[OZTL_NET] EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Any experience with it?

Stott, Patricia P stott.patricia.p at edumail.vic.gov.au
Fri Mar 6 09:14:05 AEDT 2015

Hello Chelsea,
at my primary school we do not have any subscription databases so we do not need the EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service), however, I also work in a hospital library where we subscribe to at least 6 journal databases and 4 e-book packages. These have all been 'tied in' to our EDS and it works really well. Think of it like a 'google' search across all of your resources. It is even better if you can 'tie in' your library catalogue. For the hospital library it is well worth the cost.

Pat Stott alia/Tech

Library Manager, Tuesday and Friday

Chirnside Park Primary School

Phone: 03 97273466

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Subject: [OZTL_NET] EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Any experience with it?

Hi all,
have any of you implemented EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)?

If so I'm keen to hear about your experience.

I love the idea, and I'm trying to decide whether it would bring big
benefits to our school or not.

I'm not sure, however, whether a single search window for everything is the
way to go. Maybe there is a benefit in keeping things separate with logos
that students can associate with topic areas (i.e. "that 'blue one' is the
database I use for science... and that 'circle one' is the one I go to for
history... etc.)

It is expensive but I would be prepared to spend the money if it really
encouraged students to search databases more often - by making things

I also worry about the fact that some databases cross-over, and results are
missed when a student 'lives' only in one database, because that's what
s/he is familiar with or was shown how to use in year 7...

Any stories or first-hand experience would be greatly appreciated.

Cwright at scr.vic.edu.au
PS. Happy Goat year!
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