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EBSCO Publishing Introduces EBSCOhost 2.0

EBSCO Publishing (www.ebscohost.com) introduced the next generation of its EBSCOhost user interface, EBSCOhost 2.0—offering a clean new look and feel. The beta version of EBSCOhost 2.0 is available as a "New Feature" so that users will be able to experiment with the new design before the switch over later in the month. Users should notice a technologically sophisticated, yet familiar, search experience. The product’s design team worked with a range of users and test groups to refine their ideas.

The Basic Search screen simplifies the initial search experience while providing the functionality that users associate with the EBSCOhost platform. The new EBSCOhost 2.0 Result List becomes the launching pad—the mechanism through which results are tailored and refined—delivering a wide variety of brand new tools designed to organize, refine, and expand search results.

A magnifying glass icon beside a title provides an instant preview of the article’s citation, directly from the Result List. Users are able to hover over a result and expand it without ever leaving the Result List. Thumbnail images in the Result List contain the graphical content of an article, and clicking on the thumbnail brings up an instant view of the full-sized image content.

EBSCOhost 2.0 offers a Search Options link so users are able to choose among several search modes and available limiters for refining search results. A new search option called SmartText Searching allows users to move beyond keyword searching and paste large amounts of text into a search box. With this additional type of search, the system analyzes each word in the query for how unique it is; a weight is applied to each word and a search is initiated using those weights as relevancy controls.

The new design also incorporates functions that users are accustomed to using on the web. EBSCOhost 2.0 includes a Preferences link, giving the user control over the look and feel of the Result List, and lets users save those preferences in a My EBSCOhost folder for use in future sessions. In addition, the contents of a My EBSCOhost folder may be sorted among multiple folders. A future enhancement will make it possible for EBSCOhost users to share folders.

Source: EBSCO Publishing



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