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Discovery Improvements for 10/29/14, Including New Search Options

October 29, 2014

Today we launched a number of improvements to library systems, including some new ways to search the catalog and new functionality and display for collections in the iDEA: E-Repository & Archives. Read on for the details. 

New Catalog Searches

We've recently enabled some new search types for the catalog. Some of them are accessible from the Books & More search tool on the Libraries' website and all are available within the catalog itself.

Via The Website

Within the website's search tool, select 'Books & More' from the red drop down menu on the left and you will see that two new search types, Chapter Title and Genre, are available in the blue drop down menu on the right. 

Chapter Title Search

Many of the records for items in the catalog contain table of contents and chapter-related data. Previously, this data was part of the standard Title search. This often led to confusion because of the way the catalog displays search results, making it difficult to understand whether or not it was the main title of an item that was matching your search terms. Chapter titles and main titles would all appear together with little to distinguish them. 

With the new Chapter Title search, we have separated out chapter title data from main title data. If you are searching for a chapter of an edited work, for example, you may want to start your search here.  

Genre Search

Genre headings identify material by the style or technique of its intellectual content. They are also used to identify noteworthy physical aspects of items. 'Western' is an excellent example of genre in the catalog. 

Via The Catalog

Within the catalog, Genre and Chapter Title are available, as well as three additional searches; Local Call Number, Local Subject, and Standard Number.

Local Call Number

Local call numbers are call numbers that fall outside the Library of Congress (LC) or National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification systems. Often these consist of words or phrases rather than numbers. Type the complete Local Call Number or the beginning of it in the box. Then press enter or click on Search. For example:

  • reserve pc aron
  • journal
  • microfilm
  • ann ny acad sci
  • ms 1

Local Subject

Local Subjects are a subject terms that don't come from a controlled vocabulary such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) or Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). For example:

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Law
  • Sport management

Standard Number

The Standard Number search includes Government Document Numbers, Music Publisher Numbers, Library of Congress Control Numbers, CODEN designations, Universal Product Codes, and BISAC codes. For example:

  • X300l700
  • F01000810
  • D1011331726

New Collection Display and Functionality in iDEA

The new iDEA, Drexel Libraries' e-repository and archives, which launched last month, is developed in a tool called Islandora, which affords us many advantages. It does not, however, handle collections of items in the way we need. With the launch of new collection features today, we have been able to meet our most critical needs in that area.

Support for Collection Hierarchies

Items in the new iDEA are housed within one of three top-level collections; Drexel Research, Drexel History, Drexel Theses & Dissertations. However, we have a need to promote, organize, and provide description for sub-collections, and a new structure has been developed to support that. 

Promotion of Collection-Related Activity

The new collection landing pages we've designed as part of this process will list the most recent additions to the collection. 

Viewing and Faceting on All Items in a Collection 

Previously, looking at all items in a collection meant browsing through a list of icons and minimal descriptive data with no ability to filter results. Now, when you choose 'Explore the Full Collection' from a collection landing page, you will be taken to a set of search results for that collection that includes all of the other filtering options available for searches in the system. 

Example of a New Collection Page

Including sub-collections, recent items, and the option to view the entire collection.

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