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EBSCO Publishing Introduces EBSCOhost 3.0, Adds to Product Line

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EBSCO Publishing Introduces EBSCOhost 3.0, Adds to Product Line

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EBSCO Publishing has announced that it has released EBSCOhost 3.0, a more fully integrated version of its online reference system. In a separate announcement, EBSCO announced the addition of the Harvard Business Review to some of the company's databases.

EBSCOhost Version 3.0

With the familiar look of version 2.0, EBSCOhost 3.0 showcases several new features that enrich searching, enhance result lists, and make general navigation into and out of the search interface easier. This reference tool also heightens user search power by tapping into a variety of data sources from EBSCO's collection of published materials that includes journals and papers, peer-reviewed articles, magazines and books, newspapers, pamphlets, transcripts, video material, and multicultural publications.

Among its newest features, EBSCOhost 3.0 offers simultaneous, multiple database searching, hierarchical authority files, and such additional authority file searching options as a relevancy-ranked "find more like" feature.

The new multiple database searching capabilities enable users to select several different databases for searching. With this new functionality, results are presented in a single sorted result list with the order based upon the order of the databases selected. In addition, duplicate records are automatically eliminated from the results list. To change the order of the presented results, searchers can choose from various sorting options that include displaying results from a particular database first and sorting the top25, 50, or 100 results based on entered criteria such as date of publication, journal title, author, and others.

EBSCOhost 3.0 offers various authority file searching options. Users may now search authority files formatted in a new hierarchical order that provides "tree-like" viewing and navigation. Structured in multiple levels, these files allow searchers to move from a broad subject to more specific categorization within the subject they are searching. The authority files also support the "find more like" feature that returns records or references that include any part of the original search term. The options area under the authority file display gives users control over how the authority files are searched as well. For library administrators this authority file functionality also allows them to set up their local collections as browsable authority files.

The entry pages into EBSCOhost version 3.0 provide users with several new links. …

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