Goodbye, Searchasaurus! Hello Explora!
EBSCO is retiring Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center, the three EBSCO interfaces used by students in grades K through 8. In place of these, EBSCO has rolled out Explora, a beautiful graphical interface that allows students to browse and search in a variety of ways.
Explora contains the same databases as Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center, but they are displayed in a new and improved way, based on research on the information-seeking behavior of children and young adults.
Explora features a large search box at the top of the home screen. Suggested search terms are displayed as students type, even if the terms are spelled incorrectly. At the top of the result list, students will often find a topic overview that provides background information to help them understand their topic and begin their research.
Explora also offers students the convenient tools that used to only be available in EBSCOhost Web. Most results offer text-to-speech so students can listen to the text being read as they read along. There are also tools to create citations, make notes, and save, email or export the results.
There is a separate version of Explora for grades K-5 and grades 6-8. There is also a high school edition of Explora and one created especially for educators. You can reach all of them by clicking the EBSCO link in the right toolbar of this page.
For a quick overview, try this short tutorial and say hello to Explora!