Explora - Tutorial

Explora – Tutorial

Introducing Explora: An EBSCO Experience

This tutorial demonstrates the features of EBSCO’s Explora interface, a dedicated search interface for all of your EBSCO school or public library databases.

Welcome to Explora, EBSCO’s engaging
interface for schools and public libraries.
Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports student research, classroom
instruction, and patron information needs with
rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. In this tutorial, we will conduct a
basic search, review the available browsing
options, and explore the database’s unique features. Let’s begin by conducting a search from the
home page. Enter your keywords in the search
box. The Autocomplete feature will anticipate your search terms, so even if you misspell a
word, relevant search terms will appear in the
drop-down menu. You can select from the list or finish entering your keywords and click Search
to generate a list of results. Many results include a Topic Overview on the
result list. This convenient feature provides you
with the background information needed to start your research. Clicking More takes you to the
full article. From here, you can read the full text of the
article or listen to the article using the Text-to-
Speech feature. Depending on your search term, the overview article may contain additional
links within the full text that will take you to
related Topic Overview records. By default, your search results will appear in
order of relevance, but you can also sort articles
by publication date. Filters help you further refine your search results. For example, select
Full Text to limit your results to only records
with complete articles. You can also limit results by Source Type, such as Books, Magazines,
News, or Primary Source Documents. Use the
Lexile Range limiter to find articles suited to your reading level. Click on a Full Text link to view the full text
article, or click the title to view details about the
article. Don’t have time to read it now? Sign in and click the folder icon to save the record to
your personal folder. From the PDF Full Text screen, you can also
print or save the complete article to your
computer by using the icons found in the Adobe Reader toolbar. Use the Tools Menu to print,
email, cite, export, or add the result to your
personal folder. Educators using Google Classroom can share
Explora content with their students. Once you’ve
logged in to Google Classroom, simply select a Class and an Action to share your article. From the Explora home screen, you can also
view an image carousel of timely topics, updated
weekly. Click the Learn More link for a list of results related to that topic. Click the left and
right arrows to navigate the carousel. Below the image carousel are categories to
browse for research ideas. Click a link to one of
the featured topics OR click on the More link to view an alphabetical list of all topics in that
category. From the Category Browse page, you can click
a letter to jump ahead in the alphabetical list of
topics. Click the topic link for a list of relevant results. Each topic includes a Topic Overview on
the search results page. If at any time you wish to return to the home
screen, click the Explora logo. To view the
complete online Help system, click the Help link at the top right of your screen.

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