Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Trials of databases on EBSCOhost

If we adopt EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) it will make sense to switch any abstracting and indexing databases that we currently take through other platforms to EBSCO instead (where possible). This will mean that they will be searched by the main EDS search, rather than having to bring in search results through its federated search component.

We are currently trialling all of the databases that it would be possible to switch to EBSCO. These all renew at different times of the year. The first to renew (with links to try them on the EBSCO platform) are, next month:

British Nursing Index

Taking these on the EBSCO platform would reunite them with Cinahl and allow us to
simultaneously search AMED, BNI and Cinahl, even without recourse to EBSCO Discovery Service.

The other databases that could be switched between now and this time next year are (with links to try them on the EBSCO platform):

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
GeoRef and GeoRef In-Process
Global Health
Index to legal Periodical & Books
MLA International Bibliography
Philosopher’s Index
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

If you use any of these databases please try them out on the EBSCO platform and please leave your comments below - specifying which database(s) you are referring to! You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

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