IsisCB Explore Opens for Use

Please try our new discovery service:!

IsisCB Explore

The past several months have been busy at the IsisCB office. In addition to continuing our work on the 2015 Current Bibliography, we have created a research platform using 40 years of IsisCB data. (See my earlier comments on this here and here especially).

The new platform, which we have called IsisCB Explore, enables users to save searches, collect citations, add public links and comments, and automate tasks with an API. Although it is still in beta form, it is ready to use.

You don’t have to log in to do basic searches, but logging in is very easy. You can use Facebook or Twitter to log in or you can register and create a free account.

Searching is done through a standard keyword search bar that will bring up results in two tabs. The citations tab gives you bibliographical citations and the authorities tab pulls up subjects, authors, publishers, and journals. Narrowing searches is done through a series of facet lists on the left. Most of this should be very intuitive.

One feature that we are especially pleased with is the ability to save any citation or list of citations to Zotero. With Zotero, your browser should immediately recognize all of the records that are displayed in IsisCB Explore.

Another handy feature is the search history. Your search history is always recorded so that you can go back and find things that you searched for earlier. The search list even remembers your facet choices. If there are some searches that you find especially useful, you can save them to return to later.

It is also very easy to add comments and links to records. The comment box on the right can be used when you are looking at any citation or authority record. One way that you can contribute immediately is to find your own authority record and add a link to your CV, faculty web page, or blog.

In the next posts, I’ll talk more about the features that we have and those that we intend to provide soon.

Please play around with this tool and give us your feedback. We hope to make this the first go-to source for your research. A lot still needs to be done, but we are pretty excited about what we have to start with. We hope you will be, too.