Ohiolink ebsco discovery Service (eds) Frequently Asked Questions (faq)

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EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

OhioLINK announced December 2012 that its Discovery Layer Task Force selected EBSCO as the service provider for OhioLINK’s Discovery Layer project, ITN #600412 (http://www.ohiolink.edu/about/pr/pr20121214.pdf). OhioLINK is working with EBSCO Publishing to launch not more than fifteen (15) EDS sites each quarter.
Following is a growing list containing frequently asked questions about this project. New questions will be added at the bottom of this document and stored on the Ostaff page at https://www.ohiolink.edu/ostaff/eds/.

1. How can my library prepare for its EDS implementation?
See https://www.ohiolink.edu/ostaff/OhioLINK_EDS_prep_checklist.pdf for details. In this EDS preparation checklist, you will find: documentation about training; linking from your catalog; preparing your catalog; training materials; and library branding.

2. Is EDS an annual subscription based on the calendar year?

Yes, annual subscriptions run on the calendar year. If you need billing prior to implementation, please contact Julie Blake (Julie@ohiolink.edu). After implementation, OhioLINK will bill the annual fee. Annual fees are not prorated. Your annual subscription fee remains unchanged until December 31, 2018.

3. Our library isn’t participating in EDS. Will we still get the link resolver, Link Source & A–Z?

Yes, EBSCO has agreed to install A-Z and Link Source for all OhioLINK institutions, regardless of participation in EDS.

4. When will our library get Link Source and A – Z implemented at our library?

A firm date has yet to be determined. More information will be available by the end of January 2013. To help plan please see  http://support.ebscohost.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6000 (Note the "atoz_upload_template.xlsz" located at the bottom of this page.)

5. What databases can we search through EDS? 

All current subscriptions for EBSCO databases will be available through EDS.

6. What other OhioLINK resources will be available through EDS?
In addition to providing a central instance of the OhioLINK central catalog for each participating library, EDS will also include the Electronic Journal Center (EJC), the Electronic Theses and Dissertation Center (ETD), the Electronic Book Center (EBC), the OhioLINK Music Center, the Digital Resource Commons (DRC), and the Electronic Finding Aid Repository (EAD).
7. What other (new) EBSCO databases can we search through EDS?
EBSCO will provide, at no additional charge, the following 27 additional databases for each OhioLINK institution participating in EDS:
Applied Science & Technology with Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

Art & Architecture Complete

Associates Programs Source

Biological & Agricultural Index Plus (H.W. Wilson)

Business Abstracts with Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

Caribbean Search

Central & Eastern European Academic Source

Energy & Power Source

Entrepreneurial Studies Source

Essay & General Literature Index (H.W. Wilson)

Food Science Source

Human Resources Abstracts

Humanities with Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

Humanities Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)

International Security & Counter-Terrorism Reference Center

Jewish Studies Source

Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts

Peace Research Abstracts

Play Index, (H.W. Wilson)

Political Science Complete

Public Affairs Index

Race Relations Abstracts

Risk Management Reference Center

Shock & Vibration Digest

Short Story Index (H.W. Wilson)

Vocational Studies Premier

8. What EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS) connectors are available through EDS?
EBSCO will provide, free of charge, two (2) EHIS connectors per participating site, as long as EBSCO has already built a particular connector for EHIS. Additional EHIS connectors cost $200 per connector per site per year, as long as EBSCO has already built a particular connector for EHIS. The top 20 EHIS connectors now used with EDS are:
1. MathSciNet

2. ebrary

3. Elsevier Compendex

4. PQ Dissertations and Theses A&I

5. PQ Dissertations and Theses Full text

6. Proquest Newsstand

7. Proquest Historical Newspaper New York Times

8. Proquest Historical Newspaper Wall Street Journal

9 Proquest ABI/Inform Global

10. Proquest ABI/Inform Complete

11. Films on Demand

12. Gale Virtual Reference Library

13. Gale Academic One File

14. CIAO

15. Ovid Journals

16. Factiva

17. Lexis Nexis Academic (Licensed for EDS, but awaiting data from publisher)

18. OCLC WorldCat (customer can implement WorldCat in EDS Detail Record)

19. Oxford Reference (currently waiting for a new connector)

20. MD Consult

9. What’s the main difference between a federated search and a discovery layer?

Discovery layers search library catalogues, databases, institutional repositories and other collections. Federated search tools search library catalogues and databases.

A major difference between them is that discovery layers index and search, while federated search tools search on the fly. This contributes to discovery layers’ higher speed during searches, but also to the higher level of maintenance they require. (Source: http://www.eln.bc.ca/view.php?id=1973)

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