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EBSCOhost Interface Enhancements
Using Usability Studies
Leveraging our thesauri and usage
Auto-searched synonyms available to user Synonyms, Spelling, Autocomplete
And spellchecker enhancements… Autocomplete, now a user preference Synonyms, Spelling, Autocomplete
Making EBSCOhost a great experience for ALL users
Going Beyond 508 EBSCOhost 508/W3C Compliant for handicap accessibility University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign Center for Instructional Technology Accessibility Hundreds of under-the-hood code changes to improve functional accessibility Separate Text Only interface antiquated, retired on 12/31/07 Side benefit of changes… big reduction in page byte size, even faster page downloads than Text Only
From a user… As a JAWS screenreader user, I noticed [the changes]… I can now quickly navigate through the EBSCO site. You have my grateful thanks. Christie Gilson Doctoral Candidate University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Center for Instructional Technology Accessibility
All interface labels within EBSCOhost
Including subject search and other screens…
HTML Full Text Translation
EBSCOhost Mobile Today we have DynaMed PDA and EBSCOhost Text-Only Coming in 2008 – EBSCOhost Mobile will be a true wireless access Interface for all EBSCOhost databases
Thumbnails on the Result List, first 4 or Show all >>
Also in Folder view
Article Detail (a.k.a., full record)
Image Detail Title and Caption Source with Illustration page number How to Cite help link
Image QuickView (IQV) 3,344 full-text journals will be included Only journals with native PDFs will be included (although not all native PDFs will have IQV) Currently 821,421 images are available via IQV, but by June 2008, this figure will be 2,056,178 Initially, no separate limiter on the interface for IQV, but it is coming in 2009
Database Total FT Titles Total IQV Titles Academic Search Complete5,5451,501 Academic Search Premier4,5141,360 Business Source Complete3,0311,029 Business Source Corporate2, Business Source Premier2, CINAHL Plus with Full Text54478 Communication & Mass Media Complete Computers & Applied Sciences Complete EconLit with Full Text Education Research Complete Image QuickView – Statistics By Database
Database Total FT Titles Total IQV Titles Environment Complete Humanities International Complete International Security & Counter-Terrorism Reference Center LISTA with Full Text18269 Literary Reference Center MasterFILE Premier1, MEDLINE with Full Text1, Science & Technology Collection SocINDEX with Full Text SPORTDiscus with Full Text Image QuickView – Statistics By Database
Image QuickView – Try It!
Main Goals of Visual Search 1.0: –Allow users to explore search results and understand their relationships without forcing users to read every result and make those deductions –Add an interactive and fun element to the EBSCOhost interface Visual Search 1.0 Issues: –Usage very low –Java applet complications –Unacceptable reliance on a since discontinued partnership Now, two new Visual Search options that build upon original visual search goals, and offer more features
Visual Search We recommend using Relevancy Ranking Sort as your profile default Coming Soon: –All limiters and search options –More than 250 results
Introducing… EBSCOhost 2.0 A redesigned EBSCOhost Coming in July 2008
Why do a redesign? Customers have requested a Simple, Google-like interface EBSCOhosts main interface was last redesigned 5 years ago (August 2002) – a lot more is possible today Usability studies with end users have shown excellent opportunities for improvement
Goals of EBSCOhost 2.0 Create a really simple basic search screen Take advantage of modern techniques available on familiar web sites Expose great functionality that exists today but is hidden or underutilized Make the simple basic search screen fit in well with all of EBSCOhost Improve overall EBSCOhost usability
Power in the Result List Narrow by Subject Cluster Date Slider Limiters Dynamic Folder ListRelated Images Narrow by Source Type Narrow by Database
Related Images Hover your mouse over the image thumbnails to preview Click to see bibliographic record
Related Results from NewsBank
Hover your mouse over the article preview icon
Expand / Collapse side panes
Advanced Search New two column limiter display
When selected, Search History displays above the Result List
More functionality available when the user needs it
Click Choose Databases for a display of available databases Mouse over preview icons for detailed descriptions Select All!
Click More Options for a display of available limiters
Click Preferences for Now more preference options! Permanently save preferences to My EBSCOhost
Multi-Database searching access to Authority Files (Subjects, Publications, etc.)
Current advanced searcher functionality unchanged
Todays persistent links become the new URL... and easier to copy. Bookmarkable!
Articles, Searches and Publications now Bookmarkable
Introducing SmartText Searching
Starting with this article...
Paste the entire article into the Search box
A relevant result list!
SmartText Explained We analyze each word thats part of the query for how unique it is We apply a weighting to each word We issue a search using those weights as relevancy controls We are considering future enhancements to let users control those weights themselves
Lastly, EBSCOhost 2.0 offers an improved Article Detail (a.k.a., Full Record) and improved citing...
Article Detail More prominent Full Text links Easy copy persistent links Similar article results Icons for Print, , Save and Cite!
Displays all citations formats Easy copy to clipboard function Link to Export bib managers