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DISCIPLINE SCOPED SEARCHING & SEARCH WIDGETS
Summon users will now be able to perform focused research by subject-specific discipline with levels of precision never before possible with older database-centric discovery tools. With Discipline Scoped Searching hundreds of millions of items in the Summon unified index, across dozens of content types, are now mapped to specific disciplines at the individual item-level. This advancement offers more precision verses previous generation search tools which could only scope searches by broad database groupings.
This release also includes a new Custom Search Box and Widget Builder tool which enables libraries to easily create and embed scoped search boxes and search widgets within any Web environment. Search widgets, as opposed to search boxes, now provide users with an opportunity to preview Summon results in their current Web page before committing to view the full results set in the Summon interface. This is another first for discovery services.
Details about Discipline Scoped Searching
With this release, discipline scoping is only experienced by users who run a search from a pre-scoped search box or search widget that the library sets up on a research guide, course guide or any other Web page. Users running a search from a discipline scoped search box will now see a contextual discipline facet on the Summon results page. The discipline facet can be interacted with by the user just like any other Summon facet or limiter.
It is important to note that the discipline facet is not a new permanent facet on the default interface. Users will only see the discipline facet if they are coming from a discipline scoped search box or search widget—so it is up to the library to make this exciting new feature available to your users.
The Summon index currently includes 59 disciplines derived from a combination of authoritative discipline classification sources, including Columbia's Hierarchical Interface to Library of Congress Classification (HILCC), the Serials Solutions Knowledgebase and Ulrich’s. Items can be mapped to more than one discipline. Summon takes discipline scoping far beyond journal articles to include content types not included in database-level subject scoping. However, not all content in the index is mapped to a discipline. For example, newspaper articles are not currently including in discipline scoped searching.
Details about the Custom Search Box and Widget Builder
Scoped search boxes and search widgets created using the new builder tool automatically are now “sticky”—which means they default to “keep search refinements” so that searches retain their scoping parameters when a user refines their query. Search boxes and search widgets can be scoped to a discipline or combination of disciplines, as well as virtually any combination of the facets and limiters available in the Summon service, including full text availability, peer review status, content type, date, language and more.
Additionally, the Custom Search Box and Widget builder tool isaccessible for each library at http://xxxx.summon.serialssolutions.com/widgets . Because this tool resides outside of the Summon administration console, it is possible for the library to extend access to individual users—which allows researchers to build scoped search boxes for personal use and can ease collaborative research efforts in environments outside the library such as personal websites, faculty pages or social media sites.
How do I find out more?
To learn more about these new features please review the following Support Center documentation.