What is EBSO Discovery Service? (EDS)

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) provides users with an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of an institution's information resources through a single search. By indexing all of an institution’s internal (library) and external (database vendors) resources on EBSCOhost servers, EBSCO creates an exceptionally fast search experience based upon the powerful EBSCOhost search experience familiar to researchers worldwide.

EDS contains information from as many as 70,000 publishers and other providers who make available hundreds of millions of records from hundreds of thousands of journals, magazines, books, and other content sources.

With the EDS API, libraries will have access to premium content provided through EDS, as well as many of the unique EDS features and functionality that provide researchers with an unparalleled academic research experience.

Configure EDS API Connection
  1. Navigate to the Search Configuration tile on your dashboard and open the EDS API tile
  2. Provide the server address, username, password, and profile associated with your organization’s EDS API profile


  1. If you would like to display sorting options in search, select the box
  2. Sorting options look like this:


3.Fill in your authentication settings

4. Select the appropriate limiters for your search results

5. Select the appropriate expanders for your search results


6.Choose whether to disable common social sharing buttons with search results


EDS Featured Tabs

Stacks allows you to feature designated search result types as featured tabs when users choose EDS API search from the drop-down menu.

  1. Navigate to the Search Configuration tile and open the EDS API tile
  2. Click the Featured Tabs tab


  1.  Set up your featured tabs by choosing a facet filter type, and performing a query.
  2. Click 'Query Facet Filters' to expand the accordion
  3. Enter a common search term used in your organization
    1. Example 1 A Pharmaceutical company might choose 'Content Provider' and use the query "Diabetes"
    2. Example 2 A Public Library might choose 'Source Type' and use the query "plumbing"

  1. Click 'Query EDS for Facet Filters'
  2. You will then see a list of source types to choose from
  3.  Select the facets to include in the featured tabs you want
  4. Enter a title

  1. Click 'Create Featured Tab'
  2. You can create up to three featured tabs to add to EDS API Search Results
  3. Choose the tabs you want by selecting your created tabs from the drop-down lists
  4. If this option is left as "none" no tab will display
  5. Continue selecting up to three featured tabs


  1. Your featured tabs will look like this:

EDS Exact Match Placard

The EDS Exact Match Placard is a publication title search. When a user performs a search with the EDS API search, and if a single publication is a match for the query, the publication's details will be displayed in its own placard at the top of the left-hand column beside the search results. If more than one publication is an exact match, no publication will be featured. Exact Match Publication can be enabled or disabled through the EDS API configuration.

The Exact Match Placard, if enabled, can also be added as a Bento box to the Bento search area.


  1. Navigate to the Search Configuration tile on your dashboard and open the EDS API tile
  2. Select the 'Placards' tab
  3. Configure Placards, which include settings related to both Research Starters and Exact Match Publication.
  4. Select 'Enable Exact Match Publication'
  5. Click 'Save Configuration'


Exact Match Placards look like this if the user were to search EDS API for the search term "Consumer Reports"



Exact Match Placard Video
EDS Research Starters

Research Starters provide quick summaries of the most popular topics in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Research Starters can be enabled from the Search Configuration tile on the Dashboard and will be included in your EDS API search results (when available). If a Research Starter is available, it will always appear as the first search result in the list of search results.

The following image illustrates a research starter in the Discovery API search:

Enable Research Starters

In order for Research Starters to be enabled, your EDS API search credentials must be properly configured. Refer to the EDS API section to learn about the necessary configuration.

  1. Navigate to your dashboard and click on the  'Search Configuration', tile

  2. Open the 'EDS API' tile

  3. Click on the 'Placards' tab

  1. Make sure that the 'Enable Research Starters' box is checked



Add a Research Starter to a Bento Box

Prior to adding a Research Starter to a Bento Box, EDS API search must be configured, and Research Starters must be enabled.

  1. Navigate to the search results Landing Page that you would like to add a Research Starter.
  2. Click the 'Customize this page' button found at the bottom of the page.

Click the '+' button in the top right corner of the panel you'd like to add the Research Starter.

Click 'Bento Search' in the left-hand menu.

Click 'Add a Bento Box'

Click on the 'Select a Bento Box' dropdown menu to expand it

Select 'Research Starters' under EDS Search

Provide a title for the Bento Box

Click 'FINISH'

Click 'SAVE' to add the Research Starter as a Bento Box


EDS Auto Complete Placard

​​​​​​The EDS Autocomplete feature gives search suggestions. It looks like this:



  1. To Configure EDS Autocomplete, navigate to your dashboard and open the 'Search Configuration' tile
  2. Open the 'EDS API' tile
  3. Choose the 'Placards' tab
  4. Select the EDS Autocomplete option
  5. Click 'Save Configuration'

Configure Search Settings

Configure Search Dropdown

  1. Check which search options should be available to your users from the search drop-down menu

    • After choosing a search option, making sure to configure its settings by returning to the Search Configuration screen, and choosing the appropriate search feature

