Growth Spurt for One-Year-Old Scitopia.org

The search engine adds new partners and new sorting features

8 August 2008

Scitopia.org, a search engine that scours more than 3.5 million documents in the digital libraries of IEEE and other leading science and technology societies, marked its one-year anniversary in June with new partners and new sorting features.

With Scitopia.org, researchers can locate the newest technical papers more easily than they can using general engines like Google or Yahoo.com. This is because Scitopia.org relies on what’s called a federated search—it scans only Web sites associated with its societies. A search engine like Google must “crawl” over a whole host of databases and so yields a lot of search clutter containing sources of little relevance. Scitopia.org eliminates this clutter.

The Society for Information Displays and the International Union of Crystallography are the latest societies to join Scitopia.org, bringing the number of member societies to 21.

SORTING SIMPLIFIED To make finding a particular article easier, a new clustering feature now groups users’ search results into six categories: topics (subcategories of the search terms), authors, publications, publishers, affiliation, and publication date. Clicking on a particular cluster brings up a list of results that fall within the cluster category. For example, if you click on an author’s name in a cluster, your search results will include only documents by that author.

In addition, search results may be sorted by publication date or by the author’s name or the article’s title. Previously, results could be sorted only by their ranking on a “usefulness” scale of one to five stars, with five being the highest.

Users also may now limit the number of search results that appear on a page, and a redesign of the site now makes it easier to navigate.

For more information about Scitopia.org, visit /benefits/products-and-services/scitopiaorg-adds-four-societies91

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