery Interface

Andornot Discovery Interface

We recommend the Andornot Discovery Interface for a discovery interface for libraries, archives, museums and other collections.



We recommend VuFind for library discovery interfaces.

Related Projects

Read more about some of Andornot's discovery interface projects in these blog posts:

New Catalogue Search for Vancouver Island Health Authority Library

Société historique de Saint-Boniface Upgrades Archives Search Interface

Bulkley Valley Museum Collection Now Online

Ottawa Jewish Archives Collections Now Searchable Through

Heritage Burnaby Website Wins Heritage BC Award

Nova Scotia Health Authority Launches Provincial Hospitals Library Catalogue

New Search Options for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Library and Archives

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Migrates to VuFind Discovery Interface

Updated search interface for the Interior Health Library Catalog

Upgrades to the Libraries of the BC Children's and Women's Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency

New search interface for Interior Health - policy and procedure documents, guidelines and protocols

Burnaby Art Gallery Online Collections Now Include Public Art

Northern Health Library Services Launches VuFind Discovery Interface

More Special Libraries Choose Discovery Interfaces

Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Now Offering a Single Search Across Multiple Data Sources

BC Teachers' Federation Launches TeachBC Resource Sharing Site

Revs Institute Launches VuFind Catalog of Automotive History

Thunder Bay and Simcoe Muskoka Health Units Launch Shared Library Catalogue

Collections of the United Farmers Historical Society now online

New website for the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre

A VuFind Index of Alaska North Slope Gas Resources

Canadian Conservation Institute Launches Andornot Discovery Interface

Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Launches Enhanced Search and Mobile Interface

Designing the Fraser Health Patient Education Resources System

Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Geological Survey Catalogues Now Online

AnDI–A New Discovery Interface from Andornot

Solr and the Trend to Open Source Search

Discovery Interfaces: A New OPAC For Libraries