EBSCO Publishing has announced the introduction of a series of new databases designed to provide researchers and students with a starting point for their research and assignments.
Research Starters are topic overviews, relevant to key areas of academic study, including links to key articles in associated EBSCOhost databases. Research Starters follow an easy to use format. The topics correlate directly to courses taught at colleges and universities and provide students with authoritative, discipline-specific articles offering comprehensive overviews of important academic subject areas and topics. The databases aim to provide a gateway to resources needed for assignments, including quick access to key, related articles from EBSCOhost, which have been hand-picked by subject-matter experts and scholars.
Each Research Starters database initially consists of 500 topics, with approximately 25 to 50 new topics added each year. Each database includes a collection of summary articles written by subject-matter experts exclusively for EBSCOhost — approximately 3,000 words each. Articles are also available in both HTML and PDF versions.
Summary articles include Abstracts; an Overview section; and charts, graphs, and tables for visual reference. In addition, articles contain Application of Concepts, Definitions of Terms and Concepts, Extensive Bibliographies, Links to Articles on EBSCOhost from the Bibliographies, a "Suggested Reading" section, and Author Biographies.
EBSCO will provide the first two Research Starters databases, Research Starters – Business and Research Starters – Education, on an extended free trial basis through June 2009. The appropriate Research Starters collections are available on an "opt-in" basis to all EBSCOhost customers subscribing to applicable databases such as Business Source, Academic Search, and Education Research Complete.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, www.epnet.com