LIVIVO is an interdisciplinary discovery service for literature and information in the field of life sciences. It builds on relevant scientific information from the subject areas of medicine, health, nutrition, environmental and agricultural sciences. LIVIVO uses an index-based search engine featuring specially developed search technology. It looks for a search term in multiple sources simultaneously, searching through library catalogues, publisher directories and other key life science databases such as PubMed, AGRICOLA and AGRIS. Key features include automated linguistic enrichment and semantic linking of search terms using defined vocabulary specially tailored to the life science area.