Four weeks into the trial of two discovery services, EBSCO and Summon,  which offer a single box to search our databases, e-books, full-text journals and the library catalogue, and opinion is divided on which of the two will best meet our needs. 

The tools provide the best of both worlds: the ease of a google-type search facility combined with results from academic resources subscribed to by the university.

What isn’t in doubt though, is the enthusiastic reaction from academic staff and students to what librarians consider to be the holy grail of  library resource searching.   

‘It is absolutely brilliant!’

‘A great starting point for a search’

‘This is the way forward for the future. 10/10 – A must for Edge Hill’

‘Much better than searching through different databases’

While we have had a great reaction so far, we would welcome further opinion and feedback from you so that we can make an informed decision on the benefits of purchasing a discovery service in the future. 

The trial continues until the end of May.

Find out more, access the resources and give your feedback at 

If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Richardson ([email protected])

Dawn McLoughlin

Academic Support Manager