EXPLORA--Research Made Easier

Rediscover online resources offered by EBSCO, now also available in our library through a new, engaging interface called Explora. Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Find full-text articles, or citations and summaries, displayed in a new, easier way.

Available to all on library computers and remotely to our cardholders, Explora offers the following content and features:

  • High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers
  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic Overviews that provide users with a starting point for research
  • Text-to-Speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • No ads or pop-up windows
  • Password-protected personal folders that allow users to save search results in a secure and organized holding area
  • Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools
  • A special Educator’s Edition of Explora is available for our teachers and students

 

Try Explora now! Click one of the direct link buttons below. Log in with your 14-digit Urbana Free Library card number, and discover Explora.

Explora button    Explora Educator's Edition button

 

To access Explora using the Library’s free WiFi or outside the Library when there isn’t a direct link:

  • Go to the Library’s website, select the eResources tab, choose Research, and type in your 14-digit Urbana Free Library card number.
  • Scroll down the list of databases to locate Explora or Explora Educator’s Edition.

To access Explora from a public computer in the Library: 

  • Anyone may use Explora via the public computers in the Library. 
  • Go to the Library’s website, select the eResources tab, choose Research, and scroll down the list of databases to locate Explora or Explora Educator’s Edition.

 

As always, if you have questions about Explora and any of the other online resources The Urbana Free Library provides for you, contact Adult Services staff members, at 217-367-4405, or reference@urbanafree.org

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