Alkek Library News

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wilson Databases Redesign Interface

WilsonWeb releases the “frameless” interface. Among some of the the enhancements you will see when trying the new interface, are the following: (from Wilson's news release)

  • New enhanced layout and graphics
  • New navigational features that will make the finding of information easier, faster and more successful. For example, you will see new clickable tabs at the top of the search results that allow for the narrowing of search results to include full text when available, peer-reviewed articles, etc. Also, notice the new dual use text entry box at the top of each search results screen, allowing you to search within your results, or for constructing an entirely new search.
  • New for the popular Suggested Subjects. They are now listed on the left side of your search results screen and have been expanded, offering additional subjects that might be of interest.
  • New simplified Print, Email, Export and Save functions.
  • New easy to use Search History screen. Combine your searches, create email Alerts and save searches for later retrieval from this screen.
  • New translation capability. Translate Full Text HTML documents from English into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and/or Korean.

Some of the most popular databases Alkek subscribes to are via Wilson such as, Art Full Text, Biography Reference Bank , Education Full Text , General Science Full Text, and Social Sciences Full Text, just to name a few.

I find the new interface a refreshing change. The change is not so radical that you won't know you are using Education or Humanities Full-text. Now, most of what you expect to see in your search results (narrow your results, subjects, export, etc.) are there and easy to navigate. It's easier to save and print and to create a search alert. Way to go Wilson!

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