If your Library has CINAHL or any other databases through EBSCO, get ready for a new interface -EBSCOhost 2.0. EBSCOhost 2.0 will most likely be implemented this month. Some of the notable changes include:
- A simplified Basic Search Screen
- Limits displayed in two columns
- Enhanced Folders
- Search History Preview above Results list
- Date Slide Limiter (coming September 2008): Allows one to limit to a specific date range, right from results list.
- Preview Pane Icon: Hovering over this icon shows a more detailed preview of individual records without leaving the results page.
- How to Cite: Provides users with help on how to cite results from your EBSCO database according to several bibliographic formats (APA, AMA, MLA, etc).
- Similar Articles: Selecting an individual record reveals a list of accessible, similar articles.
- Image Quick View: Preview thumbnails of images from certain PDF articles, right from results list.
- Link consistency: Persistent link will now be the same as the link shown in the URL box (especially relevant for those who use a Proxy/EZ Proxy server).
If you currently subscribe to any of the EBSCO databases, you should be able to try out the Beta version of EBSCOhost 2.0. From an EBSCO database, select the ‘New Features’ link at the top of the page. You should then see an option to ‘Test Drive’ EBSCOhost 2.0.
For those of you who have tried it out, what do you think? I think the updated appearance looks clean and organized and am excited to keep trying some of the new features. But, I don’t particularly like that the Navigation Tabs under the search box(es) are simply blue links in white background (used to be different colored tabs). Similarly, I think it will take some time getting used to the ‘Refine Search’ Tab no longer being there (you can access all limits by selecting the ‘Advanced Search’ Tab or by selecting the ‘Revise Search’ link from the Search History/Alerts Tab). Also, in CINAHL, I wasn’t able to see the ‘Similar Articles’ feature. When I went into an EBSCO communications database that the MSU Libraries subscribes to, however, the ‘Similar Articles’ feature was visible and working! Perhaps this feature will be implemented a few months after the release?