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EBSCO Mini Sessions

NOTE: the times listed on the online registration form are in Eastern time, so they will be listed one hour ahead!

The recordings do not require a password so please share.

Overview of EBSCO Resources
October 25, 2017    29 min 1 sec  Recording here
All new school librarians will want to join this session to learn about what is available in your online library and how best to search it. Topics include K12 and professional development content. We’ll also review EBSCO’s Help site where you can find materials to promote these great resources. Even if you are a seasoned librarian, join us and you might pick up some new tips and tricks!

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
October 25, 2017    18 min 27 sec Recording here
Join this 15 minute session to learn about this newest resource for high school students. This fast-paced tour will include a content overview and some of the cool “browse by” tips students can employ to quickly find exactly what they need. These include browsing by author, poem or short story, poem forms or techniques, period, movements and more.

Maker Space Activities in Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
October 26, 2017   18 min 42 sec Recording  here
Have a maker space in your library? Then you won’t want to miss this quick tour of another new library resource. In addition to maker space topics, we’ll showcase how to quickly find projects for all your holiday crafts. Easy access to favorite crafting magazines makes this a wonderful value for students and parents alike!

Psychology & Behavioral Science Resources
November 6, 2017    3:30 – 3:45 PM   Register here.
This resource is an essential tool for students, counselors and researchers studying the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines. This session provides an overview of the EBSCOhost interface and how to use limiters and filters to find relevant articles.

Integrate EBSCO content with Google Classroom
December 11, 2017    3:15 – 3:30 PM      Register here.
If you are a Google Apps for Education user, you already know that Google Classroom allows you to create classes, distribute assignments and communicate with your students all in one place. Now compatible with Google Classroom, Explora makes it easier than ever to share authoritative articles and multimedia content with your students. Join us for this quick “how to” session to see just how easy it is!

EBSCOadmin – Retrieving Statistics and Scheduling Reports
December 11, 2017   3:45 – 4:00 PM      Register here.
Want to see how your EBSCO resources are being utilized in your school? Join us for this micro session on usage statistics and learn how to retrieve and schedule them so they are delivered directly to your inbox. Don’t have an EBSCOadmin account? No worries – we’ll show you how to request one!

EBSCOadmin – Top Customization Features for K-12 Resources
January 23, 2018    3:30 – 3:45 PM    Register here.
Ever wonder if you can change features in your EBSCO resources? If so, then this session is for you! In this quick lesson, we’ll cover the top customization features requested by school librarians – and show you how to enable them in your EBSCOadmin account. If you don’t have an EBSCOadmin account, you can still join the session to learn what’s available and how to request the change via our Technical Support department.

Computer Source Overview
January 25, 2018   3:30 – 3:45 PM    Register here.
Geared to those students interested in technology, this resource covers topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software. In this session, we’ll review the EBSCOhost interface and share tips on how to find relevant articles.

ODL Expands EBSCO Offerings

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has once again selected EBSCO to provide the statewide reference databases for all schools and libraries in the state. The new contract goes into effect on October 1, 2017, and can be extended for up to five years.

More information will be headed your way, but here’s what you need to know right now:

  • You don’t have to do anything if you are already using EBSCO’s statewide contract. You will automatically be registered when the new contract begins October 1. (If your library is not using this service, or you think your password may have expired, register here.)
  • All of the same databases are returning, but four are changing. Academic Search and Business Source will be available at the Elite Level. (The Oklahoma State Regents may elect to upgrade these databases to Premiere Level for colleges and universities.) Also, MAS Complete and Regional Business News Plus have been upgraded.
  • Plus, there are nine new databases added to the Digital Prairie collection!
  1. Computer Source: Consumer Edition
  2. Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
  3. Home Improvement Reference Center
  4. Legal Collection
  5. Legal Information Reference Center
  6. Poetry and Short Story Reference Center
  7. Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection
  8. Religion and Philosophy Collection
  9. Sociological Collection

Watch for more information on these Digital Prairie offerings.  Questions? Concerns? Contact ODL Info.

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.

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.

Request Training Web Form

 

 

Recorded Ebsco Webinars- Updated 2015

Want to get better acquainted with the Digital Prairie Databases but can’t take time away from your library? Thankfully both EBSCO and Britannica offer online webinars. All these require are an internet connection, headphones, and time. Here is the Ebsco schedule and here is Britannica’s. Of course, even the webinar schedule may not work for you. With this in mind, EBSCO’s Lisa Jones has graciously recorded and shared the following sessions she held for Oklahoma librarians. You can watch them at your convenience!

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Highschool Resources in your Electronic Library (1 hour, 3 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Middle School Resources in your Electronic Library (54 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Elementary School Resources in your Electronic Library (52 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Basic EBSCOhost using Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier (58 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Advanced EBSCOhost using Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier (1 hour)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Finding Online Books for K12 and Beyond using EBSCOhost (26 minutes)

Digital Prairie/ Ebsco: It’s Time for Professional Development (52 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Exploring Your Business Resources (1 hour, 14 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Find Current Event Topics in Newspaper Source (1 hour)

Digital Praire/Ebsco: Your Health Resources (1 hour, 1 minute)

Happy viewing!