EBSCO Announces Multilingual Health Databases, New Political Science Resources


Database provider EBSCO has recently announced the release of new health-related databases written in 17 different languages and set for deployment at pubic libraries around the country.

The new databases will contain "evidence-based reports" for 200 health-related topics, written at a third- to seventh-grade reading level. Languages included in the new offering are Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

"We all share health concerns, regardless of our native language, and there are many unreliable sources of answers out there," said Sam Brooks, EBSCO Publishing senior vice president of sales and marketing, in a prepared statement. "Multilingual Health Databases are designed so public libraries of all sizes can choose reliable health content that best serves their patrons and removes the language barrier to these popular searches. Public libraries can now reach out and serve a segment of their communities that is currently underserved."

Libraries interested in offering the databases will have the option to subscribe to some or all of the available languages.

EBSCO has also announced the release of Political Science Complete, a political science-focused database providing full-text searching capabilities.

The new resource offers abstracts form more than 2,000 resources, as well as full-text searching for approximately 500 publications. Topics covered by the resource include:

  • Law and legislation;
  • Comparative politics;
  • Political theory;
  • International relations;
  • Humanitarian issues; and
  • Non-governmental organizations.

The new database also includes full-text coverage of 150 reference books and more than 27,000 conference papers.

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