EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) is an online portal that allows patrons to search their institution’s subscriptions and resources as well as content indexed by EBSCO. If an institution subscribes to content indexed on EDS, the patron can follow a link through EDS to the content provider with the access provided by their subscription. If an institution does not subscribe to content indexed on EDS, the patron will see the bibliographic data on EDS but will not be able to access full content on the content provider’s site. EDS users can then inquire about a subscription with the content provider or request that their institution do so.
For detailed information about formatting specifications and delivery standards, please see our Submission Guidelines for EDS Databases in the Quick Links.
Please contact our Databases Publisher Content Management group at EISPCMdatabases@ebsco.com. One of our PCM Database Specialists will investigate your inquiry and reach out with more information.
We accept the following formats for metadata:
For full text, we accept the following formats:
At this time, we cannot accept any Excel files (.csv or .xls), image files, or EPUBs.
Yes, as of 2013, all full text contracts automatically feature inclusion on EDS. If you signed your full text contract prior to 2013, contact our content management team through this web form to indicate that you would like to expand your journal(s) or ebooks to be included on EDS.
There are currently more than 200 databases included in EDS.
We need your full text in order to make it searchable by keywords. We do not display this full text; it is only used internally to ensure your content will be as discoverable as possible by leveraging keywords in the full text to contribute to our relevancy ranking search algorithm.
We only accept digitized content for use in EDS.
EBSCO’s EDS Partner Database questionnaire asks for information on your database content formats, elements, and delivery methods available for sending electronic data to EBSCO for inclusion in EDS.
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EDS helps to increase usage and value of content.
There’s no set syntax that works with all content and for all publishers, but here are some general guidelines:
Direct links that go from EDS to the same record on your platform are ideal. Links that rely on going to your site and running a search are not.
CustomLinks are an EBSCO feature that dynamically creates links from an EDS search result to related information on another web site. CustomLinks allow the library to provide seamless integration of the user’s EDS session with the library’s online subscriptions, link resolver, or other web-based services.
CustomLinks use specific metadata in the EDS record, such as author, journal name, ISSN, or title, to construct the link. The accuracy of the link will depend on the quality of the record’s metadata and your platform’s ability to accept the link.
For more information about CustomLinks, please view the EDS Publisher Linking Recommendations document in the Quick Links section.