Subject Indexes in Discovery – What Should You Know?

Library Resources | November 01, 2018

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One of the main goals of a discovery platform is to connect library users with the most relevant content for their research. Subject indexes in discovery can help achieve this.

Leading subject indexes provide critical information for academic research. An article in EBSCOpost,Search Subject Indexes for Targeted Results”, indicates that the work done by experts in the field to curate and classify materials (journal articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, etc.) and develop field-specific controlled vocabularies has tremendous value. This value can be extended and leveraged through a discovery platform.  Learn three ways that subject indexes in discovery can create a comprehensive and powerful research experience.

Improves Relevancy

One of the main goals of a discovery platform is to connect library users with the most relevant content for their research; subject indexes in discovery can help improve relevancy. Subject indexes contain highly detailed, controlled vocabularies, linking concepts with different terminology. A discovery platform like EBSCO Discovery Service™ includes complex mapping technology to connect and leverage controlled vocabulary, delivering the most relevant information to users.

One of the main goals of a discovery platform is to connect library users with the most relevant content for their research. Subject indexes in discovery can help improve relevancy.

Provides Quality

Subject indexes in discovery are only as good as their quality. A discovery service should utilize subject matter experts who perform quality checks on new topical subject headings for accuracy and appropriateness. In addition, continuous evaluation of indexing procedures and processes helps to avoid duplication or misspellings in subject headings, ultimately providing the best quality search experience in the discovery platform.

Delivers Depth

To deliver depth to the content that is available in a discovery platform, partnering and implementing top subject indexes in discovery brings content to the next level. Whether it is the Modern Language Association, American Mathematical Society, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, American Psychological Association (to name a few), you can rest assured knowing that your library end-users are exploring an unmatched breadth of content.

When it comes to improving relevancy, providing quality and a depth to content, subject indexes in discovery is the best path to improving research. Find out more about how EBSCO Discovery Service utilizes subject indexes to create the most powerful research experience in the market.

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