Report:Engineering Village/Viewing Results/Viewing Individual Records
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Viewing Individual Records
Engineering Village supports three bibliographic formats, listed here from the least detailed to the most: Citation, Abstract, and Detailed Record formats. Immediately after running a search, all search results will be displayed in citation format by default. The Results Manager box at the top of the page may then be used to display up to 400 selected records in “Abstract” or “Detailed Record” formats (see the Flagging Records section for more information on the Results Manager feature). Alternatively, users can open any single individual record in these formats by using the hyperlinks that appear under each citation.
NOTE: Referex, an e-book file, will have different display options because it contains full text records as opposed to bibliographic records.
In addition, the “full text” links appearing under each citation will direct users to third party publishers, where they can usually purchase the entire document (see Import, Export, and Download for more information)
The ability to expand bibliographic details for up to 400 records at a time is beneficial for searchers who need to review all their search results in-depth before selecting articles for purchase: it presents a way to view all the expanded records in a linear fashion. The 400 document limit could be an obstacle to searchers that need to review very large hit lists, but this should come up only occasionally if targeted search methodologies are used. A workaround to the 400 document limit would be to return to the results set after browsing the first 400, and then selecting documents 401-800 as the next set to be reviewed, via the Results Manager’s “select range” feature.
The following sections discuss the three formats for bibliographic records in detail.
Citation View (All document types)
The citation view is the default format for any record to be displayed in the hit list. It gives basic information about the record, such as the title, author, source (journal) and database (the EV file that contains the record). EBook records that are displayed in the citation format will include the book title, author, publisher, ISBN number, chapter title, and page number where the search criteria were found. The figure below shows examples of these two citation formats.
In the hit list, hyperlinks underneath each citation will allow users to view the record in other display formats.
Abstract View (Bibliographic Files)
The Abstract View in Engineering Village is the middle ground between the Citation format (discussed above) and the Detailed View (discussed below). Essentially, this format highlights record content over bibliographic details. The main features of the abstract view format are the record title, abstract, and special indexing terms (such as [controlled and/or uncontrolled vocabulary] terms, or classification codes). Hit terms from the search string will be highlighted here in red.
The abstract view can be loaded individually for any record by selecting it from the list of hyperlinked display options that appear under each citation. The Results Manager tool can also be used to this view for up to 400 records from the hit list at a time. The figure below shows an example of the abstract view for a bibliographic record.
Detailed View (Bibliographic files)
The Detailed View in Engineering Village is the display format that contains the most metadata about the record, including detailed bibliographic information such as:
- Accession number
- Title and author
- Author affiliation,
- The serial title and its abbreviation,
- Volume, issue and page numbers,
- ISSN and CODEN numbers,
- Document type
- Language and country of publication
- Material Identity Number
- Number of References
- Controlled/Uncontrolled Vocabulary
- Treatment and Discipline
- DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
Much of this detailed bibliographic data will load at the beginning of the record, pushing the abstract and controlled vocabulary information towards the lower half of the page. Thus, this display format is probably best when users wish to examine a record of particular interest in more detail. Search hits will be displayed in red text.
The detailed view may be loaded individually for each record by selecting the hyperlink beneath each citation, or it may be loaded for up to 400 records at a time using the Results Manager feature. The figure below shows an example of the detailed view.
Viewing eBooks Results
Because eBooks in Referex are full text records, there are different viewing options for these hits. Users can view metadata about the hit with the “Page Details” and “Book Details” options, or they may choose to “Read the Page,” “Read the Chapter,” or even “Read the Book” that was responsible for the search hit. The figures below show each of these options in more detail.
Page Details View (Referex)
The Page Details view is only available when a keyword search is performed in Referex. If a search is conducted in the title, author or subject fields, for example, the results of a Referex search will be books, rather than individual pages of books. In those cases, Referex results can be viewed via the Book Details format (discussed in the section below).
When viewing Referex records returned from a keyword search, the Page Details view is sort of an equivalent to the Abstract view for bibliographic records: its primary purpose is to highlight the record’s content based on the user’s search string. This display format contains a field called “Page Highlights,” which presents text excerpts centered around search keyword hits (similar to what some search engines would call a KWIC, or “Keyword-In-Context” field) A typical extract might be a sentence or a portion of a sentence containing the keyword of interest. The Page Details view also contains information about the eBook’s keywords, subject terms, and the Referex collection the record belongs to. All terms from the search string will appear highlighted in red.
From the Page Details view, the user can move on to read the page or chapter of interest within the book, or can open the entire text of the book (via the Read Page, Read Chapter or Read Book links, discussed further below).
Although it is usually beneficial to have a keyword-in-context style field extracting portions of interest from longer documents, the “page highlights” field in this case could benefit by including a few sentences for each keyword hit, rather than just a portion of a sentence.
Additionally, in a situation where the search string is made up of very common words that could occur hundreds of times within an eBook, it is unclear how the search engine selects the page of interest. The editor’s assumption is that the engine selects the page with the highest relevancy ranking based on keyword frequency, and also proximity (if multiple keywords are used).
Book Details View (Referex)
The Book Details view is always available for hits from a Referex search, whether it is a keyword search or otherwise. The purpose of this format is to give the reader in-depth information about the title. This display has two major fields: the Book Description, a multi-paragraph entry about the content, purpose and audience of the book, and a hyperlinked table of contents, which will allow the searcher to begin browsing the text of the book at any point.
From this display, the user can link out to any chapter of interest, or can open the entire eBook text via the Read Book link which appears at the top of the page.
Read The Page
The Read The Page option is available from the Page Details display format. This link will open a PDF browser in a new Adobe Reader window, to allow users to read through the page of interest from the Referex book and to see keywords in context. Any keywords from the original search string will appear highlighted in blue.
This feature is not only for reading a single page in a Referex hit; instead, it can be used to browse through the entire book via enhanced navigation features,
At the top of the page, a cover art icon is displayed, along with basic bibliographic details of the book. This pane is frozen and will always be visible when scrolling down the page itself. On the top right, navigation tools allow users to turn the page, type a new page number in to the text box, or to skip to the beginning or end of the book. Hyperlinks are provided to the beginning of the current chapter, and to the table of contents.
Additionally, a “highlighter” icon in the upper right corner allows the user to turn keyword highlighting on and off. This link does not allow users to define their own keywords for highlighting, however – only the search string keywords will be used.
Finally, links in the toolbar directly above the page allow users to do all the typical things that are enabled in Adobe Reader, such as to print or save a document, change the zoom, and to search the page for text, among other functions. The figure below shows an example of the Read the Page feature.
The Read Chapter feature is a surprise, in that the default navigation features are different from the Read Page option described above. When the Read Chapter icon is chosen, the book chapter is loaded in Adobe Reader with a side panel that can be used to navigate the chapter by thumbnail images, or to search the chapter via a keyword search. Another difference is that no keyword highlighting from the original search string will be automatically highlighted from this view. In addition, the frozen detail panel, discussed above, has been replaced by bibliographic details that appear on the top of the page at the beginning of each chapter.
The Read Chapter interface retains the all-purpose adobe reader toolbar, which can be used to save or print the entire chapter, or to change the zoom, among other features. The figure below shows an example of the Read Chapter interface.
Finally, the Read Book option, which is only available from the Page Details or Book Details view, can be used to open the text of the entire book. Because the option loads more data than the Chapter or Page options, most searchers will probably use this option sparingly. Its main advantage is that it does allow users to print out the text of an entire book, without having to load each new chapter and print it separately. The book opens in Adobe Reader, without the top or side panels seen in the Read Page and Read Chapter features, discussed above.