New search features added to APA PsycNET
18 June 2012
Improved search result speed and 30% faster delivery of new content with the latest version of APA's search platform PsycNET.
APA PsycNET is the search platform is uniquely engineered to provide cross-database searching of APA (American Psychological Association) content.
APA PsycNET has implemented a new semantic search engine with improved search result speed and 30% faster delivery of new content. This new technology opens the way for emerging semantics, open linked data, and social search on the platform. Two new features have recently been added as a result: Type-Ahead and Spell-Suggest. Each uses a series of dictionaries, including the APA Dictionary of Psychology, APA’s Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, specific trees from MeSH, and the English Dictionary to provide helpful and time-saving search advice.
Available on both the Easy Search and Advanced Search screens, Type-Ahead will present the user with an autocomplete dropdown of suggestions for their search. After typing in 3 characters in the search bar, a list of suggestions will appear under the search bar. Simply choose one of the predicted search strings, and that search string will populate the search bar, where you can further edit the search string or run the search. This feature is meant to help you save time when constructing a search.
Spell-Suggest provides feedback to the user by suggesting alternative search terms from within the results display when terms may be inadvertently misspelled. Suggested queries will be presented on the top of the result page next to a “Did you mean” label. The suggestions are links that generate a new search that incorporates the revised term(s), returning results within the same result page without going back to the search form.
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