EBSCOhost

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EBSCOhost


Matthews, Joseph R., Library Technology Reports


EBSCOhost

Vendor: EBSCO Publishing 83 Pine Street Peabody, Massachusetts 01960 (508) 653-2726; (800) 653-2726 Fax (508) 536-2065 Internet: ebscohost@epnet.com http://www.epnet.com Demo Available: Yes Version: 1.01 No. of Customers: 8 consortia with over 600 libraries Prices: Pricing is based upon database(s) accessed and the type of library. Prices include copyright which provides libraries with a fixed-cost solution.

PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS

Micro: 486+ PC with 4 MB of memory is recommended. Operating System: Windows 3.1+ LANs Supported: TCP/IP

     EASE OF USE

                                  Average
                             1  2  3  4  5  6  7

Simple and Natural Dialog                5
Minimum User Memory Load                 5
Consistency                              5
Feedback                                 5
Shortcuts                                5
Error Prevention                         5
Overall Rating                           5.0

FEATURES

EBSCOhost is a client/server-based search and retrieval system and is a Z39.50 compliant client. All user interaction is handled by the client while the server is responsible for the searching and retrieving of the information. EBSCO provides access to nearly two million records on their server maintained at EBSCO Publishing headquarters. Using EBSCOhost, the user may search abstracts and indexes to more than 2,600 journal titles and the full text of more than 1,000 journal titles. A Unix version is also available.

EBSCOhost currently runs on Windows and Unix client platforms. Motif and Macintosh versions are planned for a future release.

The user must first make a connection to the Internet. Double clicking on the EBSCOhost icon will open up the application and the user must choose the type of search to be performed as shown in Figure 1. The user can choose a basic search option or a more advanced searching mode.

The user can use an asterisk (*) as an explicit truncation symbol and the "?" as a wildcard when formulating a search request. In addition, the Boolean connectors AND, OR, and NOT can be utilized by the more experienced user.

Indexes that can be searched include all fields, author, title, subject, journal name, abstract, illustrates, unique identified, and ISSN.

After entering the search, the request is sent to the EBSCO server and seven brief formatted records are returned to the client as seen in Figure 2. The user can scroll through these seven records and then the client will automatically request the additional records once the user reaches the bottom of the scroll bar. The server responds by sending back twenty additional records. By clicking on the Detail button the user can obtain a display of the full record-see Figure 3. Optionally, the user can click on the Print button to print one or more@ click on the Help button to view information related to the search process,, or "Close" the window.

Alternatively, the user can double click to look at the full text of an article, should that be available.

Using the Advanced search option allows the user to conduct a more complex search using Boolean connectors. Clicking on the Assistant button opens up a window that facilitates the search process-see Figure 4. …

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