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Deciphering Discovery
Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Internet services industry; Communications & information management
Author: Notess, Greg R
Date: Jan/Feb 2011
Start Page: 45
Pages: 3
Section: on the net
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One of the latest search buzzwords for many libraries is "discovery." Discovery is the new metasearch that aims to replace federated searching with something faster and more comprehensive, which promises a better overall experience for users. At its simplest level, a discovery service combines searching for books and articles. While library discovery engines are targeted primarily at those within the organization, the search boxes are freely available on the Web and offer potential to those outside as well. Ex Libris Ltd has Primo, along with Primo Central Index, its database of online articles and ebooks. OCLC introduced WorldCat Local, which combines libraries' records from WorldCat with article databases. Beyond the combined searching for books and articles, another common trait of discovery search results is the use of the left-hand side of the screen for ways to narrow the results. Another way that discovery layers try to mimic Web searching is to rank results based upon some relevance algorithm.

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