Comparative Analysis – ProQuest and EBSCO Host

Two journals that I consider of interest to library and information science are ProQuest and EBSCO Host. ProQuest is a company based in Ann Arbor, MI. They have a database of hundreds of thousands of e-books worldwide and from nationally known organizations (such as the NAACP) as well. They provide these resources to libraries that utilize their services worldwide. Ebrary is another company spawned from their services. Libraries have ProQuest available to patrons that would like to search their library’s resources or even resources that ProQuest provides outside of the patron’s local libraries. The history of ProQuest started in 1872 with R. R. Bowker and in 1876, involved Melvin Dewey. ProQuest was not online until 1996. ProQuest is used by libraries ranging from school, academic, public, and even governmental. ProQuest reaches faculty, graduate students, and information professionals about the services that they offer. ProQuest has partnered with over 9,000 publishers to date. ProQuest published scholarly material based on research of other scholars and peers and is predominantly intended for educational uses. More focus is present on college students versus primary and secondary schools. ProQuest is peer-reviewed, which is important since the work has been read by another person than the original author. Therefore, the ideas presented in the paper has the minds of two people involved, whether if editing, correcting false information, or just double-checking to make sure that the information in the paper presented is correct. This proves that the student is working towards becoming a professional and working with other professionals to come to a general, correct consensus with the idea presented in the paper. Other materials that I found interesting in ProQuest was that they had advice available for people ranging from how to write a doctorate thesis to job interviews, which I believe are very important and pertinent resources to know beforehand.

EBSCO Host is another journal that I have considered of interest. They have databases as well as over five hundred thousand e-books to date. They serve the needs of researchers, the government, and even corporations. Tim Collins is the president of EBSCO Host from previously owning a publishing service that was bought by EBSCO Host in 1983. EBSCO Host has been in operation since 1944. Although EBSCO Host has not been in the industry as long as ProQuest, it still produces the same data output and similar resources just like other library databases. EBSCO Host has live support in twenty-five different languages and are always available every day of the week. Customers are able to contact them through various means of media, whether by e-mail, phone, or other services. The audience of EBSCO Host are predominantly professionals and some pre-professionals. These range from college graduate students to medical students, the government, public libraries, and primary/secondary schools. They publish scholarly materials as well as beneficial information for other types of special libraries ranging from e-books to publications and newsletters. EBSCO Host does has over 7,500 peer-reviewed journals, which is pertinent to future professionals that are developing their research papers and findings.

Some of the important similarities between ProQuest and EBSCO Host is that both journals have been around for a century or two and have reliable information that reach people globally. They serve special libraries and divisions as well as academics and even patents and inventions. However, some of the differences were the layout of both websites. ProQuest has been around much longer than EBSCO Host and has a better website layout. EBSCO Host’s website seems dated, but it is still functional, even on the lowest-end of computers. EBSCO Host also seems to not have as much resources posted online compared to ProQuest as well. Despite the variety of the LIS field and what it has to offer, there will always be competitors as well as information available if not in one journal, then it will be in another.

Who we Are. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.proquest.com/about/who-we-are.html

About Us. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ebsco.com/about

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