[Eril-l] Discovery tools and Ebsco/ProQuest

Benjamin Thomas Bradley bbradle1 at umd.edu
Tue Aug 28 06:50:47 PDT 2018

Coming from the WorldCat Discovery side of things, I would add that while
OCLC might have a position as a neutral vendor when it comes to indexing
content, that relationship still requires ProQuest and EBSCO share that
metadata with OCLC to be indexed. You might find some content in WorldCat
Discovery from ProQuest that isn't available in EDS, but you're not going
to find all of it in WorldCat Discovery (especially things like ProQuest's
Dissertations and Theses Global database).

If a vendor doesn't contribute metadata, WorldCat still may have master
records contributed by libraries which at least makes those items
discoverable (based on searches in WorldCat, there's an estimated 1 million
or so theses and dissertations available in WorldCat of the 4 million or so
available in PQDT). However, your link resolver still needs to be able to
direct users from the record to the item, and it doesn't make up for
article/chapter level metadata.

I've heard that EBSCO can create widgets that when clicked on by a user
after running a search, directs them to the database to see the search
results from that database. It doesn't sound like the solution you're
looking for, but it might be a little helpful.

On Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 9:03 AM Melissa Belvadi <mbelvadi at upei.ca> wrote:

> It doesn't exist. The two companies are competitors, to say the least.
> What I've heard from EBSCO (we have EDS) is that they've reached out to
> Proquest to try to work out some kind of metadata sharing agreement but
> that Proquest has refused to talk with them about it.  I haven't heard
> Proquest's side of the dispute. But for now the two companies have
> absolutely no agreement in place to share each's proprietary metadata with
> the other's discovery service.
> At best you can at least select the holdings for all of Proquest's full
> text/media content (or almost all) in EBSCO's holdings management, so that
> if there is metadata from another source available in EDS, the "full text"
> limiter will know you have it and you'll have links to get to it.
> Melissa Belvadi
> Collections Librarian
> University of Prince Edward Island
> mbelvadi at upei.ca 902-566-0581
> my public calendar
> <http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=mbelvadi%40upei.ca&ctz=America/Halifax&mode=week>
> Make an appointment <https://mbelvadi.youcanbook.me/>
> On Sun, Aug 26, 2018 at 10:51 AM Tenglund, Ann <ATENG at sbu.edu> wrote:
>> Does anyone use a discovery tool that will fully load metadata from both
>> Ebsco and ProQuest and search both of them?
>> We have great content from both Ebsco and ProQuest and would like our
>> students to be able to find the content from both vendors in one search.
>> We currently use the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS), which works well for
>> us, but it cannot load ProQuest metadata, so the only ProQuest resources
>> that show are the links out to full-text if an article was indexed in
>> another covered database but was available in full-text in ProQuest.
>> Unique ProQuest content does not display in EDS.  As I understand it, the
>> reverse situation is true in ProQuest’s Summon tool (Ebsco content is not
>> searched).
>> Our EbscoHost Integrated Search (EHIS) tool also does not seem to search
>> ProQuest, even though the integrated search tool performs a search against
>> other databases, rather than storing and indexing metadata from each.
>> I thought I’d tap the collective wisdom to see what others have that
>> might get around this problem.
>> Thanks,
>> Ann
>> --
>> Ann M. Tenglund
>> Director of the Library
>> Friedsam Memorial Library
>> St. Bonaventure University
>> 3261 West State Road
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Benjamin Bradley
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University of Maryland Libraries

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e-mail: bbradle1 at umd.edu

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