Quick Search Updates Enhance and Personalize Results

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10-Apr-2013 Newsletter article

A recent upgrade to the Quick Search system has improved several features that affect the display and ranking of search results.

Each ISU library user can now choose to personalize the ranking of article results to highlight articles from your preferred subject areas. If you haven't used "Sign In" through Quick Search since late March, you'll be prompted to make this selection of one or more disciplines when you log in. After that, searches when you're logged in will push articles in those fields higher in the relevance ranking. If you skipped this option once but would like to try it, sign in to Quick Search, choose the "Personal Settings" menu, then edit the options under "Personalize your results." No results are removed from your searches with this personalized approach; sorting results by their relevance is simply reordered to reflect your own disciplinary focus.

Whether you log in to search or not, you can focus your search results with more control using the options under "Refine my results;" now you can choose to include or exclude multiple options in each limit category such as topic or resource type. Limiting by creation date is also easier since you can select one or more distinct date ranges.

Quick Search also now features a clearer display of online vs. print versions for book access, the ability to skip ahead several pages in a list of search results, and the option to save search results to the e-Shelf one page at a time or one item at a time. Records can now be exported in RIS format for compatibility with more bibliographic management systems. Additional enhancements are under development to continue improving your access to the information you need. If you have questions on these search features, please contact library staff.

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