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

  • From: Melissa Smith <mdsmith25@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 19:37:44 -0600

Well, your probably right, but, maybe if enough of us agree on this, we can reach an agreement with them.


Melissa



Lynn I wrote:
I really like that suggestion--but I'd guess engineering will not feel the
same way. *smile*

Blessings.

Lynnsky
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I'm thinking that perhaps, the quick search should be the original, without
the full text search, and, the advanced search can include the full text
search. When using the advanced search, you should be able to fill in the
criteria you what to search for and it only search on that parameter. I
really like the full text search, but see that it gives a lot of results
that aren't really relevant to what people are searching for. The advanced
search has a box to search on the full text parameter, and I'm thinking that
should be the only place the full text search appears.

Melissa




siss52 wrote:
It seems to me that the search engine was better like it was. I could search for a particular title, and if it was not in the collection, I just did not get any results. I would rather have it that way than to get irrelevant results.

Sue S.

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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
through
  2 of 2 results

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

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas
  by
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:

Sixteen
  by
Donald R. Gallo

On the Fringe
  by
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.
Debby

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?
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