What is EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)?
EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) is an online research tool that “pulls together” almost all of our Library resources so that they can be explored using a single search box. In other words, rather than searching the Library Catalog for books and a database such as Academic Search Complete for journal articles, you can do an EDS search and get results which include books, e-books, journal articles, and government documents in one list. In fact, you could think of EDS as the Library’s version of Google.
It works like this . . .
Technically-speaking, EDS provides an integrated index for most of our Library resources. Although it is an EBSCO product, your search results will also include non-EBSCO resources such as:
• the Library Catalog
Not only does it search most of our resources with one search box, EDS returns your results quickly and ranks them according to relevancy. It’s powerful and should be of help finding resources for your research. Just keep in mind that, like Google, it may return a large number of results and you will need to use judgment when assessing their value.
I still want to use other individual databases . . .
You can continue to search individual databases like CINAHL, MLA, or JSTOR as you have done in the past. Please be aware that many databases tend to be subject specific. For example, CINAHL generally covers materials related to nursing and medicine while MLA covers subjects pertaining to literature.
EDS provides a type of “super database” approach by searching almost ALL of these subject databases. So, if you are not sure of what specific databases you need or you just want to “cast a wide net,” try EDS. Individual databases can still be accessed using the A-Z List link on the Library homepage and you can be assured that we are not planning to cancel any of our current subject-specific databases. These are the resources that EDS uses in the search process, so we will be keeping these subscriptions as long as our budget allows us to do so. You can think of EDS as an additional resource tool in our collection, not as a replacement for anything.
To use EDS, log in to your library portal, type in your search keywords in the search box and click SEARCH:
EDS search link will appear in the Results Summary at the left column:
Clicking on the link will bring you to EDS search interface:
I’m having trouble using EDS . . .
Well, it’s a new tool for you and for us! So, it may not be obvious how to do some of the things you have grown accustomed doing with the other databases. Therefore, you are encouraged to explore this resource along with us and give us feedback on your success and frustration with it.
Please note, too, that EDS is still a work in progress. Expect to see product enhancements over the coming months. If you identify a functionality that is currently missing or could be improved, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send your concerns to the folks at EBSCO.