|EBSCO Publishing has announced the release of two new products: Learning
Online Package and Curriculum Online Package. The company also announced
partnerships with document-delivery providers FIZ Karlsruhe and the Canada
Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) that will deliver
full-text access to journals.
Learning Online Package
EBSCO Publishing has combined its EBSCOlearn Social Studies
and Science series with its Online Reader program to form the Learning
Online Package. Accessed via EBSCOhost, this package contains more
than 3,600 full-text articles offering nonfiction content from such publications
as Scientific American, Ranger Rick, Cobblestone,
National Wildlife, and U.S. News & World Report. The
Learning Online Package is designed to help teachers comply with state
educational standards, while equipping students with skills in reading
comprehension, cultural awareness, writing, technology, and standardized
The Learning Online Package contains carefully selected articles with
corresponding multiple-choice assessments that are formatted similarly
to standardized tests. Articles have been assigned Lexile reading levels
and are appropriate for grades 2 to 12. The EBSCOhost interface
enables teachers to conduct searches by subject, keyword, and individual
reading level. Once an article is chosen, teachers can send assignments
to individual students or to groups of students via e-mail or direct them
to a specified URL. Students can then read the articles and complete assignments
online. Teachers are notified by e-mail when each student completes his
or her assignment.
Tests are graded automatically, allowing both students and teachers
to view correct answers. Progress reports are then generated automatically.
Teachers and students are able to view the types of questions that the
student answered incorrectly. Teachers can print out the articles, tests,
and progress reports in order to document a standard that has been taught
to an individual at a specific reading level.
The Learning Online Package includes Web links to state curriculum standards
and subject-specific Teacher Guides. Online Reader Teacher Guides are organized
by Language Arts standards, and the Social Studies and Science series Teacher
Guides are organized by age-appropriate themes, made up of three to eight
articles that relate to the theme. Teacher Guides offer compare-and-contrast
essays, open-ended activities, and lessons geared toward multiple learning
styles. The Learning Online Package can also be used by ESL and special
education teachers and for adult literacy and distance-learning programs.
Curriculum Online Package
Curriculum Online Package is a compilation of nonfiction articles that
support national and state educational standards. Accessed via EBSCOhost,
this comprehensive package offers schools and libraries a resource that
contains over 50,000 full-text articles from respected magazines, journals,
Through partnerships with McREL (Mid-continent Research for Education
and Learning) and MetaMetrics, Inc., EBSCO is able to fill the Curriculum
Online Package with the highest-quality articles that both align with education
benchmarks and possess Lexiled reading levels, according to the announcement.
Articles have been hand-selected from subject areas including U.S. History,
World History, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Civics, and
Language Arts. Searches can be conducted in a single subject area or across
any combination of subject areas and can be limited by benchmarks and reading
A broad range of popular and current articles allows teachers to cover
many subject areas while catering to the reading levels of individual students.
The Curriculum Online Package is available through both the EBSCOhost
and EBSCOlearn interfaces, which allow teachers to customize assignments
FIZ Karlsruhe, producer of the FIZ AutoDoc service, and CISTI can now
be accessed via EBSCOhost. Both are implemented solely on the discretion
of the individual library and will only be visible in a result if the administrator
has chosen that option in EBSCOadmin. EBSCO Publishing's Technical
Support team is also available to help libraries activate their ILS links.
Links can be set up so that they do not appear when full text is in the
search results or when the full text is available in the library's local
FIZ AutoDoc, a German document-delivery broker system, assists customers
in finding what they seek by directing them to the appropriate journal
and full-text supplier. Currently, FIZ AutoDoc offers delivery service
for over 100,000 scientific journals.
CISTI provides document-delivery and other services for individuals,
libraries, and institutions. According to the announcement, CISTI's collection
of over 50,000 serials and more than 600,000 books, reports, and conference
proceedings in science, technology, engineering, and medicine is one of
the largest of its kind in the world.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.