Wingate University adds streamlined research service to the Ethel K. Smith Library

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University will begin using EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to provide a centralized search service for students and faculty researchers this fall. The service allows a person to search the University’s catalog of print items, DVDs, databases, journals, eBooks and web content simultaneously in one search, with results on one page.

“A Discovery service really changes how researchers access scholarly content offered through the library in addition to news wire services and open access content,” said Debra Hargett, Ethel K. Smith Library e-resources and special collections librarian.” Not all libraries have a Discovery service, but they are quickly becoming the norm.”

The old system searched for content in silo style. Books were searched through the online catalog, journals through a directory service, databases searched independent of one another, eBooks another way, etc. “It's very fragmented and unacceptable to the 21st century researcher when they’re used to so much information at their fingertips. Libraries offer that and so much more. The key is making it easier for researchers to locate it,” said Hargett. “With a Discovery service all of those things and more are discoverable through one search box. Think of it as a Google search box on steroids for library content. Now the researcher can concentrate on the search results rather than on how to search.”

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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