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What are Enhanced Catalog Records?

In EBSCOadmin, the administrator can enable a feature to “Enhance Catalog Records” in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) or EBSCOhost. Within this feature EBSCO provides users with functionality based on a cataloging model described by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The model, known as FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), is an entity-relationship model that defines how the bibliographic universe should behave. For more information about the FRBR model, click here.

If enabled by the library administrator, Enhanced Catalog Records will display on the detailed record page and can include one or more of the following pieces of information:

  • Other formats and editions *

  • Additional book enrichment data from the Library of Congress, such as a Table of Contents or Author Information

  • Reviews of the title being viewed

  • Similar Books

  • Other books by the same author

  • Summaries from Literary Reference Center (included if you are subscribed to Literary Reference Center and the database is included in your EDS profile or EBSCOhost search)

  • Google Book Preview

  • Goodreads User Reviews

  • Title Search on Wikipedia

  • QR Code

*Note: This is the only piece of related information that provides a FRBR experience for EBSCO users. EBSCO uses a book matching service to correspond ISBNs, Library of Congress Call Numbers, and/or OCLC Control Numbers with the records in a customer's catalog. Search strings created by EBSCO along with system-generated apps (formerly known as widgets) display the remaining pieces of related information.

The Enhance Catalog Records feature is set to "On" by default. To disable the feature:

  1. Log in to EBSCOadmin.
  2. Under the Customize Services tab, click the Viewing Results tab.
  3. Scroll down to "Enhance Catalog Records" and select the "Off" radio button.
  4. Click Submit.

Note: There is no option to select which Enhanced Catalog Record apps (widgets) appear on the detailed record. You may select to display all ("On") or none ("Off").