Explora, EBSCO’s new interfaces for K12 schools and public libraries is now available in POWER Library e-resources. Explora will better assist students in completing research and classroom assignments and provide a more intuitive search experience for public library patrons. Multiple versions of Explora will be released for schools and public libraries. Each version features a unique landing page designed to best support the needs of students, patrons, teachers and librarians in their respective settings. The new interfaces available in POWER Library e-resources are:
- Elementary Student Research
- Middle School Student Research
- Public Library Search
The Explora interfaces replaced Kids Search and Searchasaurus in June 2015.
The new Explora versions feature an attractive, user-friendly design that can be easily viewed on mobile devices. A single search box on the home page helps to simplify the search process and increase student success. Easy-to-browse categories are organized by popular topics, and topic overviews provide users with a starting point for research. Relevant results can be limited by source type, including primary source documents and other authoritative information texts.
Educators can discover grade-appropriate content in Explora by limiting results according to reading levels and make use of highly relevant educator support materials such as ready-to-use lesson plans, classroom activities and rubrics. A Curriculum Standards Module allows educators to browse Common Core, state- and province-specific curriculum standards, many of which have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.