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EBSCO Improves Search and Retrieval on EBSCOhost Platform

EBSCO Publishing ( has made enhancements to the search and retrieval systems in EBSCOhost. The new display and searching technology is designed to improve the user experience. The new system supports natural language searching for scientific formulas and provides users with the ability to store and show HTML markup, allowing the display of scientific formulas. The new database architecture means article names, abstracts, and key phrase headings within citations will contain scientific formulas. The first database to use the new database architecture is Inspec.

The following is an example of the new display:

Theoretical study on N2+, P2+, As2+, NP+, NAs+, and PAs+: Hyperfine coupling constants for 12Σ(g)+, and electron-sping-factors for 12Σg+/1,22Σu+(X2+) and 1,22Σ+(XY+) states.

Bruna, P.J.; Grein, F. In: Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, Aug. 2005, vol.232, no.2, pp. 137-50, Journal Paper. (AN: 8727739).

With natural language searching, researchers will more easily find relevant information within their searches. For instance, those searching for records related to water are now able to enter "H20" to return the desired records.

EBSCO's vice president of engineering, Doug Jenkins, says this new technology will soon expand to other EBSCO Publishing databases. "The underlying search and retrieval improvements to Inspec are part of our continued investment in the EBSCOhost platform. We will extend these features to other aggregated full text products by year end."

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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