ORCID ID

orcid.org/0000-0003-0477-2828

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

Reference Reviews

Abstract

This review allows librarians to compare three of the major discovery services–EBSCO Discovery Service, Ex Libris’ Primo and Serials Solutions’ Summon–on the basis of price, content, user experience, features and functionality and back-end configuration to make informed decisions about the best tool for their institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

The comparisons were made through a literature review, study of the vendors’ websites, several interviews and personal usability testing of each tool.

Findings

The tools each have their strengths and weaknesses, and a decision of which tool is most appropriate for an institution varies depending on the institution’s needs and current situation.

Originality/value

A literature review shows that no study has yet been conducted comparing these three discovery tools, and few comparative studies of discovery tools have been published recently.

Original Citation

Discovery Search Tools: A Comparative Study. Reference Reviews. 28:6 (2014).

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/RR-12-2013-0312

Version

Postprint

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.

Volume

28

Issue

6

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