Q. What is the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)?
EDS provides fast, easy access to most of our library’s resources (primary sources, articles, books and e-books) through a single search box. Think of it as our library’s version of Google. It includes most of the electronic resources available through our subscriptions, as well as the print materials found at the Glass Memorial Library in Tennessee (but not Florida).
EDS offers the following features and benefits:
- Mobile-friendly interface
- Intuitive search and retrieval options, including source type and subject limiters, to help students isolate the most relevant results
- Research Starters (Topic Overviews) to provide students with background information they need to get started with research
- Rich multimedia content including maps, graphs, charts, images, audio recordings and videos
- Text-to-Speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
- Personal folders to facilitate saving and sharing of content
As with anything new, there are a few caveats…
- It does not search TREN, eLS, Statesman’s Yearbook, Polling the Nations, HeritageQuest, or ProQuest: Dissertations, Archives, Newspapers, Religion, Periodical Databases and Research Library.
- It does not search the Florida library catalog.
- If you want to use specialized tools like ATLA’s scripture index, you’ll need to search ATLA directly.
- The full text from partner databases may lack some features available on the other platform. For example, some articles from Gale databases may have photographs or other images on the Gale platform that are not available in the EDS interface.