Category Archives: Explora

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: http://search.ebscohost.com/ and for Britannica, http://school.eb.com.  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.

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!

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.

 

Introducing Ebsco’s new interface- Explora!

explora_poster.inddSome of you may have already heard the news about Explora, EBSCO’s new interface for schools and public libraries. Explora is available now because EBSCO worked with ODL to add it to your account. If you have problems, call Ebsco support at 1-800-758-5995. If you haven’t set up your access to Ebsco yet, fill out this form and an Ebsco representative will contact you to complete the process. Be sure to state that you want remote access in the comments field.

Explora will take the place of Ebsco’s children’s interfaces- Searchasaurus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center, which will retire in January 2016. Please contact us if you have any questions about Explora or the retirement of Searchasaurus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center.

To learn more about Explora, view tutorials, and download promotional materials visit http://support.ebsco.com/explora/. We offer in person training for Ebsco and Britannica School at no cost to you. One-on-one training, small group, and large group sessions can be scheduled at your convenience. We are here to help!

Please contact us through the following web form if you would like more information on the Digital Prairie databases or to request training.

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