EBSCO Discovery Service - or EDS, for short - is a next generation research tool provided by the IU Kokomo Library. It is accessible from the library home page, from the "E" page of our Databases A-Z guide, or by clicking the direct link here.
EDS is a resource discovery tool that aggregates almost all of our library resources. That is, rather than searching IUCAT for books, Credo Reference for encyclopedias, and Academic Search Premier for peer-reviewed journal articles, you can do one search in EDS and receive results of all types. EDS searches journal and magazine articles, books and e-books, government documents, streaming videos, and more.
Whenever possible, HTML and PDF full text resources will be listed right on the results page. You might think of EDS as your one-stop source for library research.
Technically-speaking, EDS provides a centralized index for most of our library resources. Although this is an EBSCO product, your search results will include resources from outside of EBSCO.
Here are just a few of our library resources that EDS also searches by default:
In addition to searching a large percentage of our resources with one shot, EDS returns your results quickly and ranks them according to relevancy. Overall, it's fast, it's powerful, and we think it will help you find resources for your research and assignments more efficiently and easily.
Searching in EDS is simple. All you have to do is enter the keywords for your topic within the search box. Once you've entered a search query, you'll receive a set of results relevant to your keywords. You can then use the limiters on the left side of the results page to narrow down or refine your results.
EDS is basically a "super-database." Individual databases like CINAHL and JSTOR house their own content. These databases tend to be either subject- or type-specific. For example, CINAHL covers materials mostly relating to nursing and medicine. JSTOR provides scholarly articles for a variety of subjects, but what if you need a book? Or multimedia?
EDS is different because it searches almost ALL of these different types of databases. So if you don't know what types of resources you need yet or you just want to cast as wide of a net as possible, look to EDS. Moreover, all of our catalog records are included in EDS, so you can even search for books or A/V materials in EDS the way you may be accustomed to looking for such materials in IUCAT.
We know EDS is a different approach to research - it is for us, too! - and it may not be obvious how to do things with this tool versus others to which you have grown accustomed. We invite you to explore this resource, though, and Ask a Librarian for help at any point in your research process.
Please also know that, despite how powerful it already is, EDS continues to be a work in progress. As with most Web search products, changes and enhancements will come over time. If you identify a functionality that is currently missing or could be improved, e-mail us, and we'll be sure to pass your feature requests along to EBSCO. Chances are, the features you think would be helpful would benefit others, as well.
No. We encourage you to use EDS, and we think it can be a powerful tool in your research processes. We want you to use it as much as possible, and give us lots of feedback along the way, but we are not planning to cancel any subject-specific databases simply because we now also have EDS. In fact, part of the reason EDS is so powerful is because of our subscriptions to other products. Think of this as an addition to and alternate way to search our collection, not as a replacement for anything we already have.
If you are looking for subject-specific materials, and especially if you'd like to use a database's subject thesaurus, you may find it easier to search an individual database instead of searching EDS. Choose specific databases from our Databases A-Z or Databases by Subject guides.
If you are an IU Kokomo student or faculty/staff member, yes. To do so, enter your keywords into the search box as you would from on-campus and then log in to the proxy server with your IU Kokomo username and passphrase when you are prompted. This process authenticates you as one of our authorized users. After logging in, your search results should appear on the next screen, ready for your review.
IU Kokomo visitors may also use a limited version of EDS. Learn more about EDS Guest Access on our Public Access and Research Resources page.
Last Updated: 26 August 2013