EBSCO Publishing has announced the availability of a new search interface for use by secondary school students. As an alternative to the existing EBSCOhost interface, the Student Research Center provides students with easy, yet powerful access to the same secondary school databases that they have come to depend upon, such as MAS Ultra and Middle Search Plus, according to the announcement made at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
Just as EBSCO's optional Searchasaurus interface offers elementary school students an age-appropriate research environment that was designed according to their needs and search abilities, the Student Research Center provides students in secondary schools with the most appropriate research tools for obtaining the information that they need from their EBSCO databases, the announcement states.
Through the Student Research Center, users can pre-determine which content sources (e.g., Magazines, Newspapers, Biographies, Country Reports, Film & Video) will be included with their search. They can also search their databases by topic heading, make use of an online dictionary and encyclopedia, explore the top searches of the day, and limit their search according to appropriate Lexile reading levels.
All applicable customers have the option of using the new Student Research Center in addition to their existing EBSCOhost access or in place of it, depending on their particular needs.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, http://www.epnet.com