Scirus is pleased to announce its summer release. Below you will find an overview of the most important features and enhanced functionality:
Increased visibility of Preferred Web sources
In order to maintain its position as the most comprehensive index on the Web for scientific information, Scirus has been steadily increasing its acquisition of top quality Web content (Preferred Web sources). This includes patent information from various patent offices, technical reports from NASA, e-prints from CogPrints and E-Prints ArXiv, and RePEc (the world largest repository for Economics). More recently, through its Repository Search Service Scirus has also added the valuable content found in Institutional Repositories. Recent content additions to the Scirus index include University of Toronto's T-Space, DiVA (Scandinavian consortium), CalTech's CODA and NDLTD (largest repository in the world for Theses and Dissertation).
To highlight the importance of these valuable sources the Preferred Web sources can be searched on as a separate dataset in the search box (alongside the radio buttons for Journal sources and Other Web sources) and can also be selected in the result summary.
Export function for Reference Management Tools
Reference Management tools are becoming increasingly important for end users to export references and create bibliographies. In recognition of this, Scirus now offers users the ability to export reference data into different reference management applications such as RefWorks and EndNote. Scirus is the only search engine that offers this type of functionality. The Export option is offered on the Scirus results page next to the existing Save Results and E-mail Results options. By adding this functionality Scirus continues to support the research workflow of scientists and researchers.
Improved Results Page and Advanced Search Page
Scirus already supports a variety of formats (incl. PDF, Word, HTML, TeX, postscripts) and recently added Powerpoint documents to its index. To indicate the diversity of documents indexed in Scirus, the format and the document size have now been included in the result.
The number of results displayed (per default) has increased from 10 to 20 results per page.
The advanced search page has been redesigned to support the extended number of format types and the ever-increasing list of Preferred Web sources and Journal sources.
In response to the increased popularity of the FireFox browser within the academic community a Scirus Search plug-in is now included in the set of Scirus Downloads to allow easy selection of Scirus within the FireFox browser.