SpringerLink, Society & Partner Zone Issue 20

Great tips on how to use the new SpringerLink

You may be aware that last year Springer released a major update to SpringerLink. The new platform includes some major changes that bring it right up-to-date, including:

Responsive Design –

as users increasingly experiment with different reading devices, SpringerLink is designed to work with multiple devices including tablets and phones. SpringerLink reacts to the screen size it is displayed on to ensure that essential information is always visible.

Browse by subject –

which means that users can easily navigate to the sections of SpringerLink that most interest them.

Previewing content before downloading –

this lets users determine what the article will cover before they decide to download it for further reading, in turn helping to speed their research process.

Search only your content –

a frequently requested feature from our library customers was the ability to limit searches to just the content their institution subscribes to. The “Include Preview-Only content” button does this, and can be deactivated so users can limit searches to subscribed content or activated to widen the search to all literature on SpringerLink.

Refining Search Results –

locating the right content for a piece of research can be a time-consuming process. SpringerLink includes some great functionality to make this task a little easier. For example:

You can add more terms to your original search query without running a separate search – Your initial search may look for articles about “investigational new drugs”. From the results page, you can refine this by adding the terms “for cancer” instantly reducing the number of articles:

To the left of the results screen are Facet boxes: Content Type, Discipline, Subdiscipline, Published In and Language. Results can be further refined by using one or more of these facets:

  • By selecting a link in the Contents box you will narrow your search by content type.
  • By selecting a link in the Discipline or Subdiscipline boxes, you will refine your results to show just those articles that are relevant for that discipline. The number displayed next to each discipline indicates how many of your results relate to that term. By default, the disciplines with the highest number of results are automatically displayed but you can view all available disciplines or subdisciplines by selecting the “see all” link:

Another great way to check that your search query is going to locate the right content is to look at the “Published In” menu. The menu shows which journals the articles in the results list are published in. If this list includes the journals that the user would expect to see in the results list, then it is a good indicator that they are using the right search terms to locate the most relevant articles:
Other ways you can focus your results is to include operators in your search query. For example, including the NEAR operator in your query will return results where the search term on the left is within ten words of the word to the right of the NEAR operator. Using our example above “investigational new drugs NEAR cancer” will return results in which the word "drugs" is located within ten words of the word "cancer".
For more great tips on how to use SpringerLink, please see the Search Help pages which can be accessed by clicking on the icon located next to the Search box.

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