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Content: What is in Discover GALILEO / EBSCO Discovery?

Alternate Question(s):

What is searched by Discover GALILEO?
How do I know what is being searched by Discover GALILEO? What is the source of the content in Discover GALILEO?


Discovery is different than traditional database searching or federated searching. Discovery tools search a master index that is collected and maintained from multiple sources on an ongoing basis – both databases and publisher information – which is then searched in real-time. The EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) provides an index that includes metadata from journal publishers as well as other sources. In addition, database content from the EBSCOhost platform as well as third-party indexes can be included, in some cases without subscription. Based on agreement with the publishers, third-party sources may or may not provide searching of the full text of the content.

EBSCO Discovery Service is made available through a “profile” in EBSCO admin in which these resources can be enabled for searching or not and can also include additional content such as library catalogs and digital collections. Each GALILEO community (USG, TCSG, AMPALS, GPALS, Public Libraries - GPLS, Public K12, Private K12, Public Teen, Private Teen, and Kids) has community profiles defined in each institution’s account at EBSCO for use in the Discover GALILEO search. Each library’s default user view in GALILEO (scholar, library, or high school) searches their community profile. For example, a USG library will search the USG profile in the Scholar user view, while an AMPALS, GPALS, or TCSG library will search their respective community profile in the Scholar user view.

In addition, for all libraries, the Library user view searches the public library community profile, and for all libraries except private K12, the High School and Teen user views search the Public K12 and Public Teen profiles, respectively. An additional profile has been defined for all libraries, “Kids”; this profile is used for the search box on the GALILEO Elementary page. Original baseline content included in each profile is shown in this table.

Therefore, what a particular user sees in their discovery results can vary based on which sources were included in the search profile in EBSCO admin, which GALILEO user view is being searched, which limiters were applied, and the user’s institutional subscriptions as well as GALILEO’s. In some cases, EBSCO can and will include content by default that libraries have purchased through their local EBSCOhost agreements. However, as libraries are localizing the Discovery service during the localization phase and ongoing, it is even more difficult to summarize the content that is being “discovered.”

For a given user, a quick way to understand what is included in a given search is to select the “Limit by Database” limiter in the lower left of the results screen and click “Show More.” The modal window that pops up will list the collections (in addition to the discovery index) that were included in that particular search. See screen shot here.

Please note that EBSCO continues to add and rearrange content and that individual institutions may have access to additional sources through local subscriptions with EBSCO or others that can be configured during the localization phase. Libraries will also be able to create different profiles for local use during the localization phase.


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Last Updated: Wed, March 05, 2014 - 10:42:57