Some Comments on Making Better Use of this Blog
Sometimes the most recently published entries presented here may not have any relevance to your current research service needs, which is understandable. Please be aware that over several years during which I have been managing this blog, I have covered various and sundry topics related to our interlibrary loan services and the pragmatic use of the ILLiad application, and these commentaries are still relevant to scholarship and accessible from this site.
In order to make it easier to retrieve the existing entries that may address your needs, we suggest that you take advantage of the features provided by our hosting blog service, in order to locate and narrow down those that will best serve your needs. I will proceed to discuss the relative usefulness of each of these functions, as follows...
* Archives - Since, for most of the history of this blog, I have published only one single entry per month, and the "Archives" lists by month only (with no reference to topic), this option is not terribly useful.
* Categories - You can narrow down your search by selecting entries based on this criterion, which includes "Citations", "Features", "Indexes", "Policies", "Recommendations" and "Services". The associated links will pull up all entries classed by either primary or secondary category from among these. Selecting "Indexes" will bring up all the annual cumulative tables of contents I have created to date, the most recent containing links directly to each listed entry--this may better serve you than pulling up the "Archives".
* RSS - This will bring up the most recent 15 entries, as links or fully displayed (depending on your browser), which is a bit of an improvement over "Archives", but still not as good as pulling up the "Indexes" category. Feel free to subscribe to the feed, if you like.
* Search - Perhaps the most useful option of all. Simply enter your search term or terms into the input box and click on "Search" (or use the "Enter" or "Return" key on your keyboard if your browser does not display this button). Entering multiple terms appears to narrow down the search to entries containing all the specified words anywhere within the text, rather than to all those containing at least any one of them. (For those familiar with geometric logic, the "intersection" rather than the "union".) Please note you cannot further narrow your search by category, as the "Categories" option is a separate function altogether.
Keep in mind that the "Search" option available in this blog should employed only in the context of the functional use of your ILLiad account services, and not for general searches related to your research subject area. We recommend that you consult Summon or any of our Research Databases or Research Guides, or enlist the services of one of our Research Services Librarians for that purpose.
Here are some suggestions for the type of search terms appropriate to this blog:
"ISBN", "ISSN", "OCLC" or any combination of these
"Thesis", "Dissertation" or both
"Foreign", "Language", "Title", "English" or any combination of these
"Status", "Department" or both
"Password", "Security" or both
"Citation", "Source", "Notes", "Reference" or any combination of these
"Abbreviation", "Journal", "Monograph" or any combination of these
"Renewal", "Due" or both
"Request", "Clone", "Re-submit", "Cancel" or any combination of these
On the other hand, the following, by themselves or in combination (including with any of the "good" suggestions above), will not produce any results:
"Banana", "Chicken", "Xylophone" or "Feldspar"
As always, hope this has been in some way helpful.
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