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    Bridging the Gap from Wikipedia to Scholarly Resources Bridging the Gap from Wikipedia to Scholarly Resources Presentation Transcript

    • Bridging the gap from Wikipedia to scholarly resources:a simple JavaScript search tool
      Barbara ArnettWeb Services Librarian
      Valerie ForrestalCommunications & New Media Strategies Librarian
      Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Project History:
      Elsevier 2010 API app challenge (for creative use of the ScienceDirect open content API)
      Firefox add-on so researchers can search ScienceDirect from anywhere on the web, without going through the library’s website/ScienceDirect interface
      Added functionality: auto-populate search box to encourage Wikipedia/Google users to expand their research to library resources
      Issues:
      compatibility with other browsers
      search limited to ScienceDirect content
      aversion to add-ons due to Firefox memory-hogging
      managing code updates
      Solution: Cross-browser compatible JS bookmarklet
      (inspired by bit.ly, etc) + Ebsco Discovery Service
    • Inspiration: Bit.ly bookmarklet
    • Install page
    • Bookmarklet in browser
    • Search prompt
    • Search results
    • Bookmarklet
      Bookmarklet = Bookmark + Applet
      In this case, JavaScript executed instead of a URL
      Works on Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome
    • JavaScript code in bookmarklet
      javascript:(function(){document.body.appendChild(document.createElement('script')).src='http://www.stevens.edu/library/js/search.js';})();
      this executes JavaScript in a file that resides on our web server
    • Parts of the Bookmarklet
      1 – Google Analytics tracking
      2 – Prompt box for user to edit search terms
      – uses the Page Title for initial search terms
      3 – Execute search in federated search
    • javascript that is executed in http://www.stevens.edu/library/js/search.js--
      {
      // ***************** Google analytics code BEGIN *******************//
      var _gaq = _gaq || [];
      _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-18930XXX-1']);
      _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']);
      (function() {
      var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
      ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google- analytics.com/ga.js';
      var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
      })();
      // ***************** Google analytics code END *******************//
      var Ti=document.title.replace('- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia','');
      void(Ti=prompt('Edit search terms:',Ti));
      if(Ti)
      {
      var searchString='http://ezproxy.stevens.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&type=0&cli0=FT1&clv0=Y&bquery='+(Ti);
      window.location.href=searchString;
      }
      }
    • More info:
      Contact:
      Barbara Arnett: barnett@stevens.edu
      Valerie Forrestal: valerie.forrestal@stevens.edu
      Details:
      Presentation available at: http://slidesha.re/VALEbookmarklet
      Server-side code available at: http://www.stevens.edu/library/js/search.js