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EBSCO Discovery Service LibGuide: What is Discovery?

Explore the different sections of our Discovery Guide to learn how to navigate it and find resources for your research:

Getting Started
Basic Search
Advanced Search
Using Your Results
Searching Tips
Saving Features

Where can I find Discovery?

There are a few places where you can access Discovery: 
  • From the library website where there is a custom Discovery search box.
  • Directly from the Discovery home page by clicking here.
  • Across our LibGuides where you will see numerous Discovery links.
*Note: At times, you may be prompted with a login window for EBSCO. When the login box to the right appears use full college email (i.e. and your regular password.

What is EBSCO Discovery Service?

Discovery is the library's search engine. This is your one stop shop to search through many of the Library's resources including databases, journals, and conference proceedings. It's a great place to start your research.

When should you use Discovery?

Use Discovery when:
You are beginning your research
You need to browse and access all of the library's electronic resources quickly
You need an overview of the resources available on your topic
Don't use Discovery when:
You are looking for early release conference proceedings or journal articles; these will often not be available until final publication
You are doing legal research, particularly cases; the law resources are available separately - see the Law Subject Guide
You are looking for company and industry reports; these are available in specific business databases (e.g. Business Source Ultimate and the ProQuest Business Premium Collection)

Discovery Help

Have a question? Check out the EBSCO Discovery Service help page for more information. Or send an e-mail to the Library Academic Support Centre.

Need advice for your assignments or research?
The Library Academic Support Centre is here to help!
We offer in-person and online appointments, remote assistance via email and a drop-in service.
For more details about how we can help you, see here.


Try searching Discovery here!

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