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Saturday, November 7 • 9:45am - 10:30am
Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service, and Google Scholar: Comparing Search Performance Using User Queries

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When the NCSU Libraries initially subscribed to the Summon Discovery Service in 2009, there were few other competitors on the market and none offered an API interface that could be used to populate the Articles portion of our QuickSearch application (http://search.lib.ncsu.edu/). Since then, EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) has emerged as a viable competitor. Using a random sample of actual user searches and bootstrap randomization tests, the NCSU Libraries’ Web-Scale Discovery Product Team conducted a study to compare the search performance of Summon, EDS and Google Scholar.

This session will discuss both the study methods and the results. Attendees will learn about methods that they could apply at their own institutions as well as how the Summon, EDS and Google Scholar fared in the comparison.

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John Vickery

Analytics Coordinator & Collection Manager for Social Sciences, NCSU Libraries
John Vickery is a collection manager and certified SAS programmer at North Carolina State University Libraries. He’s been with the NCSU Libraries since 2005 and holds an MSLS from UNC Chapel Hill where he specialized in database design and administration. He started programming in SAS to analyze NCSU Libraries’ print collection and PDA program and has continued to use SAS to assist with a major collections move and other data analysis... Read More →

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