IPSWICH, Mass. — March 27, 2012 — Seton Hall University in New Jersey has started to implement EBSCO Publishing's EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to provide its users with better, faster and more convenient access to their library resources. Seton Hall evaluated other discovery services but the selection committee unanimously chose EDS as its discovery service due to EDS's superior index, facet features and ability to seamlessly integrate the catalog.
EDS was able to deliver everything on Seton Hall's wish list including a single search, a way to promote the library to students as well as other departments and provide more access to the library collection in a convenient way.
The library was particularly impressed with EDS's facet feature which helps users refine their search. Facets (also known as clusters) appear in the left column of the EDS result list and can be used to limit the results that appear. Seton Hall's Systems Librarian, Xue-Ming Bao says "We were very pleased with the facet features offered in EDS, especially the subject facet drill down. This will allow our users to narrow their search and easily find exactly what they are looking for. The facet features and customization capability of EDS sets it apart from other services."
The library is in the process of integrating the institutional repository into EDS. The repository can then be fully searched alongside all other EDS resources/content.
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 Base Index for EBSCO Discovery Service 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 64,000 magazines & journals, approximately 825,000 CDs & DVDs, nearly six million books, more than 320 million newspaper articles, more than 400,000 conference proceedings and hundreds of thousands of additional information sources from various source-types.
About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and eBooks. The company provides more than 350 databases and nearly 300,000 eBooks. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of 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.