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East Central University in Oklahoma Implements EBSCO Discovery Service™

Ties into University’s Mission to ‘Foster Independent Learning’ by Finding Accurate Information Easily


EDS ties into our mission to “foster independent learning” because it allows students to find the information they need much more easily."

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces that East Central University (ECU) has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as its discovery service. With relevancy-ranked results, an abundant amount of customization options and a comprehensive one-stop discovery experience, EDS is a tool that allows ECU students to focus on the quality of the information found rather than spending time and energy on searching multiple resources.

In looking for a discovery service, East Central University wanted a better qualified search experience for its users that removed the need to search individual databases which often overwhelmed users. Dana Belcher, Assistant Library Director at ECU says “We wanted to find a service that would remove the barrier of having to figure out which databases to search so the library becomes a bit less scary and more familiar and user-friendly. EDS creates a much more seamless and enjoyable search experience all around. We have been pleasantly surprised by the number and accuracy of hits since using EDS and are pleased by all of the customization features and how EBSCO was willing to work with us to make the product what we wanted it to be.”

ECU has taken advantage of many customizable options in EDS to make the user experience unique. The library has modified the limiters and facets, created customized profiles based on majors and adjusted the colors and branding to reflect its own school webpage.

Looking forward, Chelsea Baker, Instructional Services Librarian, says that EDS will be instrumental to providing students with the resources they expect from a library. “EDS ties into our mission to “foster independent learning” because it allows students to find the information they need much more easily. It’s another way to present what the library has to offer, and the more ways there are to use the library, the more likely it is that students will be able to find a way that works for them.”

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 600,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


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