Transcript of "Intro to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)"
EBSCO Discovery Service
LIB 107 Tutorial - Summer, 2015
Dr. Scott Lee
Information Competency Librarian
Antelope Valley College
What is EDS?
• EDS connects all of the Library’s electronic
resources into one interface.
• EDS allows you to search for books, eBooks,
articles, videos and more at the same time.
Notes on Using This PowerPoint
• I recommend that you look through this entire
presentation and then practice using EDS with
it as a guide.
• Reading Chapter 3 of your textbook will help
with using EDS and understanding some of the
language in this presentation.
• EDS is always adding new content and the
screen captures in the examples I show you
were made some months ago. Your search
result numbers may differ.
Where is EDS?
• EDS can be found on the Library’s homepage,
which is at this address:
The EDS Search Box
There are Three Tabs
• All Resources
– Allows you to search for any
and all resources available in
EDS. This tab includes what is
searched in the other two.
– Only searches for journal or
• Library Catalog
– This tab only searches the
AVC Library’s catalog for
books and eBooks.
The EDS Search Box
Below the Search Box
– This limits your search to only
full-text articles and resources.
Some resources only have
citations and abstracts, and this
will remove those from your
• Scholarly (Peer Reviewed)
– This limits your search to the
highest quality research
materials which are scholarly
journals. Some instructors
require you to only use
You can search the Title Field, the Author Field or conduct a
Keyword search, which would allow you to search all fields at once.
See Chapter 3 in your textbook for more information on field
Conducting a Search
• For this example, I will do a Keyword search in the All Resources
tab for information on information literacy. I will limit my search
to Full Text & Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
• After clicking the Search Button, I will be shown a screen with my
When you are accessing EDS from off of the AVC campus, you will see the screen
below after you click the Search button. I have provided the User ID and Password
in Blackboard in the Lecture Notes for this week.
If you’re on the AVC campus, you will not see this screen and will be taken directly
to the EDS Results Screen, which is on the next slide.
The Results Screen
• The Results Screen shows how many and what
types of resources have been found from your
• The Results Screen is separated into two
columns: The Search Results Column is on the
right and the Refine Results Column is on the
For each located resource, EDS provides a
citation (Title, Author, Date, Subject Terms) and
a link to the full-text. These two articles from
my results have PDF files for their full-text. PDF
files are for articles that appear in an electronic
version exactly as they would in their paper
versions. eBooks usually also use PDF files.
The icons left of the citations
identify what type of format the
resources are (academic journal,
book, eBook, video, etc.)
The Results Column
Clicking on the title of an article takes you to the full
citation and an abstract. An abstract is a brief description
of what is in the article.
Whenever you are in the full citation for any resource,
you can get back to your list of search results by clicking
The Refine Results Column
• As previously stated, the Refine Results
Column allows you to control your results
through the use of limiters.
• Limiters are options you use you reduce the
number of resources you find. With limiters,
you get results that are better suited to your
• I will only show you some of the available
limiters. Please explore the others on your
Limit By Year
• You can limit your results
to a specific range of
• You can either move the
slider bars or enter new
years in the boxes.
• By default, EDS selects all
years for which resources
are available. Yes, there
are resources from 1897 on
Limit By Year
• On the next slide, you will see that I have chosen to limit
my search from 2005 to 2015. This reduced my number of
results from around 456 thousand to around 312 thousand.
• As this is not a significant drop, it shows that most of the
research on information literacy (about 70%) occurred in
the last decade.
Date Limiter & Breadbox
Notice the box above the date
limiter labeled Current Search.
This is called the Breadbox. It
shows which limiters you have
in place. You can remove a
limiter at any time by clicking
the small blue/green box with
the white x next to that limiter.
Note: The section above the
Limiters section of the Current
Search box is called Expanders. It
allows you to search within the
text of articles and eBooks for
your search terms. This is set by
default and it is recommended
that you never remove it.
Date Limiter & Breadbox
• Right, you can see
that I removed the
limiter and the Full
• Above, you can see it
increased my results
to about 1.1 million.
• You can always re-
add and/or remove a
limiter when you
Resource Types Limiter
• Below the Date Limiter
is the Resource Types
• You can choose to limit
yourself to specific
types of information
• Click Show More to get
an expanded list of
options, as shown on
the next slide.
The numbers in parentheses show how
many results of that type of resource
Below, I chose to limit my Resource Types to eBooks, and Videos.
You can use the scroll bar on the right to see all of your options.
The next slide shows it reduced my results to 62 thousand.
The first three resources found are an two eBooks and an online video. Both
can be accessed through EDS by clicking the View/Download – Online Access
links. For the eBook, it is available in EDS, while the video is accessible from
another website, which the link takes you to.
Clicking on the video link, I have opened a second browser tab. To
get back to EDS, I can click the tab labeled Result List: Information
To continue demonstrating the use of limiters, I have removed the eBooks, and
Videos limiters. I have also re-applied the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
and Full Text limiters. (The Clear All link at the bottom of the left image would
remove all limiters at once, but it would also remove the Expander, so it is not
recommended you use it.)
Before the Change After the Change
• The last limiter we will
look at is the Subject
• To use it, click the arrow
next to the words Limit
by Subject (like the top
image) and it will expand
into a menu (like the
• Then click Show More
and the screen on the
next slide will appear.
• Each resource in EDS has a list of subject terms that are related to it (you saw an
example back on slide 16). EDS takes all of the subject terms that appear in the
thousands of resources and ranks them according to how many times they appear.
• Above are the most popular subject terms for my search. I can use this as a guide to
discover which concepts most apply to my search and find more relevant information.
I can also use it to narrow my search to more specific topics.
Looking at my options, I have decided to focus on resources related to
teaching, higher education and academic achievement within the broader
concept of information literacy. Therefore, I selected the subject terms
Using those Subject
Terms in this limiter
lowered my results
count to just over 16
Also, the subject terms I
selected show in my
Again, you can remove
any or all of subject
terms when you wish,
just like any other
As you can see, EDS is a powerful research and information discovery tool. Mastering it
will allow you to navigate a deep collection of information resources and find what will
best serve your academic needs. Like any skill, it requires training and experience to do it
properly. Use of EDS will be part of Exam #2, so you need to be comfortable using it to be
successful on that exam. It will also be necessary for Project #3.
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