EBSCO and Al Manhal in deal to add Arabic content to EBSCO Discovery Service

Collections from Al Manhal, the largest provider of electronic resources in the Arab world, will be searchable via EBSCO Information Service’s (EBSCO) robust and comprehensive discovery service, EBSCO Discovery Service(EDS). The agreement between EBSCO and Al Manhal will allow metadata for their eBook, eJournals, eReports and eDissertation collections to be added to EDS.

Al Manhal’s eBook Collection includes an exclusive collection of Arabic books available in 10 main subject areas: political science & international relations, business & economics, social sciences, law, language & literature, history, geography & biography, Islamic jurisprudence, Islam & other disciplines, specialized Islamic sciences and educational sciences.

The eJournal database from Al Manhal will also be added to the comprehensive collection of content in EDSand provide users with the most influential journals from leading universities, research institutes and scientific societies in the Arab world. The eJournal content covers humanities and social sciences as well as topics in the science, technical and medical fields. Al Manhal eReports databases include daily aggregated news of the latest regional issues in addition to more in-depth analyses of political, economic and security events in the region, delivered weekly and monthly. eDisserations are written by Arabic students and go through an evaluation process by leading experts before they are published.

Al Manhal is 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, Nature Publishing, IEEE, ACM and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, Encyclopedia Britannica, World Book, ABC-CLIO, The HathiTrust and many others.

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means ofaccessing 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 (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 EBSCOhostplatform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin.