The same situation happened with the Springer website change. There
is no way that users can tell which titles we are subscribed to until
they try to access the article and are denied access. We have asked
for some type of search or display option that will give users an
indication as to which titles are full-text and part of our
subscription. They said they were working on something but that was months ago.
The green buttons that displayed in Synergy were great and Wiley need
to implement a similar display feature when they do the final
"change/upgrade" to their database at the end of the year.
Maybe the more feedback/complaints that these companies receive might
result in changes. The old adage - if it ain't broke, it don't need
fixing - applies. Why do they change things and remove the "good"
features and promote it as an upgrade/improvement?
At 09:04 PM 29/08/2008, you wrote:
>Here at Plymouth we are struggling to get to grips with the Wiley
>Interscience package and would welcome advice and views from others.
>Prior to the takeover we subscribed to over 800 titles through
>Blackwell Synergy - it was a well designed database, we liked it
>because it searched just our subscription package and students liked
>it because they would find nothing but full text articles.
>Since the Wiley Interscience takeover we now have to search the
>entire collection and we haven't found a way of locking the search
>down to our subscribed collection. We use SFX as our citation
>linking tool and use Metalib for the metasearching. We wanted to be
>able to create a set of resources for metasearching that would bring
>back full text only. At the moment, the way Wiley Interscience is
>searching, we wouldn't be able to include that package which would
>mean users missing out on 800+ journals.
>My questions are:
>* Are we missing something here and there is a way of
>configuring the package to search only our subscribed collection?
>* If the answer to the above is that we can't configure it in
>that way, why do these publishers think this is an advantage for
>users? Our experience is that academic staff as well as students
>just get turned off a resource if the full text articles are hidden
>away and are constantly clicking through a link only to be told to pay!
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>University of Plymouth Library
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