Oct 012015

Goodbye, Searchasaurus! Hello Explora!

Explora Logo
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!


Feb 232012

'Optical Illusion' Wordle
Many of you probably already know about Wordle, those beautiful little word clouds, but did you know you could use Wordle to identify keywords for searching?

Here’s what you do: Once you have found a highly useful article related to the topic you are researching, simply copy and paste the text from that article into the Wordle text box and click Go! You will instantly have a word cloud with the words from the article sized according to how frequently they appear in the text. The largest words are those that appear in the text most often. You can then use those keywords to search for other articles on the same topic.

You can use your keywords to search in EBSCO or any other search vehicle that allows a keyword search. Our Wordle was made from an article about Optical Illusions entitled, “Picking Your Classmate’s Brain: Four Inquiry-Based Experiments about the Human Brain.” We found it in the Academic Search Premier database of EBSCOhostWeb.

Have fun searching!

Feb 102012

Science Reference Center
Have you ever seen this little icon before? It’s hiding in our EBSCO database. The Science Reference Center is just one of many databases provided to us by EBSCO. It contains full text for hundreds of journals and reference books covering all fields of science.

But there’s more! The Science Reference Center has a section devoted entirely to science experiments – almost 1,500 different science projects for all grade levels.

So whether you’re a student who loves to recreate experiments at home or a teacher looking for fresh ideas for class, be sure to check it out. Just click on EBSCO and select the Science Reference Center; then look for Science Experiments in the right sidebar. Enjoy!

Dec 052011


Some of us have had issues using EBSCO from remote sites, such as our homes. We have just discovered that the reason for this is because EBSCO had two accounts for our school – one for the elementary school and one for the middle school/high school. When we use EBSCO from our school computers we are directed to the elementary account. When we use EBSCO from our homes, we are logging in to the ms/hs account. This has resulted in problems accessing our EBSCO folders since we, in effect, had different folders here at school than at home.

Fortunately, EBSCO tech has resolved the issue, and they will soon merge the two accounts so that we will always access the same EBSCO account and the same folder regardless of where we are doing our research. This will require some action on your part, however. Most importantly, you should take immediate steps to preserve anything that is in your EBSCO folder on the account that you access from home. You can do this by emailing the contents of that folder to yourself or by saving it to your hard drive. The contents of your folder here at school will be safe as that account will continue.

The second thing you should do is stop into the library to pick up a copy of the new login information. And remember, you can also use Library Chat if you ever need help.

Nov 152011

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We knew it was coming, and now it’s here – WilsonWeb’s Readers’ Guide Full Text Select™ has been added to EBSCOhost!

Reader’s Guide Full Text Select™ is a 100% full-text database featuring a broad selection of the most popular periodicals. It is a great tool for students, faculty, or anyone else seeking comprehensive current events coverage, curriculum support or access to quality periodicals.

To use Readers’ Guide Full Text Select™, simply log on to EBSCO and select EBSCOhost. Readers’ Guide is the sixth database from the top of the list.

What does this mean for you? Don’t waste time searching the Readers’ Guide database through WilsonWeb if you have already done an all-inclusive database search in EBSCOhost because you would essentially be searching the same database twice.

However, if you prefer to use WilsonWeb to perform your searches, know that you can still do that – at least for the time being. We’re not sure how long it will last, but for now you have two ways to search the Readers’ Guide.

And don’t forget that you can access all of our databases at any time from any computer that has Internet access. EBSCO and WilsonWeb are 24/7 digital libraries!

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