EDS Package


The EBSCO Discovery Service Package is available as a consortial offer. The EDS Package includes the following products, as well as loading of the catalogue:

  • EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)
  • Full Text Finder (FTF)
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS) with 5 connectors
  • Research Starters database
  • Custom Catalog
  • 2 databases from the following list (note that colleges cannot choose databases to which they already subscribe):
    • Ageline
    • Arctic & Antarctic Regions
    • Art & Architecture Index
    • Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA)
    • Business Book Summaries
    • Communication Abstracts
    • Criminal Justice Abstracts
    • Entrepreneurial Studies Source
    • Environment Index
    • Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index
    • Health Library
    • Humanities International Index
    • Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC)
    • Small Business Reference Center
    • SocINDEX
    • ​Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide

For pricing and other details about the EDS Package consortial offer, please visit the Offer & Trials section of ERMA.

Subscribers can also add-on Cloud Services, Curriculum Builder, and extra connectors for an additional fee.


From the vendor:

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) takes research to the next level through a perfect combination of content and technology, taking into account all of the critical elements in the research process, and changing the expectations of how a discovery solution can and should address the needs of its users, whether it's:

  • A simple search by an undergraduate student
  • A sophisticated search by a post-graduate researcher
  • A library administrator looking to quickly and conveniently streamline resources

EDS provides a fast, streamlined search through a single search box, but within the context of a greater experience that pulls together intuitive features and functionality, high-end indexing via Inclusion of Subject Indexes, and instant access to critical full text, leveraged from the leading EBSCOhost research platform and databases, as well as from key information providers. And as EDS continues to evolve, the end goal remains the same—helping users to find and access the highest-quality content for the best-possible research experience.

More information available at: https://www.ebscohost.com/discovery

Full Text Finder (FTF)

FTF replaces LinkSource (EBSCO's OpenURL link resolver) and A-to-Z (the journal listing service and locator tool).

From the vendor:

Full Text Finder introduces a higher standard for library holdings and link management. With robust features including a knowledge base, holdings management tools, a state-of-the-art publication search service, as well as a fully-functional link resolver, Full Text Finder is designed to replace your existing EBSCO A-to-Z and EBSCO LinkSource services, which are being phased out.

The technology behind Full Text Finder is modernized to improve search performance, to provide additional integration points with EBSCO products and services, and to unify the administrative workflows via EBSCOadmin. In addition, your users will enjoy a richer and easier way to discover publications – and search for articles within those publications.

More information available at: https://www.ebscohost.com/discovery/technology/full-text-finder


From the vendor:

EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS) is a next-generation approach to federation, allowing users to search multiple resources within one familiar interface, take advantage of the unique features and functionality of EBSCOhost, and eliminate the frustration caused by slow search results.

EHIS connectors are also available to allow products that are not part of the EDS index to be integrated with EDS. More information available at: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?topic=996&id=5562&page=1#setupbp3


From the vendor:

Research Starters offers short, citable summaries and authoritative overviews of more than 64,000 of the most popular topics available through EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Free to EDS libraries, Research Starters is designed to simplify the research experience. Easily managed through the administrative interface, Research Starters includes links to relevant articles, images, videos and audio clips. With content pulled from a variety of high quality sources, including Salem Press and Encyclopedia Britannica, your researchers find information on their subjects at the top of the results list – right where they need it.

More information is available at: https://www.ebscohost.com/discovery/content/research-starters

Cloud Services

From the vendor:

With EBSCO’s Cloud Services, we deliver end-to-end support for your EBSCO Discovery Service and EBSCOhost apps. From initial setup and consulting, to ongoing hosting and maintenance, we do the heavy lifting so you can focus on serving your users. Cloud Services from EBSCO offers:

  • Hosting of apps
  • Maintenance of apps
  • App implementation and consulting
  • Support and training for apps
  • A secure environment
  • Ongoing updates, enhancements and fixes

Curriculum Builder

From the vendor:

EBSCO Discovery Service brings you an easy way to create and manage course reading lists right from your Learning Management System (LMS) with the Curriculum Builder LMS plugin. Highly cost-effective, the Curriculum Builder enables you to bring the world of quality databases, ebooks, and other digital resources from the library’s discovery system easily and directly into the online learning environment.

For a walkthrough of how Curriculum Builder is activated in a LMS system, please see the video links from the EBSCO Support Site: http://ebsco.libguides.com/curriculumbuilder/configuration.

To access Curriculum Builder administration, visit: http://curriculumbuilder.ebscohost.com/admin.php. [Your login credentials are provided in a welcome email when you first subscribe; if you do not know your login credentials, contact the vendor's technical support.]

You can find instructor-oriented videos, administration tips, and more at http://ebsco.libguides.com/curriculumbuilder/. If your institution has Springshare’s LibGuides product, you will also find these guides available to copy into your own system.


Content Types: 
Library Tools