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EBSCO Announces New Digital Content Viewer

EBSCO Publishing (www.ebscohost.com) has announced its new EBSCOhost Content Viewer, which was created to help users access the information in EBSCO’s three new historical digital archive collections, which will begin to be released this year. These collections require new ways to view digitized content that reproduce the best aspects of the physical library research experience while incorporating the advances in modern digital technology. As such, the new state-of-the art EBSCOhost Content Viewer was designed to enable researchers to navigate historical content in a manner that is fast and natural and that preserves the serendipity involved in doing historical research.

The universal browser-based delivery system provides a visual overview of the document being searched, allowing users a sense of the length and content of a given document. If searchers are using keywords, the keywords are highlighted on the page images. Users are able to see how many times a given keyword is mentioned in a periodical, monograph, article, or one of the other document types in the databases on a Document Map. The viewer also provides distinctive highlight styles for both exact and nonexact or "fuzzy" matches.

For periodical content, the EBSCOhost Content Viewer lets users browse multiple issues in a volume without having to leave the page viewer interface, encouraging the serendipitous discovery that historians working with EBSCO had hoped to preserve. The viewer uses zooming and panning technology similar to searching online maps. The technology also allows users to jump to the next section of an article via hyperlinks. Users will be able to take advantage of other features such as persistent links, saving articles or pages to folders, printing and saving user-selected articles or pages as text-searchable PDFs (which are full-size page images). Users will also be able to create, save, and print Page Notes related to a particular item. Those notes will retain the citation and page information of the viewed item and persistent links back to the page will be included.

The company is digitizing content from the American Theological Library Association and the American Antiquarian Society as well as key aspects of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project from Arte Público Press.

Source: EBSCO Publishing



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