Drake University and Cowles Library have selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) to enhance access to scholarly information. The customizable resource from EBSCO Publishing will be known as Cowles SuperSearch. Cowles SuperSearch will search across multiple databases, the library’s catalog, as well as Drake’s Institutional Repository.
In looking for a discovery solution, Drake University was determined to meet three goals: increase the use of scholarly resources overall; increase the interdisciplinary use of scholarly resources; and enhance the technical and financial management of digital content resources. This initiative is a key component of the strategic “knowledge base” program goal of the library. In opting for EBSCO Discovery Service, the university determined that EDS had key components designed to meet their goals—an end user interface, providing a single search box with multiple search function options, and an advanced support platform designed to manage multiple digital content elements.
Drake University Library Dean, Rod Henshaw says Cowles SuperSearch is designed to streamline and enrich the process of information instruction at all levels by removing the silos researchers must navigate without a discovery option. “Faculty, both inside and outside the library, will be able to spend less time teaching disparate databases because students will be able to use the same interface for most searching needs—quickly moving students beyond ‘how to search’ to the content itself and what the library collection has to offer. Advanced students will have access to custom informational units that combine resources not just from a variety of providers but from a variety of formats not regularly searchable in one place.