One of the newer buzz words in the library world is Discovery Service.

In an ongoing series, Jule Kind, Director of Off Campus Library Services (OCLS), shares about this service.  OCLS functions within Jackson Library to provide a variety of research tools for onsite and online students in the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS).

EBSCO, one of our large database vendors, defines Discovery Service as,

an online research tool that “pulls together” almost all of our Library resources so that they can be explored using a single search box. In other words, rather than searching the Library Catalog for books and a database such as Academic Search Complete for journal articles, you can do an EDS search and get results which include books, e-books, journal articles, and government documents in one list. In fact, you could think of EDS as the Library’s version of Google. (What Is EBSCO, n.d., para. 1)

Student sitting on bookshelfOCLS and Jackson Library will be debuting Discovery Service in the summer of 2014.  Not only does it search the many EBSCO databases - we have (e.g. Business Source Complete, Academic Search Complete, CINAHL Complete, MEDLINE, ATLA, Christian Periodical Index, etc.), but it will also search the library catalog, including e-book vendors, such as Ebrary and databases from other vendors (e.g. JSTOR, SAGE, ScienceDirect, etc.).

One student observed,

For those of you like me, we enjoy wandering into bookstores and libraries – browsing through genres and sections of books for hours on end.  However, the academic world demands much more practical use of our time.  This tool will greatly increase our efficiency!"

The challenge for students will be to develop methods to limit their results to journal articles, peer- reviewed sources, and books.  OCLS Librarians will be helping students to know the best way to get down to exactly what they need. The option for searching individual databases will also be available. So, if a user knows they want to search MEDLINE, they will be able to do that by going directly to the database just as they have always done.


What is EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)? (n.d.). Retrieved from

Question: What are some ways you can see this engine tool utilized in your learning environment?  Please leave a comment below.

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