EBSCO Discovery Service Koha Plugin: New Features and Apps

Alvet Miranda -  EBSCO Information Services, Australia


EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) brings together the most comprehensive collection of content—including superior indexing from top subject indexes, high-end full text and the entire library collection—all within an unparalleled full-featured, customizable discovery layer experience.

It is the only Discovery service working with Koha and the EDS Koha Plugin turns Koha into a Discovery front-end offering a streamlined search experience across the catalogue, the library’s online subscriptions/databases, and more.

This paper presents how the plugin can be configured easily using EBSCO Admin and Koha Admin to:

1)         Enable Research Starters (offers short, citable summaries and authoritative overviews of more than 64,000 of the most popular topics)

2)         Enable Publication Finder (A to Z knowledgebase) and search within publication

3)         Set Default Search Modes and Limiters

In addition, EDS’ functionality can be extended using select Apps from the EBSCO App Store such as:

1)         Google Analytics with event tracking to capture and analyse user interaction such as search terms, enable/disable limiters, popular titles etc.

2)         Item Exact Match Recommender to display search term driven resources as a way to help users find what they are looking for.