For many years, the Library has tried to provide researchers at Regent with an effective meta-searching tool capable of searching all our collections, physical and electronic, in a single search. We have tried several products, but none provided the functionality we were looking for. The Library currently has a trial subscription to EBSCO’s Discovery Service. We believe that Discovery is a major advance over previous products because it features the intuitive, user-friendly interface that is a hallmark of all EBSCO’s databases.
EBSCO’s Discovery Service is ideal for beginning a new research project. What makes Discovery so easy to use effectively are EBSCO’s limiters, which permit a searcher to start off with a very general search and then to browse for different types of resources and sub-categories. Although a video tutorial from EBSCO is available on YouTube, the best way to begin is probably to jump right in and give it a test drive by entering some subjects of interest and then using the limiters on the left sidebar to see what it can find for you. You can try the service by entering terms in the Discovery search fields on the Library homepage.
As always, your comments about potential Library resources are critical. After trying Discovery, please take a few moments to fill out our database trial evaluation form, and let us know if you feel it could be a an important addition to your research.