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EBSCO Discovery Service LibGuide: Getting Started

Getting Started

To get the best results using the EBSCO Discovery Service please use one of the following browsers: 

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This document contains a step by step guide to getting started:

Try Discovery!

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.

Common Issue

Exclamation mark  Have an issue getting to the Sign     In page?

Try: Conduct a search and open an article. This should prompt you to Sign In. If a list of EBSCO services shows up first, choose EBSCO Discovery Service.

Create a Personal Account

Before beginning your first search, it is recommended to set up a personal account. Your personal account is where you can save your search results, web pages and links to searches. You can access your saved searches through your account, set up search alerts and journal alerts in your own personal folder. 

1. Select Sign In

Select Sign In on the top right of the toolbar on the main Discovery search page.

2. Choose an Account Type

There are two types of accounts you can choose from:

A. New User

  • If you are a first time user of EBSCO Discovery Service select the second option to create a new account. Fill in the fields with the acquired information including your NCI email address. Select continue.

Screenprint of Discovery sign in page, Option A.

B. Existing User

  • You should choose this option if you have previously used EBSCO Discovery Services and created an account through another institution. You can link your existing EBSCOhost account with your NCI account.

Screenprint of Discovery sign in page, Option B.


Use your existing EBSCOhost user name and password to continue with the linking process.









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