Volume 8, Number 3 March 2000
OCLC's FirstSearch: a rookie matures
by Jane Bambrick
Presents a profile of FirstSearch from OCLC of Dublin, OH (614).
Relates that when the program began its opening season, there was a
sense of uncertainty about the "rookie" team. Notes that there
were some initial drawbacks, but the owners of FirstSearch worked
diligently the improve the franchise by adding more players,
increasing full-text coverage, and streamlining document delivery
and interlibrary loan capabilities. Says that the great turning
point came with the introduction of a Web interface, and now, with
the creation of New FirstSearch, OCLC has given fans full
truncation, unlimited use of the OR operator, cross-database
searching, the capability to sort search results, and relevancy
ranking. Concludes that overall, FirstSearch has fully matured, and
that although it still faces stiff competition, the New FirstSearch
has made it to the majors.
Includes three tables and a sidebar.
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