Discovery

ebscoYou may have noticed that the library’s home page has a new addition:  a search box that appears at the top of the page.  What is it and why is it there?  It is a tool known as Ebsco Discovery.  It allows libraries to make all of their collection, both print and electronic, available to patrons with only one search.  It allows patrons to search the library’s catalog and selected electronic databases via author, title or keyword.  A citation list, defaulting to a ranking by relevance, follows that can be emailed, printed, saved to a folder, or shared via social media.  ebscosearchresultsThe citation list can be further refined, i.e. limiting your results,  by filters on the left hand side of the screen that limit results via:  subject (LC), publisher, publication, language, geography, location, or the name of the content provider.  In what resource is the result found?  A source type list on the left hand side indicates whether the item can be found in an academic journal, a magazine, a report, an electronic book, or a print book.

Many thanks to the technical services and electronic services librarians and IT staff for pulling this project together.  It took months to plan, develop and implement.  A special shout out needs to be made to Jeb Brigman, Allison Jones, and Deborah McGovern.

We hope you find this tool useful as it integrates the library’s print and electronic resources, making one stop searching possible.  Check it out here.  Enjoy.

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Lisa is the Associate Dean for Information Services at the Charleston School of Law, Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library. She teaches Advanced Legal Research & Children & the Law.
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