EBSCO Discovery Service
LIB 107 Tutorial - Spring, 2017
Dr. Scott Lee
Information Literacy 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 also
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
may differ from your search results.
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 the 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 Learning Materials 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 taking up most of the screen and the Refine
Results Column is on the left.
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 to reduce the
number of resources found. Using limiters,
gets 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 2007 to 2017. This reduced my number of
results from around 520 thousand to around 360 thousand.
• This shows that most of the research on information
literacy (about 67%) 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
• On the right, you can
see that I removed
the Scholarly (Peer
limiter and the Full
• Above, you can see it
increased my results
to 821 thousand.
• 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
– Click Show More to get
an expanded list of
options, as shown on the
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 29 thousand.
The first resources found are eBooks. An eBook can be accessed through the
PDF Full Text, EPUB Full Text or Download (Offline) links.
Unlike eBooks, videos are not actually within the EDS database. The are
searching within EDS and then accessed at another website.
Unlike eBooks, videos are not actually within the EDS database. The can be
searched within EDS and then accessed at another website.
Beneath the second eBook is a group of videos from the Associated Press. To
access these you would need to go to the Associated Press’s website, byt
clicking the View All link.
If you scroll down to number 17, you will see another video called
Introduction to Information Literacy (This is actually the video you saw in
Week One of the course).
If you click on the View record at Films on Demand link, it will take you to
that website to see the video.
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
recommended that you not 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 higher
education, students and academic achievement within the broader concept
of information literacy. Therefore, I selected the subject terms above.
Using those Subject
Terms in this limiter
lowered my results
count to just under 18
Also, the subject terms I
selected show in my
Again, you can remove
any or all subject terms
when you want, just like
any other limiter.
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 become comfortable using it
to be successful on that exam. It will also be necessary for Project #3.
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