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Release Date of EV2 Upgrade: 13 January 2005

:: Details of the impending upgrade to EV2 are available in an e-mail sent today to Engineering Village 2 customers:

As announced in December 2004, a significant new release of Engineering Village 2 is coming. The January 2005 release of Engineering Village 2 will be implemented on January 13th, 2005. This latest release contains exciting new enhancements that you should be aware of, as they will impact how you and your users interact with Engineering Village 2. While changes are intuitive product improvements, it is recommended that you read this announcement carefully to remain abreast of these changes.

The January 2005 enhancements include:

Beta introduction of Easy Search with faceted searching. A new search tab titled “Easy Search” will be made available and consist of a single ‘web-like’ search box. . Searches will be performed against all fields of your institution’s subscribed bibliographic databases. Users are then presented with results including a sidebar of “facets” or “clusters,” displaying groupings of terms present within the result lists. Users will be able to view groups of results clustered by data fields and further refine their searches by selecting clusters to explore further. Among the fields available for clustering are Database, Author, Controlled Vocabulary, Classification Code and Document Type. The introduction of Easy Search with faceted searching provide users with deeper disclosure into their result sets and offers simple tools for further search refinement.

As Easy Search with faceted searching is being released as a beta version, we encourage users to provide their thoughts and feedback.

The database select drop down menu has been replaced. To accommodate the growing list of available data sources available on Engineering Village 2, the database select drop down menu on the “Quick Search” and “Expert Search” screens has been replaced. Check boxes will appear at the top of these search forms, allowing users to select the entitled bibliographic sources they wish to search. This new layout more readily presents users with their database choices and makes it easier to select additional databases for multiple database searching.

Data sources linked to through Engineering Village 2 (including IHS Standards, GlobalSpec, Scirus, USPTO) can now be reached via a list of “More Search Sources” appearing at the bottom left hand side of the Quick Search and Expert Search search screens.

The “Ask an Expert” tab replaces the “Reference Services” tab. By default customers will continue to have access to “Ask an Engineer” and “Ask a Librarian” services under this new heading. Library customers may now choose to have user questions redirected to their own reference desk instead of the experts at Ei.

The January 2005 release of Engineering Village 2 also contains the following customizations which can be implemented by contacting Ei Customer Support at eicustomersupport AT elsevier.com or 1(201)356-6824:
  • A default beginning search year may be set for all subscribed databases. Currently the system uses 1990.
  • Default setting for sorting
  • Up to two local holding links will be allowed at the search results level. For example, a library can provide one link to their OpenURL resolver and another to a document delivery service. As many links as needed can be used at the Abstract or Detailed level.
  • Subscribers can now select what page they will be taken to when they enter www.engineeringvillage2.org. (Easy Search, Quick Search Expert Search, Referex Engineering, Thesaurus) Quick Search will continue to be the default page.
  • The Easy Search tab with the faceted searching feature can be suppressed.
Additional enhancements found in the January 2005 release include:
  • The number of saved searches per Personal Account including e-mail alerts has been raised from 25 to 125.
  • Users will be able to re-sort their results from the results page. Options will include relevance, date, author, source or publisher.
  • Browse Index radio button in both Quick and Expert Search are replaced by hyperlinks.
  • Searches may be saved and e-mail alerts created directly from the results page.
  • The question mark “?” has been added to specify a single unknown search character.
  • Proximity operators NEAR and ONEAR have been added to allow searchers to specify within how many words two words phrases may fall from one another or to specify the order and distance that search terms fall within.
Each of the enhancements listed will be implemented as of January 13th. To receive a live guided tour of this new release prior to January 13th, please contact us at eicustomersupport AT elsevier.com. Ei Librarian, Karen Berryman will provide online guided tour of the coming product, detail the available options and answer any questions you may have. Demonstration sessions last about one-half hour and are free of charge for all Engineering Village 2 customers. These demonstrations provide you with the opportunity to take an advance look at the new and exciting changes coming on Engineering Village 2.

Additional detail on this release can be found in the most recent issue of the Ei Update electronic newsletter at www.ei.org\eiupdate.

As always, questions and concerns should be directed to Ei Customer Support at eicustomersupport AT elsevier.com or +1(201)356-6824.

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