See new information posted November 1st- Update on EBSCO Premiere Databases.
Digital Prairie users may have noticed that Academic Search Premiere and Business Search Premiere are no longer available through our statewide license for the EBSCO databases.
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ contract with EBSCO has always included Academic Search Elite and Business Source Elite, not the Premiere-level products. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education paid for the upgrade to Premiere-level through a separate contract. When the Regents’s budget was reduced this year, the upgrade was dropped. EBSCO provided a 90-day grace period to the Regents’ office, which has just expired. Because this upgrade was not part of ODL’s contract with EBSCO, we are just now finding out about this situation.
Academic Search Elite has full-text for more than 2100 journals vs. Academic Search Premiere’s offering of text from 4800 journals. Business Source Elite has full-text for approximately 1100 journals vs. Business Source Premiere’s 2200 journals.
We’re disappointed that most of the state’s libraries no longer have access to these resources, and we can only hope that the state’s finances will improve in the future.
Contact us with any questions or concerns.