What is EDS?
A Discovery service is a system that searches seamlessly across a wide range different resources, providing relevance-ranked results, making research quicker, easier and more efficient. It’s meant to be a high quality alternative to Google as well as a one-stop access to almost all the library’s print or online collections.
Discovery services are frequently available in University libraries, but are extremely rare in schools. As a matter of fact, Ecolint is one of the very few schools in the World to provide its community with such a research tool.
Ecolint Discovery Service is available at libraries.ecolint.ch
What’s in EDS?
EDS’s main search box is a incredibly quick and easy way to search a large number of resources all at once:
- Major academic databases such as JStor or EBSCO, the International Database of Theater and Dance, Oxford Art online, offering millions of full-text high quality academic articles.
- 35 000 Books and magazine held at la Chat, and 35 000 more from the LGB and Nations secondary libraries (available through interlibrary loan within two days)
- Encyclopedias such as Britannica school and Worldbook
- Hundred of millions of newspaper and magazine articles from thousands of publications, including major sources like The Financial Times, Time Magazine, History Today, The Atlantic or The Times.
EDS offers a wide range of limiters (more than Google, for instance). This means research works pretty much like a funnel: you usually first get thousands of results (even if you’ve used carefully chosen keywords). But it is easy to reduce their number by using limiters, which can be selected with a single click:
- by content provider (to see what was found in a specific resource)
- by type of provider (catalog only for print resources, full-text and peer-reviewed for online resources.
- by date
- by subject
Results can be cited, exported, stored in folders, downloaded etc…