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(The) Library Essentials Guide: Discovery Know How

What is EBSCO Discovery Service?

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 xyour student number and your regular password.

Discovery LibGuide

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

Getting Started

Using Your Results

Basic Search Search Tips
Advanced Search

Saving Features

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 Complete and the ProQuest Business 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 Help Centre.

Contact the Library Help Centre



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