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What is EBSCO Discovery Service?

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) is a research tool provided by the IU Kokomo Library. It is accessible from the search box on the library homepage, the "E" page of our Databases A-Z guide, and this direct link: EBSCO Discovery Service.

EDS searches across almost all of our library resources. Rather than searching IUCAT for books, Credo or Gale reference libraries for encyclopedias, and Academic Search Premier for peer-reviewed journal articles, you can conduct 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 resource for library research.

What does it do?

From a technical view, 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)
  • JSTOR
  • Credo Reference
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
  • ScienceDirect

By default, EDS search results are ranked by relevancy, but you may also sort by date. Results can be narrowed using the limiters on the left side of the results page.

How does EDS differ from other databases?

EDS is basically a "meta-database." Individual databases such as 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, and JSTOR provides scholarly articles for a variety of subjects – but what if you need a book? Or multimedia?

EDS 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! Additionally, catalog records are included in EDS, so you can search for books or A/V materials in EDS, just as you may search in IUCAT.

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

No. We encourage you to use EDS because we think it can be a powerful tool in the research process, 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. EDS is an addition to and alternate way to search our collection, but it is not a replacement for anything we already have.

Can I use EDS off campus?

IU Kokomo students, faculty, and staff may access EDS from off campus using their IU credentials. IU Kokomo visitors may obtain a Computer Guest Account to use the full version of EDS on campus. Visitors may also access a limited version of EDS off campus. See Research Resources for Library Visitors for additional details.

Last Updated: 22 June 2017

Last updated: 06/27/2017