IPSWICH, Mass. — November 16, 2015 — Wuhan University, located in Wuhan, Hubei, China, has opted to replace Primo Central with EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services to provide a more powerful user experience through broader content and greater functionality. Wuhan University is ranked in the Top 15 best universities in China according to US News & World Report and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Wuhan University is also ranked as the number1 academy per the 2015/2016 ranking studies done by Research Center for China Science Evaluation (RCCSE) and Network of Science and Education Evaluation in China (NSEAC), on the discipline of Library and Information Science as well as Archives Management.
According to Liu Xia, Deputy Head Librarian at Wuhan University, Primo Central was not meeting all their research needs. “Before implementing EDS, we used to have Primo Central from Ex Libris for free. However, in many aspects, such as library holdings integration, coverage of Chinese resources and platform functionalities, Primo Central was not able to completely meet our requirements.”
In order to provide a better overall search experience for its staff and students, the library launched a thorough evaluation of discovery solutions. The content and functionality of EDS impressed librarians as well as research users. “In our evaluation, we found that EDS has a relatively higher coverage of our famous scholars' publications (ex. academician, common scholars, national outstanding youth, etc.) than any other discovery service,” said Xia. “EDS covers 100 percent of the top 10 international journals in each of our nine key disciplines.”
Xia adds that the usability of EDS also brings value to our users. “EDS has a clean, user friendly and powerful search platform. Users can choose multiple options in facets search and define relevance and available page layouts. This is very convenient and time-saving for readers when they are trying to search and find what they need.”
At the conclusion of their assessment of discovery services, results showed that 74 percent of users consider EDS the best discovery service for searching foreign language resources and they majority said if users can only choose one platform, they recommend EDS. Wuhan University listened and chose EDS.
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 its relevance and value ranking technology.
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EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 750,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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