EBSCO Discovery

EBSCO discoveryEBSCO is providing a free tool to add content to our catalog. As you browse the public catalog viewing bib records you may notice database icons such as the bib record for Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The picture shows an icon for Biography in Context as well as Novelist Plus. The only drawback is it does not execute a search in either database as does our Explore button.

This is a first step and EBSCO is hoping to add additional databases over the summer. Recommendation has been made for GVRL discover.  If you have additional suggestions please post them in the comment field.



EBSCO Search Change

The bottomline is to enter all search terms in upper case – see below:

Please note that over the next few days, we will begin migrating toward a new command line search requirement that all search tags be entered in upper-case ONLY, from the current lower, mixed and upper-case options. Here are the details of this change:

Search Tag Changes
Effective with a software release due this week, EBSCO will treat a short list of command line search tags (when entered in lower or mixed case) as text. Only UPPER CASE instances of these tags will be treated as search tags. The tags that will undergo this change are: AN, AS, AU, BE, DE, DO, DR, GI, IN, IP, IS, LA, RN, SO.

The EBSCOhost search engine will place quotation marks around the tags listed above, whenever they are entered in lower or mixed case. Therefore, a user will see the quotes in search history and saved searches going forward.

For example: if the user enters an american tragedy, they will see “an” american tragedy in their search history.

Please note: While users must only enter these specific tags in UPPER CASE with this software release (so that they will be treated as tags and not text), we highly recommend that all users become accustomed to entering ALL command line search tags in UPPER CASE to accommodate future additions to the short list of affected tags. The current list of tags that will be changed is made up of tags that are not frequently used, to cause the least amount of impact on “super” users who are the most likely to employ command line searching.

New Features Coming to EBSCO

EBSCO will soon release user interface improvements to our EBSCOhost subscription. While the release is still a few weeks from being implemented, I wanted to provide you with what the changes will be. I will communicate in more detail as the release date nears.

The following information summarizes the most significant changes you will see later this summer in EBSCOhost:

  • Limiters and the date slider will move from the right to the left column beside the Result List, which is a more intuitive position for these popular features, consolidating all the ways users can refine and work with their results in one area. For a look at the updated Result List, click on the graphic to the right and then click again to enlarge it.
  • Detailed record pages will be more streamlined, and links to full text, your link resolvers, ILL, etc. will be more prominently displayed on the right.
  • Users will be able to select multiple clusters and source types when managing results.
  • There will be an enhanced PDF Viewer, Content Viewer, HTML Full Text, etc.
  • A “breadbox” (i.e. bread crumbs trail) will show users which limiters, expanders and source types have already been selected.
  • Simpler overall interface elements will increase the intuitiveness of the user experience. ( So EBSCO says)

EBSCO – New Features

EBSCO has add the following new features to EBSCO Databases:

Enhanced PDF Viewer:

EBSCOhost features a special viewer designed to streamline the browsing of an entire issue, or all available volumes and issues, from one screen. There are also several helpful features to enable users to easily navigate and manage open PDFs, including:

  • TOC column with instant access to citations with title, author and subject detail
  • Hyperlinked access to full text issue contents, by article or chapter titles
  • A convenient list of hyperlinked thumbnails to illustrations
  • Expand/collapse arrow to control open PDF view

To view a short demonstration of this new feature, click here.

Three Additional User Interface Languages

We have added Dutch, Romanian and Slovenian to the existing, substantial list of languages into which users can instantly translate the user interface screens in EBSCOhost, (enabled by the library administrator).

Subjects on Result List Items

Due to customer feedback, individual records within the EBSCOhost Result List now display subject headings for all applicable databases and libraries. This feature is defaulted on for academic and medical communities. Others can enable the feature via EBSCOadmin.

Database Delight

The Librarian in Black is starting a new staff training today on their databases modeled after the “23 things” of self-paced online learning over a few months.  Even though there a few databases covered which we don’t own, you may want to follow along at Database Delight Training. It will cover 13 weeks. This week is EBSCO Databases.

Give it a try and share your experience here on Virtual Notes.

EBSCO Mobile-Test

EBSCO has created a mobile website which they will be launching shortly.  We have a sneak peak at for a short 7-10 day BETA period.  They would like feedback on performance, overall functionality, and cosmetic issues as displayed on your individual SmartPhone/PDA.

To access the BETA version of EBSCOhost Mobile, go to the following URL on your SmartPhone/PDA web browser and select a database(s) to begin:


Please leave your comments here and I will forward them to EBSCO.

Thank You .

Database Update – EBSCO

EBSCO launched their new interface last week so if you have not tried a search in an EBSCO database I recommend you take a look. Besides the keyword searching they are now offering a visual search which I recommend you either really practice with or stay away from.

 I did a search in Academic Search for Global Warming. The first left hand column has you narrow the topic then presents another column to narrow. This is pretty cool if you need help narrowing a topic but try scrolling down a column, it spins like a slot machine!

How do you scroll? Move your mouse to the bottom of a column and watch it spin!  Once you find an article to view clicking on pops up a “Summary” box on the right side.  To view the article click the little tiny “More” link this will open the citation window where you can then select PDF or HTML format.