Not All Records Are Created Equal

Unparalleled Depth of Indexing

EBSCO Discovery Service returns superior search results because of the depth of superior metadata available. Side-by-side searches with other discovery services prove that EDS provides more in-depth indexing for the clear majority of journals and magazines. Whether or not a library subscribes to an index on EBSCOhost, high-quality subject indexing (from controlled vocabularies) is always prevalent within EDS, and massive backfiles are included in many cases.

The unmatched quantity of searchable full text available via EDS is an important complement to its superior depth of indexing.

Highest-Quality Metadata of Any Discovery Service

Unlike other discovery services that may primarily rely on "thin" metadata for their indexed content (mostly comprised of table of contents information/article titles), EBSCO Discovery Service draws upon EBSCO's extensive publisher relationships to feature a far more robust collection of rich metadata for most indexed content, ensuring that users can obtain the most relevant search results for their queries.

Rich metadata found in EDS includes:
  • Subject headings
  • Author abstracts
  • Author keywords
  • Author affiliations
  • Geographic terms
  • Full-text of articles
  • Article titles
  • Author(s)
  • Journals/Sources

Relevancy-Ranked Results Speed Users to the Information that Matters Most

EBSCO Discovery Service search results are returned in order of relevance to quickly provide researchers with the information that is most applicable to their needs. To help ensure that search results are ranked in the most relevant order possible, EDS employs a comprehensive ranking system.