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.
EBSCO recognizes the importance of being able to accurately determine the source of user traffic. When users link directly from origin to destination, it is easy to see what site is sending traffic your way. However, when users link from origin through another site and then on to the destination, it becomes more difficult to capture the details needed to ascertain where the user started.
Consider that there are many flights available from LA to Boston, some of which go direct and others that stop in Denver, Chicago, and Philadelphia. All flights will get you to your destination, but those flights with layovers present a challenge for the person who has to pick you up at the airport, because those flight will show you coming from Chicago and not LA. The same is true for publishers attempting to trace the ultimate origin of their site’s incoming traffic.
Link resolvers such as Full Text Finder (EBSCO), SFX (Ex Libris), and 360 Link (Serial Solutions) often act as intermediaries in connecting discovery services to sites containing the full text, and the fact that link resolvers and discovery services may be available from the same companies but not necessarily used in concert by libraries causes further confusion. For example, if a library subscribes to EBSCO Discovery Service and uses SFX for their linking, publishers may attribute incoming traffic erroneously to Ex Libris.
EBSCO has developed a fact sheet to help familiarize publishers with the topic and the aspects involved in identifying user origin. In addition, EBSCO has initiated a conversation with NISO with the goal of forming industry-wide recommendations for tracking incoming traffic. See the fact sheet in the Quick Links section on this page labeled EDS Origin Identifier Fact Sheet for more information.
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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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.