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General information about EBSCO's EBSCOhost proprietary databases

EBSCO develops and produces many proprietary electronic reference databases for libraries. Proprietary databases are described below. Note that EBSCO also licenses numerous secondary databases from other publishers and makes them available via the EBSCOhost and other of our interfaces.

EBSCO's proprietary databases typically include catalog records on articles from journals, newspapers and other periodical sources, and in many cases, the full text of these articles. These databases typically include the following information:

  • Journal Title
  • Journal ISSN
  • Journal Volume Number
  • Journal Issue Number
  • Journal Publication Date
  • Article Page Length
  • Article Images
  • Article Author(s)
  • Article Abstract
  • Article Subject Headings
  • Article Accession Number
  • Many other categories of information specific to the data source.

Many articles in EBSCO's products include full text, meaning that the text of the article is included along with the article citation. This text is offered in EBSCO's products in HTML format, PDF format, or both. "HTML," or "HyperText Markup Language," consists of the bare text of the article without magazine format, although some article images are included in the HTML by EBSCO. "PDF," or "Portable Document Format," is a format which reproduces more exactly the magazine format of the article.

EBSCO's staff writes abstracts and assigns subject headings for the articles that appear in EBSCO's products. An abstract is a short summary of an article which highlights its main topics and keywords. A subject heading is a Library of Congress-created term which is assigned to an article according to article topic.

An Accession Number (AN) is a unique number assigned to each article when it enters the EBSCO system. The term "Source Line" is commonly used to refer to a journal's title, volume, issue, publication date, number of pages and illustrations.