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EBSCO Discovery Service
LIB 107 Tutorial - Summer, 2019
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 adjusting its content and the
screen captures in the examples I show you
may have different numbers from your search
Where is EDS?
• EDS can be found on the Library’s homepage,
which is at this address:
The EDS Search Box
There are Two 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.
• 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. The User ID and Password are provided in
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 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 are also usually PDF files.
The icons left of the citations
identify what type of format the
resources are (academic journal,
book, eBook, video, etc.)
The Search 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 years.
– 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. BTW, 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 2009 to 2019. This reduced my number of
results from around 560 thousand to around 350 thousand.
• This shows that most of the research on information
literacy (about 63%) 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
grey box with the white x next to
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’s 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 803 thousand.
• You can always
remove and/or add a
limiter whenever 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
I will 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 53 thousand.
The first two resources found are eBooks.
An eBook can be accessed through the PDF Full Text, EPUB Full Text and/or
Download links. These are different ways of accessing eBook content.
For video content, some videos are are available within the EDS database and
some are not.
For an example of videos within EDS, look at the collection beneath the
second eBook. This is a group of videos from the Associated Press, which is a
database within EDS. To access these click the View All link.
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.
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 (the top
image) and it will expand
into a menu (the bottom
• 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 will focus on resources related to educational
technology and academic achievement within the broader concept of
information literacy. Therefore, I will select those subject terms.
Using those Subject
Terms in this limiter
lowered my results
count to just above 13
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.
EBSCO Discovery Service
LIB 107 Tutorial