Friday, September 10, 2010

BadgerLink Adds Two New Interfaces From EBSCO

BadgerLink now has access to two new interfaces from EBSCO - the Science Reference Center and the History Reference Center.

The Science Reference Center interface includes:

• Browsing subjects as the main navigational theme of the interface.
• Six main science categories in premier locations: Applied Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Scientists and Space Sciences and Astronomy.
• Science categories linked to a list of carefully-reviewed topics within the selected category.
• Topic selection that launches a database search producing highly-relevant results.
• Result List item refinements such as Date Range, Source Type, Title, Subject and other limiters.
• Reference Shelf links to the Dictionary, Science Experiments, Citation Help and a Research Guide.
• A Featured Science Topic of interest, which will be changed regularly.

 History Reference Center interface includes:

The highlight of this interface is its subject browsing functionality. There are two main history areas that occupy the premier location on the main interface:
• U.S. History to direct researchers to a sub-menu of ten main U.S. History timeline periods.
• The U.S. History Timeline periods align to the Timeline Limiter available in the current EBSCOhost interface.
• Period selection takes users to a list of topics that fall within that time period.
• Topics include famous people, events and topics from the selected period. Topics were identified after careful review of curriculum standards, classroom study and important topics from the time period.
• Selection of a topic will conduct a search and return a highly-relevant Result List related to the topic. In some cases, the result list may only be a handful of records…but all will be highly relevant to the topic at hand.
• The updated EBSCOhost Result List allows researcher to further limit by Date Range, Source Type, Title, Subject and more.
• World History will direct researchers to a sub-menu of eleven main World History timeline periods which follow the same functionality as described for U.S. History.

For any questions or concerns, please contact BadgerLink Technical Support at
(David Sleasman, Wisconsin  Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning)
BadgerLink is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning. Its goal is to provide access to quality online information resources for Wisconsin residents in cooperation with the state's public, school, academic, and special libraries and Internet Service Providers.

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