IPSWICH, Mass. November 10, 2009. EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is bringing its EBSCOhost databases to users—even if users are on their smartphones. EBSCO has released EBSCOhost Mobile allowing researchers to access their EBSCOhost databases via smartphones and other handheld devices.
More people have advanced mobile devices now with more than 40 million smartphone units sold in the second quarter of 2009. Improvements in mobile technology have brought a new level of sophistication to what users are able to do with smartphones and other Internet-enabled mobile phones. Handheld devices have moved beyond phone calls and users expect a lot of functionality from their equipment.
All databases and services currently available on the EBSCOhost platform will be available via EBSCOhost Mobile. The EBSCOhost interface is the most-used research platform currently available in more than 100,000 libraries around the world. Since the interface is the basis for EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCOhost Mobile is poised to dramatically impact mobile searching.
EBSCOhost Mobile provides a convenient way for customers using mobile devices to find quality content. The main EBSCOhost Mobile screen offers a number of options including choosing which EBSCOhost database(s) to search plus setting search options, accessing field codes and specifying preferences.
EBSCO Publishing’s Director of Software Product Management, Ron Burns says EBSCO is developing resources to match the way people are searching for information. "The explosive growth in mobile technology coupled with widespread adoption among students, librarians, medical professionals, and corporate users means that research database providers need to be where the users are. EBSCOhost Mobile allows us to provide users with a platform that makes the power of EBSCOhost and its content highly accessible on the most popular smartphones and mobile devices."
Many of the existing EBSCOhost features such as search modes, limiting to full text, date ranges, peer-reviewed content or by publication are available. Users will also be able to search images from their mobile devices.
The result list is scrollable and available data includes citations, Image Quick View and access to full text articles. The result list also features a relevancy indicator and users are able to email results.
Clicking into a result replicates the EBSCOhost user experience providing researchers with information including author information/affiliation, links to the source, document type, subject terms, NAICS/Industry codes along with the abstract, ISSN, Accession Number, persistent links, images, links to full text, etc.
The interface has been designed with a lower resolution, simplifying the interface by removing folders and some other more advanced features for increased speed and user convenience.
In addition to providing access to smartphone users, EBSCOhost Mobile will also work on desktops helping libraries with low bandwidths since it uses only a fraction of the bytes compared to a traditional EBSCOhost search. EBSCOhost Mobile will also open up access to research databases to researchers in remote locations who are only able to access via satellite links.
About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of nearly 300 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as Academic Search, Business Source, CINAHL, DynaMed, Literary Reference Center, MasterFILE, NoveList, SocINDEX and SPORTDiscus as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as ATLA Religion Database, EconLit, INSPEC, MEDLINE, MLA International Bibliography, The Philosopher’s Index, PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.