The EBSCO discovery tool has a very good search algorithm and a display that makes it easy to scan the results. It does work with ClinicalKey. It does not search UpToDate, but it's possible to install a widget that can search UTD automatically with a prepopulated search text. 


Basia Delawska-Elliott, MLIS, AHIP
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On 7/12/19, 6:19 AM, "Medical Libraries Discussion List on behalf of Kraft, Michelle" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> wrote:

    Ebsco has a health/medical version of a discovery system that is supposed to be geared towards hospitals and medical libraries. I am told it looks at MeSh, CINAHL headings and other things. 
    We are in the process of implementing it so I can’t tell you how well it works exactly yet. 
    Regardless of whether you choose Ovid or EBSCO there will be databases, ebook and ejournal packages that a discovery product can’t discover because the platforms won’t work with each other.  
    For example: UpToDate won’t work with EBSCO Discovery. ClinicalKey doesn’t work with any discovery platform.  
    If you are looking at implementing a discovery platform you need to know what it will never discover and see if there are work arounds. For example our work around for Clinical Key is to make sure their ebooks are in our catalog.  It isn’t perfect because the catalog record is not as robust as having Clinical Key discoverable but it at least makes sure their ebooks are findable. We don’t worry about CK journals because those are discovered via PubMed (which works on discovery platforms). But if you want all of the consumer health or CK’s other resources then you have to find out how to get them in your catalog because a discovery platform won’t discover them. 
    This is not unique to Ovid, EBSCO, or Clinical Key. It is the result of all different publishers, platforms not working with each other to de-silo resources. 
    Michelle Kraft
    Cleveland Clinic Libraries
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    > On Jul 12, 2019, at 7:34 AM, Sharon Argov, Ed.D. <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
    > Karen,
    > I am in the same position. I plan to choose one in the beginning of the year, so we are evaluating them now. We are about to start a trial of the Ovid Discovery tool. I will let you know how it works for us when the trial is over. As far as pricing, Ebsco is only a little less expensive, so if Ovid is more tilted toward the health sciences and provides us with a better result, we may lean in that direction. I would also like to hear from others. Thanks for bringing this topic up.
    > Thank you.
    > Dr. Sharon Argov, EdD, MLS, AHIP
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    > From: Medical Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Karen Bontekoe
    > Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:39 PM
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    > Subject: Discovery tools
    > Hello MEDLIBers
    > So, many of us of dealing with needing or wanting a Discovery tool. I am in the same boat. I am looking at EBSCO and Ovid. If you know of any others you would recommend I would love to hear about them. I have seen others post questions, but haven't seen a lot of responses or summaries of replies, so if you have those I would love to see them.
    > I would love any feedback on these, but the main thing I really want to know about are items in the Con side of things. The vendors are good at showing how it should work and the pros, but what drawbacks have people had?
    > Thanks in Advance,
    > Karen Bontekoe 
    > Medical Librarian 
    > Kaweah Delta Health Sciences Library 
    > Kaweah Delta Health Care District 
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