EBSCO’s “Super” LIS Database

EBSCO Publishing has just announced the release of Library & Information Science Source (LISS), one of several new “super” databases that merge EBSCO’s existing LIS content with H.W. Wilson’s.

Developed “by librarians for librarians” and designed to “help researchers find the latest information in a rapidly evolving field,” LISS covers librarianship from every angle imaginable and offers full text for over 430 journals and 30 monographs. It also includes thesauri with nearly 11,000 terms and indexing for hundreds of journals, books, research reports, proceedings, and even library school theses.  According to a press release from EBSCO, this is the first time the entire Wilson indexing collection of LIS literature is available within a single database.

LISS is a combination of two well-known products to librarians—Wilson’s  Library & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983 and EBSCO’s Libraries, & Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text—with Wilson’s well-regarded LIS content serving as the foundation of the new database. A wide variety of subjects relevant in the LIS field is covered, including everything from classification, cataloging, automation, bibliometrics, and online information retrieval to copyright, preservation, library associations, publishing, and YA literature.

EBSCO’s other “super” databases

LISS is one of several “super” databases that combine EBSCO’s content with Wilson’s (acquired by EBSCO in 2011). Education Source and Applied Science & Technology Source came out earlier this month, while Humanities Source and Art Source will be released in the coming weeks, followed by Legal Source and Biography Source. As with LISS, each of the other new databases merges EBSCO’s and Wilson’s content on the same subject and under one electronic umbrella.

Libraries already subscribing to existing EBSCO and/or Wilson databases should know that those smaller products will continue to be available separately. According to a note on EBSCO’s web site, “while the new, merged ‘super’ databases will be made available at an additional cost, customers will NOT be required to upgrade. For example, a customer of Art Abstracts or Art Full Text will not be required to upgrade to Art Source, because Art Abstracts and Art Full Text will continue to be sold separately.”

The LIS Database Market

With the release of this mega product on library and information science, EBSCO has positioned itself as a leading provider of LIS electronic content in the United States. While the LIS database market isn’t as crowded as others, particularly those in the humanities and science, where EBSCO’s “super” databases” face strong competition, libraries acquiring LIS content still have options. Many will welcome a product with the scope of LISS, which may be all they need access to, but others may be more inclined to own several smaller collections. Below is a listing of a few useful guides on how various LIS databases and collections stack up.



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