In this session, Nancy Pressman-Levy and Jeremy Darrington talked about the features of Princeton Library’s tool for discovering and accessing scholarly resources provided by the library, available at http://searchit.princeton.edu. Searchit@PUL
Darrington discussed Books+, which helps patrons to find books, journals, electronic resources, CDs, DVDs, and maps. In the database, there are about 10 million items. While it does not allow for full text search, it has all the items of the main catalog but also senior theses, locally digitized images, and special collections.
He then went on to show Articles+, which has journal and magazine articles, newspaper articles, dissertations, book reviews, streaming video and audio. This database has 600 million items, mostly newspaper articles and scholarly journal articles. This service does allow for full-text searching.
In demonstrations of SearchIt@PUL by both Darrington and Pressman-Levy, we saw how searches on “torture” or “politics” give thousands of results, which might be initially unwieldy for scholars, but by applying filters, one may limit the results to books, journals, video, manuscripts, several languages, creation date, or subject. One can then sort results by relevance, date, and author.
A click into the full record for an item shows useful metadata and full details about the item. Clicking on locations and availability tells you the exact location of an item in on-campus sites, such as Firestone Library, or ReCAP, which the Library uses for offsite storage (http://recap.princeton.edu/about/virtual_tour/). There are links back to the main original catalog record as well, and links out to Google Books for more information about each item.
There are bibliographic tools in the systems as well, where you can mark records, then go to eshelf, then email them to yourself or export to Endnote or Refworks. Scholars can even do a search, then set up an alert to track issues. For the entire set of features that Darrington and Pressman-Levy went over in their demonstrations, please watch the video below.