Ebsco Publishing

EBSCO Publishing
Subsidiary of EBSCO Industries
Industry Publishing
Founded 1984
Headquarters Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
Products NetLibrary, EBSCOhost
Website http://www.ebscohost.com/

EBSCO Publishing, headquartered in Ipswich, Massachusetts, is an aggregator of full-text content. EBSCO Publishing's core business is providing online databases via EBSCOhost to libraries. EBSCO Publishing offers full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and e-books. The company provides more than 375 databases and more than 350,000 e-books. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (academic, medical, K-12, public library, corporate, government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

The company’s core business is providing online databases to libraries. EBSCO provides over 375 full-text and secondary databases. Content for these databases include full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports, e-books, business book summaries and other publication types.

EBSCO Publishing will merge with EBSCO Information Services on 1 July 2013. The merged business will operate as EBSCO Information Services.[1]


EBSCO Publishing was established in 1984 as an independent company with two employees called Data Base Communications Corp. In 1987 the company was purchased by EBSCO Industries and its name was changed to EBSCO Publishing. By 2007 it had grown to employ approximately 750 people.[2] The company became embroiled in some negative publicity following its treatment of staff in Dublin, Ireland, after it took over the HW Wilson Company in 2011.[3] The issue was settled in October 2012.[4]


  • Databases: EBSCO provides a range of library database services. Many of the databases, such as Medline and EconLit, are licensed from content vendors. Others, such as Academic Search, MasterFILE, and Environment Complete, are content licensed directly from publishers and compiled by EBSCO.
  • Indexing and search: The company provides a solution to create a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, and a means of accessing all that content from a single search box. The ability to create these custom solutions is achieved by harvesting metadata from both internal and external sources, and then creating a preindexed service.
  • It provides DRM-protected audio and DRM-protected audiobooks through subsidiary NetLibrary, which it bought in 2010 from Online Computer Library Center, who had purchased it in 2002. It competes in this market with OverDrive’s Digital Library Reserve.


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