February 16, 2018

EBSCO Partnering with Groxis for Visual Searching

By LJ Staff

One of the coolest new products on view at the American Library Association’s (ALA) recent Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio was a visual spin on searching EBSCO databases. EBSCO has partnered with Groxis, a top provider of visual search applications, to add those features to EBSCOhost. The Grokker (yes, it is borrowed from Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land) visual search feature lets users search for data and get results in a graphical results map. The company claims to be the first heavyweight content aggregator to offer such a feature. EBSCO additionally is making its LISTA (Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts) database available free at www.LibraryResearch.com. LISTA includes indexing and abstracts for more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports, and proceedings.