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Weekly News Digest

November 12, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EBSCOhost Now Offers Mobile Access

EBSCO Publishing ( has released EBSCOhost Mobile, allowing researchers to access their EBSCOhost databases via smartphones and other handheld devices. All databases and services currently available on the EBSCOhost platform will be available via EBSCOhost Mobile.

EBSCOhost Mobile provides a convenient way for customers using mobile devices to find quality content. The main EBSCOhost Mobile screen offers a number of options including choosing which EBSCOhost database(s) to search plus setting search options, accessing field codes, and specifying preferences.

Many of the existing EBSCOhost features such as search modes, limiting to full text, date ranges, peer-reviewed content, or by publication are available. Users will also be able to search images from their mobile devices. The result list is scrollable, and available data includes citations, Image Quick View, and access to full-text articles. The results list also features a relevancy indicator, and users are able to email results.

Clicking into a result replicates the EBSCOhost user experience, providing researchers with information including author information/affiliation, links to the source, document type, subject terms, NAICS/Industry codes along with the abstract, ISSN, accession number, persistent links, images, and links to full text.

The interface has been designed with a lower resolution, simplifying the interface by removing folders and some other more advanced features for increased speed and user convenience. In addition to providing access to smartphone users, EBSCOhost Mobile will also work on desktops, thus helping libraries with low bandwidths since it uses only a fraction of the bytes compared to a traditional EBSCOhost search. EBSCOhost Mobile will also open up access to research databases for researchers in remote locations who are only able to access via satellite links.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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