Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the release of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The service seeks to create a unified, customised index of an institution’s information resources and provides access via a single search box. Metadata is harvested from both internal (library) and external (vendors) sources, creating a pre-indexed service of significant size and speed.
EDS is indexed directly on EBSCO servers in a bid to allow for fast search response times. This is projected to offer researchers a single interface for the discovery of a library’s entire collection and features that heighten the research experience.
EDS seeks to provide deep indexing as well as access to all of the library’s full-text content (both electronic and print resources)—an integrated one-stop search experience for a library’s journals, magazines, books, special collections and OPAC.
In addition to a comprehensive and robust collection of metadata from various content sources, EDS is also claimed to provide full indexing from EBSCOhost database subscriptions, as well as many non-EBSCOhost partners. These include NewsBank, Readex, LexisNexis and Alexander Street Press. Superior relationships and licences with academic publishers are seen to make EDS a key service for searching the complete full text of journal articles and other sources. Nearly every major academic publisher is included in EDS, according to EBSCO.
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