[Eril-l] Discovery Comparison

Melissa Belvadi mbelvadi at upei.ca
Tue Nov 21 08:58:07 PST 2017

I saw at a conference an attempt at such a comparison but found it
worthless because, as others have noted, some discovery services,
especially EBSCO's, is very highly customizable as to content as well as
even some relevance features, and the particular study I saw presented made
vastly different judgments than we do about the content. We're a
"everything plus the kitchen sink" type of profile for our main profile,
and they were a "locked down to only what content we have licensed" and
that makes a huge difference.  Also EBSCO's discovery service is tightly
integrated with EBSCO subscriptions in terms of full text linkages, as well
as EBSCOhost databases for content, so you have a totally different search
experience if you use someone else as your main database platform for third
party databases like PsycINFO (eg Gale or Proquest) or someone else as your
subscription agent.

Melissa Belvadi
Collections Librarian
University of Prince Edward Island
mbelvadi at upei.ca 902-566-0581
my public calendar

On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 12:27 PM, Eduardo Gil <gile at mail.montclair.edu>

> I would also like to know the results and suggestions.
> Thank you all
> Ed
> On 11/17/2017 1:24 PM, Bonnie Powers wrote:
> Good afternoon-
> Has anyone conducted a comprehensive comparison of search results from
> OCLC Discovery and EDS? Looking for both insight from any such testing as
> well as guidance on how to go about comparing the two. We are a WMS library
> currently using Discovery only.
> Best,
> Bonnie
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