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The MSU Libraries provide access to over 200 research databaess covering all academic disciplines. Our largest single provider of databases, EBSCO, unveiled in July its EBSCOHost 2.0 interface, providing greater flexibility in searching of the 63 databases EBSCO provides from this platform.

The "faceted" results page provides users with many ways to zero in on the most relevant results. By creating an EBSCOHost profile, users can customize the display and share results with others.

Other enhancements include convenient article previews and more visible persistent links to searches and individual articles. It is also easier than ever to set up an alert to be notified by email or RSS whenever new articles about a topic are added to a database.

The importance of these databases can be seen in usage statistics. In 2007, there were over 750,000 search sessions in EBSCO databases.

Over 150,000 of these sessions were in the Academic Search Complete database, which is funded by the state legislature through the Missisippi Alliance for Gaining New Opportunities Through Library Information Access (MAGNOLIA).



About MSU Libraries:

Mississippi State University Libraries is a premier research library providing its communities of users an ongoing, creative, technologically advanced library program that provides new and emerging technologies; enhances and inspires teaching, research, and service of the highest caliber in an environment of free and open inquiry and with a commitment to excellence. For more information about MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/ .

MSU, Mississippi's flagship research university, is online at www.msstate.edu.