March 30, 2007

EBSCO visual search interface

Writing about web page http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web&defaultdb=

Something I found out about at the recent LILAC conference.

This search interface is a Java applet.

From the page I’ve linked to you’ll need to find and click on the “Visual search” tab.

Once the page has loaded (it may take a while: it told me 15 seconds) you will be able to type your search term into the search box at the top. Don’t forget to select the collection to be searched from the drop down list and then just click on the search button. You will get colourful results!

A circle represents a cagetegory and a rectangle represents a document. You can browse the categories: click on one to zoom in on the category. Hover over a category or a document for more information to pop up by your cursor.

If you click on a document the right hand side of the screen will show you the record for the document. From here you can click to see the full text as normal, or you can “zoom back” to look at other items.

It’s an interesting search interface, and it offers a different way of doing a search. Something for those who are bored or frustrated with the traditional database search interface.


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