Monday, January 21, 2013

New search system under test

Locating information for an essay or indeed any kind of research isn't always as quick or easy a process as it ideally should be. Having to repeat your search in multiple information resources such as the Library catalogue and journal databases can be inconvenient
and time-consuming. To meet this need, the Library has set up a new system called Encore which allows searches on the library catalogue and most of our major ejournal databases at the same time. The default search combines books and articles, showing the top 3 or 4 most relevant articles and giving direct access to the full text of journal articles. However if you click on the 'Articles' tab you can choose to focus your search on the most subject-relevant resources. Of course, due to database licensing, the full-text is available only to Keele staff and students, so you must login using either your IT username and password or your library barcode.

Please let us know what you think of the system. Although we've tested it thoroughly we'd be particularly grateful if you notice anything which doesn't appear to work as it should.


  1. At first I didn't notice the catalogue and articles tab and got a poor result for my search - no hits. Using the articles tab was however very successful and I'm pleased with the ease of use and access to full text.

  2. Fantastic way to search! Makes finding journal articles so much easier too :)

  3. Used it in the library, very useful. There seems to be a difficulty accessing it through hallsnet though, it comes up with a problem loading page, it is not just me who has found this problem on campus.

  4. Apologies for the delay in fixing this, there was a firewall issue. It has now been resolved and Encore should be usable from Hallsnet.