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Discover more about Discovery: Limiting and other tools

Judging by the questions and other responses, we’re seeing that the Discovery/EDS Health tool is looking to be a big hit as a new option for finding resources. Since there is so much packed into this little box, finding your way around the search results may be a bit confusing and scary, but hopefully this information will help in navigating your search results by using limiters and other tools available in the service.

In this example, we’ve used the Discovery search box from the Library’s home page to search for the keyword agoraphobia:

In this instance we’ve received lots of results and many different options to access a variety of resources. There are, however, many tools available on the results screen to hone in on what you need.

First, since this search gave us over 67,000 results, you can start to pare down these results by year, type of publication, or a variety of options by using the limiters on the left of the screen:

If you use other EBSCOhost databases, such as CINAHL or Academic Search Complete, these limiters should look familiar. You can also choose to show only those results that are available in the Library’s collection or even specify the database where the results of your search have come from, like PsycINFO or Scopus. The options to refine a search change depending upon the search and the results, so be sure to look at the various choices available when you perform a search.

The right side of the screen provides various tools and other ways to complement your search:

There is a chat box to ask a question if you get stuck. You can also link out to PubMed, ClinicalKey, or select other databases; in the case of PubMed and CINAHL, your search term will be brought over and you will see the results in those databases. You can also perform a search of the Discovery service using the available MeSH or CINAHL subject headings that are suggested for that topic. Finally, if there are any matches for eBooks the Library has access to from EBSCO, a rotating display of those will be shown as well.

This just touches on the tools and limiters available through the Discovery service, so feel free to experiment with them and see how they affect the results for your search. If you get a little too enthusiastic, you can always start over by conducting a new search through the link at the top of the screen.

If you need any help with this or any other Library services, contact us.

Discover more about Discovery: Searching

Many of you have already used the newly-released Discovery/EDS Health search tool made available last week. With the multitude of resources available from this service, there are also a number of options to perform a search. The types of searches available will depend on how you access it.

If you use the search box on either of the Libraries’ homepages or the Databases page, you are presented with a number of options:

The default is to search all resources by keyword, and that will provide the broadest results from all of the databases, books, and journals available through the Discovery service. One drawback, though, is that the keyword searching is extremely broad; it will pick up that term or phrase in any titles, abstracts, or other descriptions for each work.

There is a way, though, to limit your search for all resources to an author or title by using the pulldown menu at the start of the field:

If you select one of those other options, you will still be looking at all of the resources in the Discovery service, but your search will be limited to those fields for the term you entered.

You can further limit your search by choosing one of the other available tabs in the search box if you would like to just search for articles or available books. The Journals tab performs a search of the E-Journals & E-Books A to Z List, so it takes you out of the Discovery tool at this time.

If you access the Discovery tool through its Databases listing, the search screen looks a bit different:

This is the basic search screen for the service,  but it functions much like the search box above. The default is a keyword search of all resources. For those who use other EBSCOhost databases such as CINAHL Complete or Academic Search Complete, searching from this screen should be familiar and it functions much like the other databases. You can also choose to perform an Advanced Search from this screen to craft a multi-faceted complex search string.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to use the new Discovery tool, but if you have any questions, please contact us.

Introducing Discovery/EDS Health!

Did you ever wish the Library had a quick way to search a bunch of stuff at one time? You can do so now with the unveiling of the Discovery/EDS Health tool! This new service allows you to search multiple databases and another way to get to many of the Library’s subscribed resources.

The Library’s home page has a new look with the Discovery tool’s search box:

From this box you can search everything that’s available, or just for articles, books, or journals. A keyword search will get you to a screen where you can start to explore all of the available resources:

If you’re familiar with other EBSCOhost databases such as CINAHL or Academic Search Complete, the presentation of the results and the options you have to refine your search should be familiar. You can also perform your search in PubMed, EMBASE, and ClinicalKey by clicking on the icons for each to the right of the screen.

One of the greatest benefits of the Discovery tool is that it brings together many databases, including MEDLINE, Scopus, and CINAHL, along with the majority of resources the Library subscribes to, such as books from AccessMedicine, journals from ScienceDirect, and items from the print collection, and puts them all in one place.

If you prefer to search other databases, those are still available, and the Discovery tool is meant to complement our current offerings.

If you are off-campus, you can search the Discovery service from the Library’s home page, but you may find that you are unable to get into everything that’s offered. As long as you see the yellow banner at the top, you’re looking at everything as a guest, but you will need to authenticate in order to get to any full-text content or to access all of the features of the tool. In order to fully use the service, just click on the yellow banner at the top of the page:

You will then be asked to enter your Library barcode and PIN through our EZproxy login service. More information and help about accessing Library resources when off-campus is available on the Library’s Databases page.

In the coming weeks we will have more posts that delve into the many features of this dynamic tool. There is a LibGuide available that walks through some of the basic features of the Discovery service, and Library staff always welcome your questions.

We hope you will find this new service useful and that it provides a way to get to more of the Library’s resources.