Release Date: June 15, 2017
The following release notes are for the June 15, 2017 release of WorldCat Discovery.
WorldCat Discovery June release highlights
Users can now save time on repetitive research tasks with saved searches, discover materials with newly optimized relevance algorithms, and intuitively manage and cite saved items and personal lists.
Include Request ID with problem reports
When reporting an issue with WorldCat Discovery, it is extremely helpful to include the Request ID. The Request ID is found at the bottom of the screen on which the issue occurred. Including this information allows us to directly trace what happened on the request we are troubleshooting.
New features and enhancements
Save time on repetitive research tasks with saved searches
Experienced researchers often create queries with complex Boolean logic, multiple facets and specific databases to track new publications from an array of disciplines. To reproduce complex or simple research queries repeatedly, WorldCat Discovery staff and WorldShare Management Services users can save searches to their user account.
Anyone with a WorldCat Discovery user account may save up to 100 searches and manage searches from their account page.
After authenticating, WorldCat Discovery users will see the option to save the search under “Search Tools”:
Clicking “Save this search” produces a confirmation of the saved search criteria with an action to view saved searches:
Access saved searches from the navigation bar or “Library Links”:
View, re-run or delete saved searches:
Redesigned display of action buttons simplifies user experience
Action buttons on search results and detailed records now display horizontally (rather than the previous vertical display). Also, we removed the buttons from the detailed record display on the left side of the screen to reduce duplicate actions.
New relevance algorithms help users find items
Over the last several months, our search algorithms underwent rigorous internal testing and piloting with member libraries. From this review, we determined a need to create two different relevance options: Best Match and Recency. Best Match, formerly known as Relevance Only, retrieves known items that are good matches on visible fields; and Recency retrieves more recent items, often considered more relevant for some academic disciplines. The previous Library and Relevance algorithm has been renamed Library and continues to surface local library holdings.
Please see our May 2017 Product Insights webinar and a recent Discovery Notes post for detailed explanations of the testing behind these changes. These adjustments are part of our ongoing effort to increase the relevance of search results that began with the release of a new search algorithm in August 2016.
- “Relevance Only” has been renamed “Best Match.” Users with “Relevance Only” as their current default are automatically transitioned to the “Best Match” option.
- “Library” replaces “Library and Relevance.” “Recency” is an entirely new option.
Set your library’s default relevance algorithm in OCLC Service Configuration -> My WorldCat.org -> Relevancy and Scoping->WorldCat Discovery default sort on search results, and select your default sort. The WorldCat Local default sort is no longer supported in WorldCat Discovery.
Please note: WorldCat Discovery relevance options are available only in WorldCat Discovery, and not WorldCat Local.
Successfully manage saved items with intuitive list management
Users can manage their “My Items” more intuitively with clearly-labeled actions.
As always, items on the “My Items” page are temporarily stored until permanently added to a “My Personal List.”
After logging in with WorldShare Management credentials, users will see the options to either create a new list or to move items to an existing list.
Immediately cite multiple My Items and My Personal Lists
Users can cite multiple items or entire lists from their “My Items” page or from their “My Personal Lists” when logged in. Users can still export lists and items for use in a citation management system.
Users may select multiple items to cite directly from WorldCat Discovery. Items will display the citation dialogue in the users’ preferred citation style.
The “My Personal Lists” page allows users to delete entire lists or to cite entire lists.
This is a list of new databases added to WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org since our last update.
You can enable these databases as search options in the Licensed Content and Databases module of the OCLC Service Configuration site. Please remember that your library must have a valid subscription to these databases in order to enable them.
The complete list of databases is available at https://www.oclc.org/content/dam/supp...ttargetID.xlsx
Available in WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org
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