EDS is a great place to start your research. It helps you quickly find relevant resources on a subject, without having to decide which database(s) to search. You can limit your search results in a variety of ways, including date range, source type, subject, and scholarly designation. The library's cataloged resources are also integrated into the search results, which makes EDS a good place to check to see if the library has the full text of a journal article or a book that you desire.
Don't want to mess with results from OhioLink, or Ebsco databases? Use the "Pratt Library Catalog" limit under the "Content Provider" section on the left hand page of your results. This will limit your results to only items held by Pratt Library and the University of Cincinnati!
EDS automatically applies two expanders to every search- "Also search within the full text of the articles" and "Apply equivalent subjects"- this helps to find more comprehensive results for a search. However, this can also create a daunting number of search results. You can easily remove these expanders under the "Refine Results" column to the left of your search result list.
To take advantage of the richest features of a database, including the subject thesaurus or specialized limiters, you may choose to search a specific subject relevant database. For example, Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, and PubMed have powerful features only available in their unique interfaces.
Are you an advanced user? Have you noticed that in your displayed "Search History" certain limits are not registering a new search in your History feed? This is because currently source type facet selections are not added to Search History. Source types do not execute a new search like the clusters/facets do, and consequently are not added to search history. Source types just act as a filter to the original search, and this is the intended functionality.