May 17, 2022

New: Chart Showing How EBSCO and H.W. Wilson Databases Will Be Combined to Create "Super Databases" & Other Notes

EBSCO has shared with us a bit more info about the merger with H.W. Wilson that was announced yesterday.


  • “Bringing together technology and other operations such as working closely with editorial teams to leverage the best of both worlds across Wilson and EBSCO databases, collaboration among product management teams to enable the development of new “super” databases, and more.”
  • EBSCO Publishing’s Ipswich, Massachusetts headquarters offers room for expansion and is the logical choice for streamlining physical operations.”

Database Synergies

  • Databases From H.W. Wilson Complement Existing EBSCO Databases
  • EBSCO Can Leverage Wilson Indexing
  • End Users Gain Additional Content, More Access to Full-Text

Here’s a Chart that Shows How Wilson and EBSCO Databases Will Be Combined to Create “Super” Databases

(Chart Courtesy of EBSCO)

Fast Facts About Databases:

  • Concurrent Access Will Be Available As the Wilson Databases are Loaded on to EBSCOhost Until End of Each Library’s Subscription Period
  • The Loading of the Wilson Databases Has Begun and EBSCO’s Goal is To Have Them All Loaded By the End of 2011
  • The Super Databases are Expected to Debut in Spring 2012
  • Over Time Wilson Web Platform Will Be Phased Out
  • An Example of How Wilson Indexing Will Be Used With EBSCOhost

WilsonWeb keyword searches match against their controlled vocabularies and return results from “use for” terms. For example, a keyword search for “Burma” also returns results on “Myanmar” (the official name of the country), because “Myanmar” is a USE FOR term for “Burma”. This functionality is being added to EBSCOhost, not only for all Wilson databases, but also for all EBSCO-owned databases. The automatic searching of Use For’s and See Also’s will also be applied to EBSCO Discovery Service.

  • “New Unique Content?” Additional material that can be licensed and made accessible through one of the Super Databases.
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