The merge: The artful marriage of EBSCO publishing and H.W. Wilson

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Electronic indexes and databases for the art and design disciplines have undergone many changes in the last five or more years. The Getty announced in 2008 that it was ending its support and maintenance of the Bibliography of the History of Art, and in the meantime, ProQuest reincarnated the seminal index under the new title International Bibliography of Art. Also of note was the merger of EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson in 2011, with EBSCO assuming control of Wilson’s electronic indexes and full-text databases. EBSCO’s answer to the acquisition of Wilson databases was to create Source databases that combine the subject-specific indexes and databases from both vendors into one larger super database, while also maintaining the databases as individual, stand-alone resources. These changes raise questions as to what benefits and added value libraries and their patrons are receiving. Is access to art and design periodical literature growing as a result of these changes, or is it simply being repackaged and reimagined in the form of a new product? This article examines the periodical title-level content and coverage provided by EBSCO’s Art Source super database. The author also reviews the title-level content and coverage of the component databases that make up Art Source. Art Full-Text (H.W. Wilson) and Art & Architecture Complete serve as the central points of comparison, with some discussion about the content and coverage in Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984 (H.W. Wilson).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-180
Number of pages28
JournalArt Documentation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015


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