EBSCO Discovery Service(TM) Expands German Content with the Addition of Social Sciences Information from SOFIS and SOLIS

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New Agreement will Bring Information on German Theoretical and Empirical Social Research Projects and Social Science Literature to EBSCO Discovery Service™ Users

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The addition of SOFIS and SOLIS demonstrates EBSCO’s effort to continually expand the German content available in EDS. Earlier this year EBSCO signed an agreement with the German National Library of Economics making metadata from ECONIS accessible in EDS.

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has recently signed an agreement with GESIS that will greatly increase the German content available in the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Covering all aspects of German social sciences, Social Science Research Information System (SOFIS) and Social Science Literature Information System (SOLIS) will provide information on German theoretical and empirical social research projects and German social science literature to EDS users.

SOFIS resources contain descriptions of planned, on-going and completed (in the last 10 years) research projects from the Federal Republic of Germany, from Austria and Switzerland in the following disciplines: sociology, political science, social policy, social psychology/psychology, methods in social sciences, communication sciences, economics, education & pedagogics, demography, ethnology, historical social research, social history and labor market & employment research. The database includes more than 50,000 records with approximately 6,000 records added or updated per year.

SOLIS provides more than 423,000 social science publications covering many areas of social sciences as well as interdisciplinary areas such as research on women, research on leisure, gerontology and social welfare. SOLIS draws its content from various sources including journal articles, contributions in compilations, monographs and grey literature.

The addition of SOFIS and SOLIS demonstrates EBSCO’s effort to continually expand the German content available in EDS. Earlier this year, EBSCO signed an agreement with the German National Library of Economics making metadata from ECONIS accessible in EDS. ECONIS is one of the world’s largest databases dedicated to economics and today users are able to access the metadata quickly and easily via EDS’s single, customizable search point.

SOFIS and SOLIS are a part of a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Partners include the world’s largest scholarly journal & book publishers including Elsevier, Wiley Blackwell, Springer Science & Business Media, Taylor & Francis Informa, Sage Publications, and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, World Book, ABC-CLIO, and many others.

The EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers (and growing) in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers, representing far more content providers and publishers than any other discovery service.

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.

EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (http://www.ebscohost.com/discovery/eds-news), and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost® platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There’s simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin™.

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost®, the world’s premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and eBooks. The company provides more than 350 databases and nearly 300,000 eBooks. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service (http://www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: http://www.ebscohost.com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

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