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EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing is a company that provides serial content in the form of online bibliographic and full text databases such as EBSCOhost, which can be accessed after purchasing a subscription. EBSCO is popular among libraries, schools, and other institutions. The headquarters is located in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

The company is a subsidiary of EBSCO Industries.


EBSCOhost is a subscription-based service provided by EBSCO Publishing. It is widely-accessible via private and public databases in libraries and schools. EBSCOhost is an umbrella term for various other databases which provide full text searches and abstracts of magazines, newspapers and reference books in a variety of subject areas, updated on a daily basis. Libraries and other institutions subscribe to EBSCOhost, and optionally choose one or more of the offered databases as part of their subscription. Customers can then search all of the subscribed databases, or focus their search on a subset.

Some databases have overlapping information, and are targeted to different sectors of the market, such as libraries, K-12 schools, corporations, government institutions, universities, or medical institutions. As of 2008, over 200 possible databases are available, such as:

  • Academic Search Elite: Full text for over 3,500 journals, most of which are peer-reviewed titles, some dating back to 1985
  • MasterFILE Elite: covers general reference, business, and health.
  • MasterFILE Premier: Full text for more than 1,750 general reference publications, some dating back to 1975, plus 500 full text reference books, full text from 86,019 biographies, 105,787 full text primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 293,480 photos, maps and flags.
  • Primary Search: Targeted towards elementary school students
  • EBSCO Animals: Coverage of common animals, including their habitats
  • EBSCO Online Citations: Access to electronic journals and articles from EBSCO Online
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, with 25,000 encyclopedic entries
  • Business Source Premier
  • Columbia Granger's Poetry Database
  • History Reference Center
  • MagillOnLiterature Plus, produced by Salem Press, a combination of "MagillOnLiterature" and "MagillOnAuthors", a database with literary works, critical analyses, plot summaries, author biographies, and author essays.
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition: Full text for over 500 high school magazines, 360 reference books, over 85,000 biographies, 104,000 primary source documents, and hundreds of thousands of photos, maps, flags, and full text backfiles to 1975 for key magazines.
  • Military and Government Collection
  • Newspaper Source
  • Regional Business News

Health databases

A few of the databases targeting the health reference sector:

  • Health Source Plus: Coverage of health issues.
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • USP DI Volume II, Advice for the Patient: Provides drug information organized into subsections on brands, usage information, precautions, and side effects.
  • Clinical Reference Systems: Information about symptoms, treatments, risks and after-effects of various medical conditions
  • AltHealthWatch


EBSCO A-to-Z, different from EBSCOhost, is a tool marketed to libraries. It allows the libraries to list all of their electronic resources, including journals, databases, electronic books, and any other local resources, into one database which represents data from all major database vendors and publishers, with information on over 216,000 unique titles from nearly 2,000 databases and e-journal packages. Clients can then search for any journal or resource and see which database it is in.

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