H.W. Wilson Upgrades WilsonWeb Information System

Apr 01, 2005

As part of an ongoing program of product improvement reflecting insights and suggestions from its customers, H.W. Wilson has announced enhancements to WilsonWeb, the Web-based reference database service, are now in place.

WilsonWeb 2.4 enhancements include: New Search Default for Full Text Databases--Full text databases on earlier versions of WilsonWeb automatically searched the complete text of articles for search terms. Now users can set this option to suit their need, by checking or unchecking the new "search within the full text" box. Unchecked (the new default), means only article titles, abstracts, subject headings, and other important bibliographic fields are searched. Check the box to retrieve all articles that mention the search term at all, even just once in the text.

New Basic Search Screen--No need to specify Natural Language or Boolean searching on the new Basic Search screen-just enter search terms, with any Boolean operators, and click Start. The new Basic Search recognizes and executes Boolean operators automatically, and returns results sorted by relevance.

New Persistent URLs for Records--Now it is easier to save a record for later retrieval, with the new Persistent URL function. Just click on the appropriate Article Link field, and the record's URL is saved to your browser's clipboard, for users to paste into any document. Other information, such as author, title, volume number, issue date, and page number are also saved, making it easier for users to identify the record at a later date.

New Window for WilsonLink--Clicking WilsonWeb's WilsonLink icon launches an automatic search of a library's Open-URL databases or the Web. Now, the results appear in a new window, even as original WilsonWeb search results remain handy on-screen.

Search Terms Highlighted in Abstracts and Articles--Users can see immediately where their search term is mentioned and in what context, for fast assessment of the value of an article. WilsonWeb now highlights the search terms in article abstracts and article text on our bibliographic databases (and in the text on biography databases), as well as in Subject and Title fields.

Other software changes are also in effect, including a wider choice of default settings, such as the setting for the number of records per screen or the format for saved records. Improvements to the WilsonWeb hardware are also in place, in an effort to bring users faster and more reliable service, including: more server capacity; more processing power; monitoring of user end-to-end response time.