Shortcuts to EBSCO & Britannica

Help your patrons discover EBSCO & Britannica by creating a desktop shortcut. First minimize all windows.  Then right click in center of the screen. Click New>Shortcut.  In the text box, enter the URL of your choice: For EBSCO, enter: and for Britannica,  Click Next. In the text box, enter the shortcut name: EBSCO or Britannica School.  Click Finish, then test, and you’re done.

If you want to point to Explora or Consumer Health or any of the specific databases, call ODL at 405-522-3505 and get help with the URL.  Remember EBSCO has Consumer Reports, their Buying Guide, and so much more – so point your patrons to Digital Prairie resources.

Digital Prairie was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Britannica School – give me my numbers!

Need to obtain your usage statistics? Do you know your Britannica account logins?  The regular database logins will work! First access  Follow the instructions on the screen to generate your report.  Leave “All Accounts” in the first box and put in the Username/Password for your account only. These are case sensitive. Sessions = logins;  Queries = search terms; Documents = articles accessed and Media = All multimedia, including video clips, extended play videos, audio files, photos, illustrations, maps, interactive timelines, multimedia lessons, etc.

There are two tabs on the main page you can use for additional information labeled Report Help and Report Definitions if needed or contact us at 405-522-3505 with your questions.

Searchasaurus extinct!

Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center will be extinct July 1 and no longer available to your users. If your library website includes direct links to any or all of the three interfaces, you will want to remove them before the end of next week. If your users access EBSCO resources from your Select Services screen, the icons for these interfaces will disappear automatically.

If your library is registered for EBSCO and IP addresses are current, clicking on these will open to the new Explora search boxes: Explora Elementary Student ResearchExplora Middle School Student ResearchExplora Educator’s Edition, and Explora Public Library/High School Search.  Take a look at the Explora User GuideExplora Tutorial and promotion tools. Try Consumer Reports Magazine and explore the Buying Guide in Explora…

Print out these bookmarks to promote the Digital Prairie databases! Each bookmark has a write-in username and password field, allowing you to easily share that information with your patrons. EBSCOhost Bookmark for Schools (pdf)EBSCOhost Bookmark for Public Libraries (pdf), and Britannica School Bookmark for Schools and Public Libraries (pdf).

Have questions? Call ODL at 405-522-3505 and ask for Arlene. For those with EBSCOadmin accounts, here are the directions to enable your Explora interface.

Stop in at 2016 OLA Conference booth

ODL will be at the 2016 OLA conference in Tulsa this week – so stop by the booth and grab some bookmarks. The bookmarks feature Britannica School, EBSCOhost,  and EBSCO’s Explora. There is a blank username and password field, providing an easy way to share that vital information with your patrons. The bookmarks can also be downloaded from the Printables page.  Hope to see you in Tulsa!

Britannica Scavenger Hunt

Register now to win prizes for your students and your school! Twenty students will win reference books from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and two lucky schools will receive a great prize as well! It’s our way of introducing K-8 students to Britannica School, a comprehensive online knowledge and information resource from one of the most trusted names in reference: Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Prizes Grades K-5: The grand prize winner will receive three Britannica books: The American Presidency, the Britannica Student Atlas, and World Exploration from Ancient Times. Nine lucky students will receive one of the books above—their choice! And the grand prize winner’s school library will receive a one-year free subscription to Britannica ImageQuest!

Prizes Grades 6-8: The grand prize winner will receive three Britannica books: The American Presidency, the Britannica Student Atlas, and World Exploration from Ancient Times. Nine middle school students will receive a book of their choice. The grand prize winner’s school library will receive access to Britannica ImageQuest, free of charge for one year!

Britannica School is available free to all Oklahoma schools and libraries through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries thanks to federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Students can even access Britannica School from their home computers.

Registration deadline for the Scavenger Hunt is February 16. The hunt will be e-mailed on February 17 to all teachers and librarians who register with The Oklahoman’s Newspapers in Education program.

Get all of the facts about the hunt—including how to register, and how to get Britannica School for your students and colleagues—at this link

Happy hunting to you and your students!

EBSCO moved “retirement” to June 2016

EBSCO has postponed the official “retirement” of Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center.  Originally scheduled for discontinuation in January, these three interfaces will remain available through the end of June 2016. However, all libraries must migrate to Explora before the start of the next school year. Visit EBSCO’s Explora support page for more information or call us at ODL.

New Digital Prairie Bookmarks and Events!

New Britannica School BookmarkThe Oklahoma Department of Libraries just unveiled a new series of Digital Prairie bookmarks.  The new bookmarks feature Britannica School, EBSCOhost, and EBSCO’s Explora and are tailored to students and public library customers. They also include a blank username and password field, providing an easy way to share that information with your students and customers. The bookmarks can be downloaded and printed for free from the Printables page.

The Digital Prairie trainer will be at OTA Encyclomedia in Oklahoma City on October 6th – 7th to distribute the new bookmarks, show off the new EBSCO Explora interface, and answer your Digital Prairie questions.  Feel free to contact us with your Digital Prairie questions and/or training needs.


Troubleshooting Database Access

Have you set up access to the Digital Prairie databases in the past, but find that you can no longer log on? The most common cause is a change in your institution’s IP addresses. For example, this can be caused by changing servers. If your IP addresses have changed, contact both Ebsco and Britannica to let them know your new address or range of addresses. To find your IP address, go to and type “What is my IP address?” in the search box. Your address will appear at the top of the results page. If your institution uses a range of IP addresses, contact your IT staff.

EBSCO Technical Support

Britannica Technical Support

1 (800) 758-5995 1 (800) 621-3900 ext. 7160
Support Hours:
Monday thru Friday: 24 hrs./day
Saturday: 9am to 5pm EST
Support Hours:8:00 am to 7:00 pm, daily

Oklahoma Digital Prairie is your entrance to online services and resources that help you find books, articles, web content and other useful information.