EBSCO Publishing has announced the release of the new Kids Search interface for elementary/middle school database subscribers. Kids Search combines a state-of-the-art search engine (powered by EBSCOhost) with a child-friendly, graphically-rich design, according to the announcement. As most of EBSCO's customers subscribe to multiple databases, Kids Search makes it easier for students to look for their subjects of interest by automatically searching across all applicable databases simultaneously.
This new interface follows the recent introduction of EBSCO's Student Research Center (SRC) interface for secondary school students. (See EBSCO's Secondary-Level Student Research Center Search Interface Now Available.) SRC offers an alternative to the existing EBSCOhost interface that supports EBSCO's secondary school databases, such as MAS Ultra and History Reference Center. While customers can continue to use the EBSCOhost Web interface to access applicable school databases, optional search interfaces such as Kids Search and SRC help to ensure that the specific user groups for which they are designed are able to extract the maximum benefit from their research experience, according to the EBSCO announcement. Both interfaces can also provide access to subscribed-to teacher resources including ERIC and EBSCO's Professional Development Collection.
Features and functionality of Kids Search include a completely new look and feel; the ability to search by topic, subtopic, or keywords; simultaneous searching across all subscribed databases; the ability to sort results by relevance, as well as by date; the option of filtering search results by source type; and the ability to add search results, images, or persistent links to searches to the Folder.
To view a sample screenshot of the main search screen from the Kids Search interface, visit http://support.epnet.com/custsupport/images/KidsHome.gif.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, http://www.epnet.com/