Visual Search Feature in GreenFILE

Database search results can be overwhelming.  Especially when users are searching a broad topic.  A search for solar power in EBSCO’s GreenFILE database returned a list of 6,275 results.

GreenFILE Basic Search Results

Thankfully, there is a feature in the left-hand sidebar which allows users to filter by subject to refine their search.  However, users may find that once they choose a subject it is not what they were looking for and must backtrack!

GreenFILE Visual Search


GreenFILE’s visual search feature cuts down on backtracking and makes it easier for users to filter their search results.  In visual search, the results are immediately broken down into subject categories.  This clean display makes it easy for users to browse article titles and their related subject headings in order to choose the best subject filter, or filters.

In visual search, the resulting squares are only big enough to display the article title (or a portion of it) and the publication date.  Clicking on a square lets users view the article title, date, journal, author, and abstract without navigating away from the search results page (pictured below)!

-Kelly R, Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District

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Citation Matcher in MasterFile Premier

In MasterFILE Premier it is always useful to search under “Publications” to find an issue, or an article in a particular publication.
Another way to do this though, and sometimes a faster way, is to search for it by using the Citation Matcher search. The link to the Citation Matcher page from the MasterFILE homepage is found by putting the cursor over the arrow next to the “More” button located on the horizontal menu bar that is located near the top of the page.

A good example of a search on the Citation Matcher page would be if someone would want to see the latest Consumer Reports “Annual Auto Issue” which each year is the April issue.
You can get to the issue by typing Consumer Reports in the “Publication Box”, the date April, 2011 (typed this way: 201104) in the “Date Box”, and clicking on “Search”.

Tom

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Tumble Into Reading

Whenever a resource comes along to support kids and reading, it’s worth taking a look at. If it happens to be an e-resource, available 24/7 and free to library patrons, what’s not to like?

I had become a fan of Scholastic’s BookFlix (loved the pairing of fiction with relevant nonfiction titles and all the educator resources) only to learn it was being replaced with TumbleBooks. Having a distinctly different appearance, the Tumblebooks format simulates using a handheld e-device vs. turning the pages of a book. From making your own “Playlist” (preloaded selections also available) or choosing Audio Books, navigation is kid friendly. The animated illustrations are full screen and text is highlighted while being narrated. Six sections to choose from include: Story Books (the best selection), Read-Alongs, Tumble TV (new), Puzzles & Games (aids reading comprehension), Language Learning (Spanish & French) and Nonfiction Books. There are popular titles by well-known authors and the collection keeps growing. (I was excited to see Graphic Novels in the Read-Alongs, only to see that none are available yet.) To sum it up, TumbleBooks provides a fun, engaging and interactive way to connect kids with reading.

I use summer reading at our library as an opportunity to introduce young readers to TumbleBooks, as I did with BookFlix. My goal is to keep the children interested and involved with reading. After all, there are many ways to enjoy a book. Both databases achieve this goal. Along with author, illustrator and publisher information there is reading level, reading time, book reviews and accelerated reading information provided. On another note, it is a valuable literacy tool to promote for classroom use as well!

Susan
Youth Services
CLAV

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Search Alerts in MasterFILE Premier

Did you know that you can create a “search alert” in MasterFILE Premiere?   A search alert allows you to be notified any time an article on a topic of interest to you is added to the MasterFILE Premier database.  For instance, I have search alerts for local subject headings such as “La Roche College,” “Allegheny River,” and “Pittsburgh.”  Whenever a new article on one of my saved searches appears in MasterFILE Premiere, I receive an email with a link to the article. The articles can then be featured on our library Home Page or posted in the Local Interest Center.

For instructions on saving a search as an alert, click on “Help” in the upper right hand corner of the MasterFILE Premier home page, type “alert” in the search box, and select a topic for further instructions.


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Mary Lee Resnick

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