IPSWICH, Mass. — July 10, 2009 — Federates Search tools have not lived up to the expectations they originally were designed to meet. As a result, librarians and end users have grown frustrated with these services. EBSCO Publishing is introducing EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS) to change the federated search landscape.
Like traditional federated search tools, EHIS is able to simultaneously search EBSCOhost databases along with all other electronic resources, including OPACs, publisher packages as well as resources from other database aggregators. However, EBSCOhost is one of the most used research platforms and offers users a well-know search experience. The easy-to-use features and functionality within EBSCOhost provide users with one simple and intuitive starting place for integrated searching.
Research shows that many federated search customers are unhappy with four components of traditional federated search products—Search Quality, Search Speed, Customer Service and Cost. EBSCOhost Integrated Search solves these problems by using the strength of the familiar and intuitive EBSCOhost interface.
In addition to simultaneously searching all electronic resources, EBSCOhost provides features that are available for any database from any vendor to improve search results. These features include:
- Basic and Advanced Search functionality
- Subject Clustering
- Sorting results by relevancy or date
- Date Slide limiter
- Add to Folder options
- Use of Custom Links
Fast response times are possible with EBSCOhost Integrated Search. EHIS allows for a tiered approach to viewing results which enables fast information retrieval for the top resources as determined by each library. Users are no longer forced to wait for the slowest resources to determine when results will be returned—eliminating the lowest common denominator issue.
EBSCOhost Integrated Search allows libraries to integrate all of their electronic resources into one central location, eliminating end-user confusion and providing librarians with additional resources. These resources are delivered via a platform they already know so training is not an issue.
Librarians may use EBSCOadmin to set up databases in EBSCOhost Integrated Search. EBSCOadmin may also be used to customize the way users see and access EHIS, to generate usage reports and label the databases to make searching easier for the end user. Access may be provided through a search box on the library’s website or via the EBSCOhost interface.
EBSCO will allow libraries to connect to EBSCOhost databases without a connector fee. The cost savings of these free connectors reduces the total number of connectors making EBSCOhost Integrated Search a cost effective search solution. The use of the familiar EBSCOhost interface also saves on training costs since EHIS is an extension of EBSCOhost and not a new interface.
More information is available at www.ebscohost.com/integrate. Read more about EHIS and EBSCO Discovery Service at www.ebscohost.com.
About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of nearly 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. 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.