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Explore Thousands of Online Resources With One Click Provides FREE Access to Trustworthy Articles

PROVIDENCE, RI - November 5, 2015 - Students have a new way to navigate reliable content for research projects; the new Explora interface available via makes it easier than ever to find information stored in a variety of academic databases, at no cost. 

Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects,  or homework. The simple search delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, magazines, and reference books. The age-appropriate content can be filtered by reading level, and full-text articles offer text-to-speech to assist struggling readers or those learning English.

“Searching vetted content via Explora is a better alternative than randomly Googling a topic,” notes Sarah Hunicke, librarian at Portsmouth High School and president of School Librarians of Rhode Island. “Even though I do teach my students how to evaluate web sites, when they use Explora, they can rest assured that all of the articles have been licensed from reputable publishers who have checked the content for accuracy. And they don’t have to worry about ads or pop-ups.” is my go-to resource when sending students home with research assignments,” says Stephanie Mills, librarian at Park View Middle School in Cranston. “Knowing they can use all the databases without usernames and passwords allows them to have quick and easy access to reliable sources.” Students do have the ability, however, to set up free accounts to save their search results; they can add notes to themselves to capture ideas and further research questions.

Not only can students organize the content they’re using for their work, but they can then export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools. This functionality makes it easier for students to properly cite their sources and avoid plagiarism. 

(release from AskRI)