Knowledge Portal | Metasearch (EDS)

Literature research

EDS Knowledge Portal | Meta search
Printed Books | eBooks | eJournals | Database contents

Direct search for printed journals & eJournals.

Journals | Publication Finder (EDS)

Publication Finder interface tutorial & Video-Tutorial
Title search is selected by default. If required, switch to e.g. ISXN (ISSN/ISBN). Read more under "New Features" in the Publication Finder-FAQ

For some Knowledge Portal accesses, the EZproxy identifier is automatically activated. If the automatic forwarding does not work in the university network and an error message of the proxy appears, please read the EZproxy instructions "Bookmarklet" & "Check connection".

Access and registration

All accesses to or via EDS, which are made from the university network of ZU, are recognized via the IP address. A separate login is not necessary at any time.

For accesses from outside the Uninetwork please use the EZproxy.

You only have access to licensed and freely accessible content.

You may not have full text access to all hits from the EDS, i.e. some hits are only source references.

If you are unsure whether ZU has access to a resource, please feel free to contact the library team.


General instructions for use

Knowledge portal for research

EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service) is a metasearch engine for databases and library catalogs and provides a unified search entry point for discovery.

Several sources are included in the search and searched simultaneously. The display of the results is then bundled in a hit list. Both sources licensed by the ZU library as well as freely accessible sources (printed and/or digital) are included. The hit lists include bibliographic information, links to full texts (if available), abstracts and source references.

EDS is very well suited as a first entry into research and for covering many resources already with one search query (especially for thematic searches).

However, EDS is no substitute for in-depth research, but offers recommendations for suitable databases through the number of hits. EDS also makes no claim to completeness, since, among other things, never all licensed sources can or may be included.

Tip: If a session has expired, it is usually no longer possible to see which hits were open. A possible solution, apart from saving beforehand, is to look at the browsing history.

Knowledge portal or online library catalog?

Knowledge Portal | Metasearch (EDS)

EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service) is a metasearch engine for digital content and offers an extensive range of search options.

Other advantages of EDS:

  • Search for further search entries (keywords, related topics)
  • Full text access, abstracts and source references
  • Capture of a large part of the library holdings in one search
  • "EDS-Journal" search is integrated, but can also be selected separately

No access to e-books / journals?

If you find an e-book / journal in EDS but do not get full-text access, run a cross-check in the library's online catalog (OPAC) or via journal search (EDS). Feel free to have your search result checked by the library team.

Please note:

  • Not all licensed databases are recorded in EDS.
  • The matching of EDS with the OPAC is occasionally not up to date.
  • The linking to full texts is not always available.

Online library catalog (OPAC)

The online catalog (OPAC) represents the record of the physical library holdings, including licensed e-books.

Further advantages of the OPACS for your research:

  • Suche nach Semesterapparaten, ZU-Dissertationen und weiteren Sonderaufstellungen
  • Quick search for books (printed and digital)
  • Clear hit list of library holdings
  • Access to e-books
  • Access to released dissertations of ZU students
  • Search for semester reserved, ZU dissertations and other special collections

To the online catalog (OPAC)

No access to e-books?

If the search for an e-book in the OPAC is negative, we probably do not have access to the desired resource.

If you find an entry in the OPAC for a desired e-book where the stored link does not work, please report this directly to the library team.

Tip Books:

If you want to know if a book is in the library's collection, the best way is to use the library's online catalog. You will quickly get a clear and complete hit display.

Journals | Publication Finder | Journals

You can search for journals directly in the general knowledge portal of the EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service), or you can switch to the "Journal" search in advance to get a clearer hit list.

For example, you can search by journal title or ISSN (International Standard Serial Number). Journals to which we have access are displayed in the hit list together with access periods as well as bibliographic information and linked if necessary.

The start page of the "Journal" search interface additionally displays a topic overview and a database overview.

  • Search databases: List of databases you can use to search for journals available in the library
  • Search Subjects: Enumeration by subject through which you can search for journals available in the library.
  • Alphabetical sorting is available through the letter bar.

Journals | Articles & Contributions

  • If you would like to search for contributions / articles, you can search via the knowledge portal.
  • If you already know the target source, you can also search specifically for the journal via "Journals | Publication Finder" and navigate via the corresponding overview of the journal.

  • In the case of articles, you will receive a source reference or direct full-text access when the hit is available. Whether access is available depends, among other things, on our licenses and on freely available offers.
  • With source references you have the possibility to deepen your research and to check if we have access to a journal you are looking for. For example, a journal may only exist as a printed edition and an article would then not be available digitally.

Journals FAQ


If you find an article without full-text access, you can e.g. take the title or the ISSN of the journal from the source reference.

Now search for the journal via "Journals | Publication Finder" and check whether the library has licensed access.

Please note:

    • Journals that have not been licensed by the library and are not open access are not included.
    • Pay attention to the access periods shown for hits.
    • "Access ZU Print" indicates a printed issue. Printed issues can be found in the journal flaps in the library or older volumes on request at the service desk.

EDS tutorials

  • Numerous tutorial videos are offered via EBSCO's YouTube channel "EBSCO Help".
  • You can find more useful information about EBSCO's services on the Help page.

Particularly relevant sections from the help:

  • Basic Search
  • Advanced Search - Guided-Style Find Fields
  • Search Modes
  • Booleans

EDS settings

In the menu bar of EDS you will find some setting options:

Among other things, the language settings for menus and information texts can be adjusted. To save settings or individual adjustments for later sessions, you may need a private user account at "My EBSCOhost".

Language setting:

In the menu bar there is the item Languages on the right side. This menu item allows you to select different languages. The default language is German. Adjusting the language affects the menus and information texts, but not the display of hits / the hit list of an executed search.

„Custom Folders“:

To save search results, such as permanent links to searches, articles, or e-books for a later session, EBSCO provides a "folder" feature.

A private login to "My EBSCOhost" is required to use this feature. If you want to save search hits without this "folder" feature, you can retrieve citation information or create permalinks. For instructions, see the help topic "Managing Custom Folders".

How to use Costum Folders


A registration at "My EBSCOhost" is only required for some additional personalized functions.

All regular functions are already activated for members of ZU without a separate registration.

Cite via EDS

Search via EDS and select a desired search hit. Via the menu bar that appears at the right edge of the screen, you will find the menu item "Cite". Click on this menu item to go to the "Citation format". In the view that now follows, you will see hints and examples of citations of your search hit. The list of suggested citation styles can be browsed by scrolling. The option "Export to bibliography management software" leads to the export manager.

The following options / formats are available: Direct Export in RIS-format (e.g. CITAVI, EasyBib, EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, Zotero), General Bibliography Management Software, XML format, BibTeX, MARC21. There is also a choice of "Direct Export to RefWorks", "Direct Export to EndNote Web" and "Direct Export to EasyBib", as well as the possibility to download a CSV file.

An e-mail with the desired information can be sent via the export manager. The following options / formats are available: RIS-format (e.g. CITAVI, EasyBib, EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, Zotero), General Bibliography Management Software, XML format, BibTeX and MARC21.

Be sure to check with your supervisors / instructors for current and discipline-specific requirements.

Tip: Test out the features and, if necessary, don't just simply document your sources.

More information

Do you have any questions?

Was your question not answered? Write us your question, or feel free to contact our service desk directly. Of course, you can also pass on questions to us by e-mail or telephone.


In order to be able to offer you the most suitable and comprehensive service possible, we, the library team at ZU, depend on your feedback. Therefore, please write us your impressions, suggestions and wishes regarding the information offered and feel free to give us constructive hints for improvement.


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