Searching for topics

By Sherry Rector on Mon, 5/24/2010 at 1:36 pm
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Sherry Rector
Teacher, Commerce ISD

I would like to see SAFARI refine its searchable content.  I tried searching for "Emily Dickenson," and got "no results,' and yet there are in fact SEVERAL results.  I found those by accident by searching for "poetry," in general and browsing the list.  I would certainly think that an author search would yield whatever SAFARI has on that particular author.

I am loving SAFARI; I just need to be able to find things quickly.

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Lori Griffin
Executive Editor, SAFARI Montage

Hi Sherry,

I think you may just have hit a typo. We do have several titles on the system that come up when you search for Emily Dickinson-- Dickinson with an 'i', not an 'e'. :) Glad you tried the poetry search too. It's always a good idea to search a different way if you hit a dead end.

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Dana Magenau
Account Executive (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA), SAFARI Montage

Hi Lori, a very good example of why a "Did you Mean?" feature would be great. I'm sure this requires some rolling up the sleeves and I'm not sure of the depth and breadth of such a feature, but it seems like we should consider adding this. I spent several frustrating minutes trying to find videos on Cesar Chavez because I didn't spell his name correctly. Perhaps a spell check built into the search engine is easier than a "Did you Mean" suggestion feature. Either way, this is going to be very importnat as we move towards student usage.

As always, thanks for listening.....


Dana Magenau