Ebsco Discovery Service Q&A


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Some of the questions about Ebsco Discovery Service presented by SUNY Albany faculty 11/2010.

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Ebsco Discovery Service Q&A

  1. 1. Update: Ebsco Discovery Service Public Services Forum November 16, 2010 Elaine Lasda Bergman
  2. 2. What is in EDS? Always changing
  3. 3. What is in EDS? • Subscribed Ebsco Databases (bib and full text) – Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, EconLit, ERIC, Historical Abstracts, INSPEC, LISTA, Medline, etc. • Other Ebsco content – Bibliographic info only • 50K journals, 6 million books, 20K conference papers, 825K CDs&DVDs, reports, newspapers
  4. 4. What is in EDS? • Partner Resources – “Thin metadata” for all EDS customers. – If we subscibe to databasess, full data will be added (full text when available) •Web of Science •Alexander Street Press •Lexis Nexis •JSTOR •Newsbank •Readex •Scopus
  5. 5. What is in EDS? • Customized Information about Library holdings: –Library catalog (yes) –Institutional repositories: digital collections and archives (not yet)
  6. 6. Some Clarifications…. “Available in Library Collection” • Not really comprehensive: items from the library catalog that are in print and in EDS online full text. • Will exclude many things that are bibliographic content only in EDS, that actually are available
  7. 7. Some Clarifications… “Scholarly” vs. “Academic” • Academic = geared towards an academic audience. May or may not be peer reviewed. • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) = peer reviewed journals only. May be some which are not Academic. – Ebsco adding “peer reviewed” metadata to 100K journals, even when content provider doesn’t have this limiter
  8. 8. Customization If we still find these misleading or confusing, we can relabel and sometimes “turn off” a feature (such as Available in Library Collection).
  9. 9. Needs work: Content Provider Facet • Not comprehensive • Not dynamic: fixed list • Can sort by # of hits or alphabetical
  10. 10. Needs work: Facet Normalization Q: Why can’t we limit by document type, language, etc? • Not all included databases have these fields • Metadata described, coded differently
  11. 11. Question: Why Duplicate Records? • Particularly for journal articles • Each record comes from a different database • Coming soon: “Super Records” –Some providers prohibit tampering (ERIC, PsycInfo, etc)
  12. 12. EHIS Component • Federated Searching: databases are searched separately from EDS main search • Select to see results separately or merge with EDS results • Availability may change based on partnerships, etc. – Already added Scopus as an EDS partner – Didn’t work out with S&P
  13. 13. What’s Coming: Real Time Availability • Full information about item status (loan type, location, collection, status, availability) right in Ebsco Record rather than link to Minerva
  14. 14. What’s Coming: Foreign Language Searching • Unicode compliance for non-Roman languages • Improved Asian Language CCJK searching • Virtual Keyboards for entering non- Roman characters
  15. 15. What’s Coming: “Super Records” • Composite records for Books and Monographs – Links to reviews – similar books – others by same author – literary reference center summaries (if subscribed)
  16. 16. Questions???