System Administrator Options

System Administrators may customize SIRS Knowledge Source based on Library and patron needs.

Customize Quick Search

Search Fields

Search By settings

The Keyword/Natural Language option searches the full text of article databases and keywords of Internet sites. This option produces the greatest number of results, and provides similar search functionality as most search engines. The Subject Headings option searches a subject heading index and produces the most relevant results.

Sorting Method

Results may be returned by Relevance, Date or Lexile. Select Relevance to see the most relevant article first, Select Date to see the most current articles first. Select Lexile ascending to see the lowest Lexile scores first, or the Lexile to see the highest Lexile scores first.Relevance returns articles based on the number of times key words from a query appear in the article text. Date returns articles in reverse chronological order.  If currency is the most important factor, select date.

Database Selectors

Database Selectors appear on the search screen by default. Show the Database Selectors to allow users to select from available databases to search simultaneously.   Hide the database selectors to disallow users from de-selecting available databases.   Libraries that subscribe to a single SIRS database may wish to hide this feature.

Customize Advanced Search

Search Fields

The default Boolean operators can be set to any combination of AND, OR and  NOT.  The default search fields can be set to any combination of Full Text, Author and Title.  The user may change the defaults via a drop-down selection box.

Boolean Searching

Article Sorting Method

Results may be returned by Relevance, Date or Lexile.  Select Relevance to see the most relevant article first, Select Date to see the most current articles first. Select Lexile ascending to see the lowest Lexile scores first, or the Lexile to see the highest Lexile scores first.

Database Selectors

Database Selectors appear on the search screen by default.   Show the Database Selectors to allow users to select from available databases to search simultaneously.   Hide the database selectors to disallow users from deselecting available databases.   Libraries that subscribe to a single SIRS database may wish to hide this feature.

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Session Length

Session Length is utilized to track user Search History, Tagged list, and in Statistical Reporting. When the interface remains idle for longer than the session length, the search history and tagged list are cleared for the next user. The default Session Length is 15 minutes as most patrons print or e-mail longer articles.  If your patrons tend to read articles on-screen, increasing the session length to 20 minutes is recommended.

Special Functions

SIRS Knowledge Source has several options which may be disabled depending on library and patron needs, or concerns about privacy.

E-mail Capabilities

The E-mailicon appears allowing patrons to e-mail full-text articles, sources, summaries and graphics to their personal e-mail address when enabled.

Session Save

The Session Save button appears in the top navigation bar when enabled. Users can conduct research incrementally over a period of time, by saving their Search History and Tagged List. By entering a unique user name and password, sessions can be saved and retrieved for up to 30 days.

Search History

The Search History button appears in the top navigational bar when enabled. This feature provides a quick list of links to search results performed during a session. Where applicable, the number of articles returned is included.

Print Icon

The Print button displays after selecting Clean Copy for Printing, and activates a print dialogue box when selected. This feature gives easy access to the browser's print function even when in Kiosk mode.

Bookmarking
TheBookmark icon creates a shortcut to the article text and saves it in Internet Explorer's Favorites list. The URL link will remain valid for 60 days before expiring.

Lexile Scores

Lexile scores, Lexile sort options and Lexile range limiting may be removed from database completely if your institution does  not use Lexiles.

Link To Discoverer Deluxe

The following button appears on the Database Features page and also on the SKS portal page if you have more than one SKS database, when this feature is enabled.

Exit Page

Specify a URL to load in the browser once a patron has exited a session by selecting Exitfrom the top navigational bar. If no URL is specified, the browser window loads the SIRS default page.

For questions regarding Administrative Features, please contact Customer Service or request changes to Administrator Options online.