EBSCO Discovery Service: EDS

What is EBSCO Discovery Service?

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) provides users with an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of Fanshawe College Library’s information resources through a single search. By indexing all of the institution’s internal (library) and external (database vendors) resources, EDS creates an exceptionally fast search experience based upon the powerful EBSCOhost search experience familiar to researchers worldwide.

EDS contains information from thousands of publishers and other providers who make available hundreds of millions of records from journals, books, eBooks and other content sources.

How to Search

To access EDS, go to the Multi-Search tab in the Start Your Research box on the library homepage. Look here for some useful search instructions/tips.

Content Providers

EDS allows you to filter your search results by database using the Content Providers facet found at the bottom of the left-hand column of the EDS result list. Content providers include EBSCOhost databases, external databases, and Fanshawe College Library’s catalog.

EBSCO Discovery Service Limiters

EDS features the following specialized limiters to help focus search results:

  • Catalog Only: Limits your EDS search results to only those items in our catalog, regardless of circulation status.
  • Available in Library Collection: Allows users to limit search results to records whose full text is available online (via EBSCOhost full text databases, e-journals, institutional repositories, etc.) or content physically available in the library.
  • Location: Select one of the locations of your institution to limit results to items which can be found at that location.
  • Collection: Allows you to limit your search to a specific Collection in EDS, if your institution has multiple catalogs loaded.

EBSCOhost Integrated Search

EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS) allows users to simultaneously search EBSCO databases as well as all other electronic resources, including those from other database aggregators, OPACs, and publisher packages such as ProQuest or Gale databases.

Library Catalog

EBSCO Discovery Service lets you view catalog details for a result in our library’s catalog including Real-Time Availability (RTAC). With RTAC, you will see up-to-date information that advises you of the availability of an item on the shelf within the library. Status messages may be:

  • Available on Shelf
  • In Library Use
  • Checked Out

EDS Available in Mobile Applications

You can search our EDS subscription using the EBSCOhost iPhone or Android app, available for free. To authenticate the app, click the EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications link at the bottom of the EDS screen and follow the instructions.

In addition, EDS can be searched on the EBSCOhost Mobile interface on your iOS (iPhone, iPod touch) or Android device.

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