Yewno Discover

Yewno Discover

Yewno Discover is an exciting discovery and learning tool that augments library databases and keyword searching. Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence Yewno allows users to browse for information and ideas through a visual map called a Knowledge Map, suggesting other related concepts. Drawing on a wide range of interdisciplinary and academic resources, users can then review, build upon, and refine their search by making unexpected and innovative connections between related concepts. Some of these connections are obvious, others may be novel, which encourages both exploration and fun & game of discovery.

Users will also be able to access a sub-collection of the peer-reviewed, full-text articles that Yewno has integrated from the library’s vast online collection of resources. Furthermore, Yewno offers full-text “free to read” government and open access documents. These include reports, proceedings, and articles. Many are in the field of health, science, government, and social science.

Please note: Yewno is compatible with all major Internet browsers except Internet Explorer.


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Want to learn more about Yewno Discover? Check out the guide below or review the related FAQs.

Using Yewno Discover

Knowledge Map

1. Search for a Concept

  • Enter a concept, e.g. democracy into the Yewno search bar.
  • Review the list of related concepts and their definitions, and choose the best one for your topic.

2. Create a Knowledge Map

  • Click on your chosen concept definition.
  • A Knowledge Map will form in the adjacent space.
  • Hover your cursor over a concept node to highlight connections between related concepts.

3. Add and Connect Concepts

  • Click on a concept node.
  • Select “Expand Concept” to view more connections.

  • Alternatively, return to the Search menu by clicking the “Magnifying glass” icon.
  • Then search for and select another concept to add it to the map and view connections with your existing concepts.

4. Locate Full-Text Articles and Information Sources

  • Click on a concept node, or the line between concepts that shows a relationship.
  • Select the “Documents” tab to display a list of related sources.
  • Click on the document title to access the full-text document available through the Santa Clara County Library District.

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Other Functions


  • Use the “Notes” symbol to add notes to your searches.
  • To save your notes, sign into Yewno (Sign in with your Google or Facebook account).

Favorite Knowledge Map

Your research might generate a number of Knowledge Maps. You can capture snapshot images of your favorite maps to help keep track of your research. Click the “Camera” icon on the upper right-hand side of your screen. The graph snapshot will then be saved in your “Research journey” and can be exported from there.

Favorite Documents

If your research has provided you with documents that you want to save, you can “favorite” them as well. Click the “Star” icon next to the document title. When the star icon is highlighted, you will have added the document details as a “Favorite Document” to your “Research Journey.”

Slider Bar

Click and drag the bar to vertically expand your Knowledge Map. This will increase the number of concepts that are displayed. Initially the Knowledge Map will present you with those concepts that are most semantically matched to your searched concept. Expanding the slider bar vertically will add further concepts that are also semantically linked.

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Research Journey Tool

The “Journey” tool allows you to save, view and export your work. Searches, concepts, and connections are automatically saved in the “Research Journey Tool”. Any Knowledge Maps or Documents you have added as Favorites will also be saved.

Click the “Journey footprints” to easily view and export your search history.

You can choose to export everything or just a selection. Choose from Google Docs, RIS, or CSV formats. You can also remove items from your Journey, just click the “Trash” icon next to your research items.

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