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Mapúa Library ramps up search system via EBSCO Discovery Service

As part of its goal to provide users with the “best research experience possible,” the Electronic Resources and Information Services (ERIS) section of Mapúa Institute of Technology’s Library in Intramuros, Manila has announced that it is now using the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) on a “trial basis.”

The provider of EDS is the EBSCO Publishing, the leading database and e-book provider for libraries and other institutions.

Mr. Josefino Jalos, country manager of EBSCO Publishing for Philippines and Indochina, said EDS gives users an easy and faster access to Mapúa Library’s entire collections - both in electronic and print formats - via a single search box.

EDS also offers superior full-text searching and indexing of journals and magazines, said Mr. Jalos, who conducted training on EDS at Mapúa on October 15.

ERIS head Ms. Arlene Alonzo shared that Mapúa Library has been subscribing to a number of databases to enhance its services.

“We’re also providing links to open access as well as trial databases. There are so many search entry points, thus, making it harder to locate resources. Our users are accustomed to using Google and I can see that it gets a bit frustrating for them when they have to open another database and do the search again. This is a problem that we want to solve ever since we started subscribing to online databases,” said Ms. Alonzo.

“Every day we deal with clients asking assistance as to how to do a search. What we want is something that would cross-search all our databases and would produce integrated search results,” she added. “Through EDS, we can make our collections even more accessible to our clients.”

“Every day we deal with clients asking assistance as to how to do a search. What we want is something that would cross-search all our databases and would produce integrated search results,” she added. “Through EDS, we can make our collections even more accessible to our clients.”

ERIS, located on the 2nd floor of the Southwest Building, holds multimedia, reference and special collections. ERIS offers chat reference service, online databases access and electronic board.

To go to EDS, click here.

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