[bksvol-discuss] My Search Experiences, WAS: Re: Re: Modify Search Boxyikes on the new search

  • From: Debby Franson <the.bee@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 17:55:23 -0600

Hi Jamie and everyone!

I didn't have much time to play with the new search engine last night, since it was getting late, so I'm back at it for a while today.

I was browsing on ChristianBook.com and wanted to look to see whether Bookshare had a book I thought looked interesting.

I used the Bookshare Quick Search to search for

"Stories Behind the Traditions and Songs of Easter"

with the quotes.

I got two results.  I was also asked:

Did you mean:
stories behind the best-loved songs of christmas

Showing 1
 2 of 2 results

More Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas
Ace Collins

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas
Ace Collins

It was nice to see that I only got two results when I searched for that title in the quick search, the way I used to instead of thousands, so I decided to try the advanced search.

I searched for "Evans to Betsy" and don't think I used the quotes by typing that title in the edit box for the title and was shown that book only instead of hundreds or thousands of unrelated books.

I paged back once just to get at the same starting point in the advanced search, even though I didn't think I really had to do that, just doing it for comparison's sake, and decided to try that author, so I typed in Rhys Bowen and got 15 search results instead of thousands.

Only the last two books out of the fifteen results were by another author than Rhys Bowen.

Going back and searching on Jamie's example of Gallo gave me 619 search results. I didn't change any of the combo boxes to see what would happen.

The relevant books are:

Donald R. Gallo

On the Fringe
Donald R. Gallo

The rest of the 25 books on that first search page were from every author but Donald R. Gallo, so does that mean that those are the only books in the collection by him? I am unfamiliar with the author and his books.


At 06:16 PM 1/15/2010, Jamie Yates, CPhT wrote
Ok I'm going to try this. I put Gallo into the search box. I got 2,678 results with The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer as the top result (go figure).

I changed my sort order to By Author instead of By Relevance (since obviously relevance is relative since it wasn't relevant to me).

I still got the same number of results (way too many) and now the top book is even farther away from what I want, certainly not the author of Gallo.

So I clicked on the authors box and it gives me a list of authors, but not a single one of them has Gallo in the author's name.

I think on the front page there should be a box you check if you want the full text search, otherwise you get the same basic search we used to have. Or the other way around, check a box to get the same basic search we used to have. I don't have time to look through 2,678 results to see if there are any books in the collection with an author by the name of Gallo.

I suspect few of us have this kind of time either, which means we're just not going to scan books for fear they're already in the collection, or we're going to say to heck with it and waste our time scanning a book that may be in the collection but how in the heck are we supposed to find it?

Jamie in Michigan

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