What is the Research Starters feature in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)?


Research Starters is a feature in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) that provides links to citable, authoritative summary articles for thousands of popular topics. Designed to assist users with their research, this feature was developed based on extensive studies with undergraduate and graduate students.

When a user conducts a search in EDS, a Research Starter placard (outlined below in red) may appear at the top of the Result List.  For those topics identified as most popular, Research Starters will retrieve relevant articles that link the user to related information and detailed bibliographies.

Research Starters content is curated from a variety of high quality sources, both proprietary and encyclopedic, including Salem Press, Encyclopædia Britannica, and others.

Research Starters Screenshot

If a Research Starter placard appears on the Result List, as in the example above, simply click the article title or the More button to read about the topic or find related articles and images.

From the overview article page, you can read the HTML Full Text article, listen to the article using the Text-to-Speech feature, or add it to your personal folder. You can also click the icons under Tools to print the article, email it, save it to your computer, etc.

Note: If you do not wish to display the Research Starters placard on your EDS results list, you may disable the feature in EBSCOadmin.

 To turn on the Research Starters feature:

  1.  Log in to EBSCOadmin. The Customize Services tab is the default.
  2. Select your EDS profile from the Choose Profile drop-down menu.
  3. Select the Databases sub-tab. You will now see all databases associated with your selected EDS profile.
  4. Use the drop-down on the left-hand side to Show: Disabled databases.
  5. Scroll down to Research Starters (ers) and select the Enable: On 
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Proceed to the Viewing Results sub-tab.
  8. Under General Settings, set the "Display Research Starters Feature Area" radio button to On.
  9. Click the Submit button.

To disable the Research Starters feature:

  1. Log in to EBSCOadmin. The Customize Services tab is the default.
  2. Select your EDS profile from the Choose Profile drop-down menu.
  3. Click the Viewing Results sub-tab.
  4. Under General Settings, set the "Display Research Starters Feature Area" radio button to Off.
  5. Click the Submit button.

 

ID: 6951
Topic: Interface Features, Database Products and Content
Services: EBSCO Discovery Service
Link: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6951
Updated: April 2014

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