Research Tools - Spring 2003

Wilson Web Features Upgrades

New upgrades to Wilson Web Library of Databases include many features that make searching for the novice or the advanced user more efficient. Wilson publishes some of the most popular periodical indexes (such as Reader's Guide, Book Review Digest, and Index to Legal Periodicals Index) and the Weinberg Library offers access to them both through our in-house electronic index menu and from remote searching as well.
Some of the enhancements include built-in subject-specific thesauri for each of the databases, a capacity for natural language searching, and the ability to search multiple databases simultaneously. The searcher can also ask for the results to be ranked by relevancy or sorted according to journal title, date, or author's name as well. This last feature is extremely helpful when preparing your works cited page or checking to see which journals routinely publish on your topic. The traditional searching techniques of using Boolean operators and truncation are still available, and you may also restrict your terms to a specific field (such as company name or subject heading). When the abstract or full text document is retrieved, your search terms are displayed in red, so you can easily target your key words as you scan through the article. An additional feature that makes the Wilson Web even more useful for the patron searching from a remote site is the new link to full-text articles that the Library subscribes to in other databases. You may now locate a citation to an article that is not full-text in Wilson, but is available through a service such as Project Muse or Kluwer. This means you do not have to exit the Wilso n Web index, check the Electronic Journals Holdings List, and then move to the database that contains the full-text. You are automatically connected to the journal you need by a click on the specific icon.
More and more of the electronic index products are incorporating this new technology, known as SFX Linking to make seamless navigation possible between indexes and providers. Look fo r additional enhancements, such as links to web pages, books in our OPC, and a document delivery component in further upgrades of Wilson Web.
Please call the Reference Desk at x4000 if you would like a demonstration of the new enhancements or have any questions about searching the database.
Betsey Moylan