Import Functionality for a Custom Discovery Experience

EBSCO Discovery Service customization options help libraries to import widgets, custom search boxes and custom links into their discovery experience.

Apps, Widgets & Plugins

Import apps (widgets) to the Result List, the Detailed Record page, or as a Custom Branding template in order to:

  • Offer instant messaging (such as libraryh3lp) for Ask-a-Librarian functionality
  • Display external dynamic results, such as images from Flickr, videos from YouTube, or results from Google Books
  • Provide links to frequently-used content sources, such as LibGuides
  • Post custom messages or other text, such as Library hours or upcoming events

EBSCOadmin allows administrators to add custom apps to EDS. Widgets may be added as either iFrame URLs or Custom HTML code.

Search Boxes

The Search Box Builder tool makes it easy to create a customized search box with HTML code that can be placed into the EDS website. Choose from one of the three available Search Box styles to get started, and then choose custom branding options. Administrators can also create an extended tabbed search box for their institution's EDS site.

Custom Linking

CustomLinks allow users to go from a record in EDS to almost any other resource accessible via the library. The primary goal of most CustomLinks is to take the user to a location where the full text for a given article, book or document can be accessed. CustomLinks may be your link resolver, but the technology behind the EDS CustomLinks is more refined than a link resolver, so you can also choose to use CustomLinks to show custom components on your website, such as a document delivery list.

Examples of resources/services that a library might access via CustomLinks include:

  • Open URL linking services
  • E-journals
  • OPACs and A-Z lists
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services
  • Document delivery systems
  • Bibliographic indexes/databases
  • Search engines
  • Book vendors