Visual Search in EBSCO Databases

By , October 16, 2006 10:17 am

The EBSCO databases have a cool new way to search for information. It’s called Visual Search. “Visual Search allows you to search efficiently across broad subjects,
and then returns a visual map of results, organized by topic.”

You just search for a topic and you’re given a visual picture of your search results, where circles represent related topics and squares represent actual articles.
To move back (or up) in the map, click outside of a circle or square. Click on Top Level to view the entire map.

You can even use the filters at the top of the map to limit or focus information by keyword, date, or publication name.

Click on the circles to focus on that particular topic. Then mouseover any square to get the citation info for its article. If you want more, click the square to view the information on the right side of your screen. You can even see whether the article is available full text.

To search visually rather than textually, just click the “Visual Search” tab at the top of any EBSCO database.

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