EDS: Ebsco Discovery Service is a discovery software tool (more than just a library catalog) that allows users to search numerous databases, as well as the majority of Pratt Library resources, in one place. This includes searching for journal articles, e-books, and physical items in the library catalog like books and DVDs. Features of the EDS service include:
Which browsers work with EDS?
EDS and the associated content works best with the following browsers:
Google Chrome 16.0 or later
Firefox 8.0 or later
Safari 5.1 or later
There may be some EDS functionality which is not available with other browsers and versions. We are working to expand this list of browsers and an updated list will be posted when new browsers are available.
Please note, with the current security measures put in place by the CCHMC IS department, some functionalities and links from EDS may be blocked when using Internet Explorer due to certificate errors. Until these issues are resolved, please use any of the browsers listed above when accessing EDS.
Keyword- a keyword search is the broadest type of search you can perform and is the default setting for EDS. The results will include any record that has the word you typed, regardless of where teh word is located in the record.
Title- a title search will limit your results to the title or name of the item.
Author- an author search will limit your results to the creator of the item.
Full Text (Online)- to limit your results to items with a full copy available to be viewed online, select the "Full Text" option. Your results will only show items that have Full Text, and items that are only available in print will not be in the results
Available in Library Collection- instead of limiting to full text, this option includes books and journals available either online or in print at the Library. Results exclude content that is not available in the Library collections.
Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed)- this limiter limits results to items that have been subjected to a Blind Peer Review, Editorial Board Peer Review, or Expert Peer Review.
Catalog Only- the “Catalog Only” limiter will limit your search results to items only in the OhioLink Library Catalog and UC Library Catalog. All other results from other databases will be excluded.
EDS is a great place to start your research. It helps you quickly find relevant resources on a subject, without having to decide which database(s) to search. You can limit your search results in a variety of ways, including date range, source type, subject, and scholarly designation. The library's cataloged resources are also integrated into the search results, which makes EDS a good place to check to see if the library has the full text of a journal article or a book that you desire.
To take advantage of the richest features of a database, including the subject thesaurus or specialized limiters, you may choose to search a specific subject relevant database. For example, Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, and PubMed have powerful features only available in their unique interfaces.