2. Provide a label that should be associated with each option

3. IF you have chosen to integrate one or many external searches, select the provider from the dropdown menu

4. Choose which search should be available to users by default

5. Choose what style you would like to present these search options in. Dropdown or Tabs

6. Click SAVE CONFIGURATION to apply your search settings


Toggle Content Access Buttons

  1. Check the boxes corresponding to the buttons you would like active



Content Access Button Descriptions


The following are definitions that outline the functionality of each of these buttons:

CONNECT - Full Text Finder (FTF) - May require an authentication method to be configured

REQUEST ITEM - ILS integrated function that allows an authenticated user to place a hold request

VIEW CATALOG - Exposes the ILS DeepLink (not SSO) and takes the user out of Stacks to the item details page in the catalog. This link is given to Stacks by the ILS API

READ MORE - Exposes the EDS Plink (May be authorized by IP Range, SSO, or allow guest access)

READ ONLINE - Exposes the PDF, eBook, or online access URL - in some cases provides Full Text access (Requires IP Whitelist, Patron Authentication, or SSO)

ADD TO SAVED LIST - Requires "Patron" role authentication and saves to Stacks "My Account." This functionality exists on all API search types (EDS, SharePoint, Mintel, ILSs, etc.)

EXPORT - Exposes a download button for items in your connected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) instance that include a downloadable file


Note: The labels for each of these buttons can be changed in "Site Labels" and will be applied anywhere the corresponding button appears on the site.


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Configure Auth Type for Open Athens Users

Configure Authentication Type for EDS API for Open Athens Users:

  1. Navigate to the 'Search Configuration' tile on your dashboard and open the 'EDS API' tile
  2. Select the 'Authentication' tab
  3. Enter Auth type=Shib
  4. Click 'Save Configuration'

Using Search

Depending on how your Stacks site is configured, users may have the ability to search using EBSCO Discovery Service, an external catalog, bento box search, or website search. Your users can choose which of these search options they prefer from a convenient drop-down menu located just to the right of the search bar. If you are able to log in, you will also be able to save an item to a 'Saved List' to reference at a later date.

Different types of search that may be enabled:

  • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • Searching in this format will take you to a results page within the website where you can use facets and filters to narrow your results
  • External Catalog
    • Searching in this format will take you to out of the website to a new page referred to as an "External Catalog" where you can continue your search
  • Website
    • Searching in this format will take you to a results page within the website that displays results from website pages, events, rooms and other content within the site itself
  • Bento Search
    • Searching in this format will take you to a results page within the website that displays results from different sources in separate boxes. Clicking on these items can take you to Website, External Catalog, or EBSCO Discovery Service pages


Content Access Button Descriptions

The following are descriptions of buttons you may see in search results that provide different types of access to content:

    • Full-Text Finder (FTF) - If you are logged in this button should provide access to the items full text
    • This allows you to place a hold request once you have logged in
    • This button will take you out of the website to a new page referred to as an "External Catalog"
    • Exposes the EBSCO Discovery Service Plink (May be authorized by IP Range, SSO, or allow guest access) This will take you out of the website to the items details page in EBSCO Discovery Service
    • Exposes the PDF, eBook, or online access URL - in some cases provides Full-Text access (Requires IP Whitelist or Authentication) If you have logged in it will display the content when you click on it
    • Requires "Patron" role authentication and saves to Stacks "My Account"


Add to Saved List

After performing a search, users can save their search criteria for quick reuse at a later date. Saved Search functionality requires ILS Authentication and EDS TM (EBSCO Discovery Service) authentication.

  1. Ensure that the user is logged in
    • Only authenticated users can save searches
  1. After the user performs a search, click ADD TO SAVED LIST next to the item's description

    • You can also add the item to the Saved List from the item's details

  2. To view the user’s Saved List, click My Account in the main menu
  3. Under 'My Library', click YOUR SAVED LIST
    • This will display a list of any items the user has added to the list
Create Custom Filters

A Custom Filters dropdown list will appear below the main search bar containing the custom filters inputted below if the user has selected the EDS API search format. To enable this feature:

  1. Navigate to the Search Configuration tile and open the EDS API tile
  2. Toggle the checkbox associated with "Show custom filters drop-down"

In the custom filter fields

  1. Add a label for your filter
  2. add one or more parameters to this filter

  1. Click Add another filter to add more custom filter options


How to Create Your Filters:

  1. To look up Locations codes or other parameters specific to your library, conduct a search in Stacks

  2. Apply the facet filter desired (such as location) and copy the URL after the last symbol: 


  3. Paste the copied URL after the last & symbol in the 'filter field'

    • Filter Results by Author Field (e.g., searchfield=AU)
    • Filter by a Location (e.g., cl[0]=L01222917:y)


  1. Include multiple parameters by using & (ampersand) as your separator:

    • Filter Results by Author Field and a location (e.g., searchfield=AU&cl[0]=L01222917:y)
    • Filter by two locations (e.g., cl[0]=L01222917:y&cl[1]=L01222918:y)


Here are some examples to get you started:

Search Types:





Subject Phrase

Journal Name



Source Types: 

Academic Journals




Conference Material


Electronic Resources 



Music Scores


Non-print Resources

Primary Source Documents










Content Provider

Sample Content Provider


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Check out how the Stacks Community is using Discovery:

  • Methodist College (Search Discovery)
  • Southwest Texas Junior College (Search Discovery)
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