IPSWICH, Mass. -- September 30, 2010. H.W. Wilson (Wilson) databases will soon be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) for mutual customers. EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Wilson have enjoyed a working partnership for many years where selected Wilson databases are made available on the EBSCOhost platform. As a natural extension, the two companies have agreed to include the robust metadata of the important Wilson databases available to customers who subscribe to the databases.
Whether accessing these databases via EBSCOhost, directly from Wilson (via WilsonWeb) or from another vendor, those customers who rely on EBSCO Discovery Service to bring more value and usage to their collections will see this value extended to the Wilson databases to which they subscribe.
Wilson joins a long list of publishers and other content partners who are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content, such as: the British Library, Baker & Taylor, NewsBank, Readex, LexisNexis, Alexander Street Press, and Web of Science (for mutual customers). With more partners such as Wilson, the end result is a huge win for EDS customers and their end users as more and more of a library’s collection becomes available through the most powerful searching components—deep indexing, abstracts and full text.
EBSCO Publishing’s President Tim Collins says the goal of discovery is to expose a library’s complete collection to the end users. "This arrangement makes perfect sense for all parties. In the end, it’s about usage. Customers want their collections to become more visible and more heavily utilized. EDS offers that dynamic, and Wilson is now part of the fold for customers who rely on their databases."
EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC - which that is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There’s simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.
The EDS Base Index forms the foundation upon which each EDS subscribing library builds out its custom collection. Beginning with the Base Index, each institution extends the reach of EDS by adding appropriate resources including its catalog, institutional repositories, EBSCOhost and other databases, and additional content sources to which it subscribes. It is this combination that allows a single, comprehensive, custom solution for discovering the value of any library’s collection.
The EDS Base Index is comprised of metadata from the world’s foremost information providers. At present, the EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers. Although constantly growing, today the EDS Base Index provides metadata for nearly 50,000 magazines & journals, approximately 825,000 CDs & DVDs, nearly six million books, more than 100 million newspaper articles, more than 20,000 conference proceedings and hundreds of thousands of additional information sources from various source-types.
About H.W. Wilson
For more than a century, H.W. Wilson (http://www.hwwilson.com) has provided libraries with the highest-quality reference services for libraries around the world. The Company offers 75 databases on the award winning WilsonWeb platform. These include full text databases delivering full articles from thousands of the most important periodicals; retrospective databases offering the complete journalistic record of people, developments and controversies in a wide range of fields; biography databases with in-depth profiles of newsmakers in all areas of endeavor, image data bases and more.
About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 300 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as Academic Search, Business Source, CINAHL, DynaMed, Literary Reference Center, MasterFILE, NoveList, SocINDEX and SPORTDiscus as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as ATLA Religion Database, EconLit, Inspec, MEDLINE, MLA International Bibliography, The Philosopher’s Index, PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. EBSCO is the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service a core collection of locally-indexed metadata creating a unified index of an institution’s resources within a single, customizable search point providing everything the researcher needs in one place—fast, simple access to the library’s full text content, deeper indexing and more full-text searching of more journals and magazines than any other discovery service (www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.