The OECD is at the forefront of adding new features to make both librarians and their patrons' lives simpler when searching and using OECD contents. The following are just a sample of what is being offered:
OECD iLibrary has a powerful search engine helping users find the right content.
- The Quick Search box located at the top of every page gives fasts results based on title and abstract metadata for the 50,000 items contained in the platform.
- Advanced Search enables full text searching and the use of Boolean operators, as well as other parameters: date, content type or language (English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, etc.)
- In both types of search the results are displayed according to relevance and showing: Content Type Article, Chapter, Table, Graph, Book or Database and Formats PDF, XLS, WEB, DATA or ePUB.
- Search results can be sorted by date or content type. A history of the most recent searches during the active session is maintained allowing users to jump between and combine results.
Context in Context
On OECD iLibrary every single item, from complete book down to a table in one of its chapters, has its own home page, DOI and bibliographical metadata. The contextual navigation allows users to easily find:
- Publications belonging to a book collection
- Chapters and tables within a title
- In which publication a table, chapter or article was published
- Previous or latest edition of annuals
- Other language versions
- Multilingual summaries in up to 20 different languages
- Subject related titles
Digital Object Identifier & Citation Tools
The use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for all published items in OECD iLibrary allows the use of persistent and independent links to described content anywhere on the internet. Information about a digital object may change over time, including where to find it, but its DOI name will not change and thus always points to its original online presence.
The DOI name has two components, the prefix and the suffix, which together form the DOI name. A DOI name may be assigned to any item of intellectual property, which must be precisely defined by means of structured metadata. The DOI name itself remains persistent through ownership change and remains unaltered one assigned.
All Citation tools
in OECD iLibrary feature the DOI name as the reference link. A new "Cite as" feature allows consistent referencing of any full-text item on the site. As an innovative tool, this feature also includes the citation of dynamic databases with a link to the original dataset and the exact time at which it has been accessed. The citation tool is compatible with popular bibliographical reference software such as EndNote, RefManager, ProCite and RefWorks.
OECD iLibrary also provides subscribers with COUNTER3-compliant usage statistics. Three different reports are available, logging usage statistics for full-text downloads, meaning a user clicked on a PDF icon, a XLS icon, a WEB icon, or a DATA icon. The reports will show monthly data for a selected calendar year. All relevant content titles are listed showing actual usage with totals in the first row.
Available in CSV format, the page display will allow a drop-down selection for the year and for the type of report. In coordination with COUNTER standards these reports are:
- BR1 (Book Report 1= Number of Successful Title Requests by Month and Title)
- BR2 (Book Report 2= Number of Successful Selection Requests by Month and Title)
- JR1 (Journal Report 1 = Number of Successful Full-Text Articles Requests by Month and Journal)
MARC records are available to all subscribers using MARC21 XML format according to U.S. Library of Congress specifications. Bibliographic details for books are available, covering monographs and serials. OECD iLibrary also provides records for all papers/journals and statistical content. MARC records are generated in English only and describe the online version of a publication/serial, including other language versions.
Newly Implemented and Forthcoming Features
New functions are under constant development. Amongst those already available or shortly to be released:
- Perpetual access to subscribed content
- Institution Branding options
- Account Management Tools
- RSS feeds
- E-mail alerts
- Navigation help via hierarchical breadcrumb trails
- Option to e-mail the page and buy the book
- Support for Federated Searching Capabilities
- Reference Linking