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What is EBSCO Discovery Service?

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 homepage, the "E" page of our Databases A-Z guide, or the direct link here.

We've provided a few basic Q&As below to provide context on this resource, but please don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian if you have other questions. We also welcome any feedback you have on this product.

What is it?

EDS is a resource discovery tool that aggregates almost all of our library resources. That is, rather than searching IUCAT for books, Credo or Gale reference libraries for encyclopedias, and Academic Search Premier for peer-reviewed journal articles, you can do one search in EDS and receive results for all types of materials. 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.

What does it do?

Technically-speaking, EDS provides a centralized index for most of our library resources. Although this is an EBSCO product, your search results will also include non-EBSCO resources.

Here are a few of our library resources that EDS also searches by default:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • IUCAT (Library catalog)
  • Credo Reference
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
  • ScienceDirect

In addition to searching a large percentage of our resources with one shot, EDS quickly returns your results and ranks them according to relevancy. Overall, it's fast and powerful, and we think it will help you find resources for your research and assignments more efficiently and easily.

How do I search?

Searching in EDS is simple. All you 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.

How is it different from other databases I've used?

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 simultaneously searches almost ALL of these different types of databases. So if you don't yet know what types of resources you need, or you just want to cast as wide of a net as possible, try 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.

I can't figure out how to do something I could do before. Help?

EDS is a slightly different approach to research, so we understand that it may not be obvious how to do things with this tool versus others to which you may 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 continuously occur over time. If you identify a functionality that is currently missing or could be improved, contact 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.

Is EDS going to replace the subject-specific databases I already know and like?

No. We encourage you to use EDS because we think it can be a powerful tool in your research processes. We want you to use it for your projects, but we are not planning to cancel any subject-specific databases simply because we 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.

Can I use EDS off campus?

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, when prompted, log in with your IU Kokomo username and passphrase in order to authenticate as one of our valid 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 from off campus and the full version on campus, through a Computer Guest Account (PDF). Learn more about EDS Guest Access on our Public Access and Research Resources page.

Last Updated: 3 March 2017

Last updated: 03/03/2017