Friday, April 30, 2010

Cool New EBSCO Feature!

EBSCOhost has added a new Text to Speech feature to databases with HTML content.
Link to Article databases by title from the search area to find journal and newspaper articles on the Pierce Library home page.

Search an EBSCO database and look for an HTML link following the abstract for an article that's available full-text from the result list.

Link to the full text and look for Listen beneath the title to have content read aloud while highlighting follows along. Select text or start from the beginning. You may select a voice (American, British, or Australian accent) and reading speed (slow, medium, or fast).

If you like this feature, please let us know!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Family Study Room at Pierce Library

What: A family-friendly study room is now available for students with children!

Where: Ground floor, room 022 (also home to the curriculum collection)

When: Available during regular library hours:

Sometimes you may need to bring your children to campus. Use the study tables and computer available to you while you keep an eye on your children as they entertain themselves nearby. They will find crayons, paper, activity books, and videos. Books to read while visiting are available from the youth collection next door, and can also be checked out as you leave.

Questions? Call 541-962-3579, or email Answerland at

Friday, April 9, 2010

EBSCO Translates!

EBSCOhost makes it easy to find an article and translate it from one language to another. If you haven't already made that discovery, try this:

Go to the library home page and find the search area to locate journal and newspaper articles. Click on 'Article databases by title' and link to Academic Search Premier from the alphabetical list of databases. (If you are located off-campus, you will be asked for your last name and EOU student ID number or Library barcode to access the database.)

Enter a search term and check the box to limit results to full text (located on the same page beneath the search fields.)

Find an article that you would like to read in another language on the result list. If there is a link to HTML Full Text following the article abstract, link to it and look for the drop-down list to choose a language (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, and both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.) Click Translate to see the full text in the language you selected.

Click Return to return to English. Note: If you print, e-mail or save the full text, it will be delivered in the language of the database. However, you can print the translated text using your browser's Print function.

Learn more about EBSCO's translation feature by clicking on Help at top right of any screen in the database.

AdiĆ³s a mis amigos!

Friday, April 2, 2010

EBSCO Enhanced PDF Viewer

Available to you now: EBSCO's Enhanced PDF Viewer

EBSCOhost online databases now feature a special viewer designed to streamline the browsing of an entire issue, or all available volumes and issues, from one screen. There are also several helpful features to enable users to easily navigate and manage open PDFs, including:
  • "Inside this work" column with instant access to citations
  • Hyperlinked access to full text issue contents
Click on this link to view a short demonstration:

You can explore new features by accessing any EBSCO database from the Pierce Library home page ( Find the search area to locate journal and newspaper articles and click on 'Article databases by title'.

Link to Academic Search Premier (for example). Enter a search term of your choice and scroll down the page to check the PDF Full Text box. (If this box is not available in other EBSCO databases, simply limit to full text.) Click on Search and link to a PDF from the result list. Look for the "Inside this work" column at left.

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