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What is Discovery?

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) is a tool that allows you to search & view the majority of the Library's resources using a single search.  

This includes full access to electronic articles, books, videos, & databases, along with records of physical items in the Library's catalog such as books, journals, & DVDs.


Discovery Tutorial (Video)

Short (4 min.) video introduction to Discovery.



Need Help?

As you research, please let us know if anything about Discovery doesn't work the way you expect. Help us improve Discovery for everyone! Send us your feedback -

Visit the HSHS Health Sciences Library in person for personal assistance with your research.

Call us @ 217-757-6700 or extension 44566 from St. John's.

Email us.  

Text us via SMS @ 217-280-4582. 



Content originally developed by and used by permission of Charles J. Meder Library at Finger Lakes Community College.



Starting a Search

Discovery searches similarly to other EBSCOhost databases, such as CINAHL. Just enter a term or terms and click Search button to start. 

Discovery searches all terms you have entered, without the need to use AND.  For example: brain injury children will find items that contain all three terms.

Once you have search results on the screen, you can combine your terms in other ways (such as OR or NOT) by using the Advanced Search.



Discovery: search almost all content in one search
Limit Your Results


HSHS colleagues must login to MyAthens for access to most resources.
Click MyAthens tab above for details on creating a free account.

In order to access an electronic book in Discovery, click on blue underlined title of e-book, then scroll down to blue underlined Online Access link & click it.


Search Limit Options

Keyword - Broadest type of search. Finds search term(s) anywhere in an item, whether relevant or not.

Title -  Search terms(s) must appear in title of record.

Author - Search term(s) will limit to author or creator of an item.

Full Text - Limits to items with electronic full text

Available in Library Collection - Limits to items owned by Library either electronically or in physical form.

Peer Reviewed (Scholarly)- Limits to items subjected to peer review.


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