Journal A-Z Lookup... evolved!
Why make BrowZine the first-stop for journal lookup on your website?
1) Minimize user confusion - Most A-Z systems are built for librarians who understand what a myriad of database names next to each title mean. For many typical end users this provides a point of confusion and frustration. What source should they choose when there are overlapping dates?
2) Fewer clicks to content - A typical end user experience involves:
- Title lookup
- Source Selection as well as understanding/comprehending what the different source options mean
- Understand/Interpret the resulting source (aggregator/publisher platform) to try to find the current issue if it is not immediately presented
- Click the current issue link
- View tables of contents
- Title Lookup
- Table of contents
3) Rich browsing experience - BrowZine returns subject results in addition to journal results if a user uses a broad term like "surgery." This allows a user to easily see a host of journals, similar to the ones they are familiar with, presented in a easy-to-grasp graphical format, and scoped to your library's holdings. If a user looks up a specific journal title instead, each journal lists the subject areas under which it is classified, allowing the user to continue browsing for similar titles.
4) High Performance - The BrowZine title lookup typically executes in a fraction of the amount of time of most A-Z systems. When used within BrowZine, it provides predictive capabilities for real-time feedback on your query!
5) Integration into A-Z Systems - As seen below in the Sample Lookup, if a user is looking for something not currently supported by BrowZine, we intelligently route the query to your A-Z system, just like your external lookup tool does today! But if they are looking for one of the tens of thousands of supported BrowZine journals from the world's top publishers then they will IMMEDIATELY get to the tables of contents of that title, or see multiple matches within BrowZine.
Sample lookup form examples:
BrowZine External Lookup explained:
1) If the result is an exactly ONE match for a title BrowZine will launch and go directly to that table's current issue!
2) If the result is an exactly ONE match for a subject in BrowZine, it will launch and show that subject area.
3) If the result is multiple matches found in BrowZine, it will launch and show the results set so that the user can choose from the results.
4) If there are ZERO matching results, BrowZine will NOT launch but instead the query will automatically be redirected to your current A-Z system.
Thus, for the majority of user searches they will get to content faster and be immersed in the easy to use BrowZine interface. However, if someone is looking for a non-BrowZine enabled title, the experience will be exactly what it is today - that they will go on to your existing A-Z system which will route them appropriately to where that content is available.
This is depicted in the workflow below:
BrowZine External Search Demo:
1. Find your library ID
2. Configure your lookup form
To customize the form HTML for your library, simply replace the red <library_id> values in the code below with your numerical library ID.
<img alt="" src="//s3.amazonaws.com/libapps/accounts/78343/images/BrowZinelogo.png" style="width: 125px; height: 125px; float: left;margin-right:20px;" /> <form method="get" action="http://api.thirdiron.com/v2/libraries/<library_id>/external-search">
<label for="query">Title, ISSN or Subject keywords</label>
<input type="text" name="query" id="query" required>
<input type="submit" value="submit">
Form action: http://api.thirdiron.com/v2/libraries/<library_id>/external-search
Form method: get
Search field input name: query
1. Put a text input field on your webpage
2. Add a button beside the input that will trigger submitting the entered text to BrowZine's journal title/ ISSN lookup service
<input id="browzine_title_lookup_input"> <button id="browzine_title_lookup_button" type="button" onmouseup="var searchTerm = document.getElementById('browzine_title_lookup_input').value; window.location='http://api.thirdiron.com/v2/libraries/<library_id>/external-search?query='+encodeURIComponent(searchTerm);">Start searching</button>