May 2, 2012 – We track common searches in Addison to improve your search experience. (We gather aggregate data; we can't track individual searches or associate searches with patrons.) Here are the top 20 searches for the 2011-2012 academic year:
Note that a lot of these searches (numbers 1, 3, 4, 10, 13, and 15) are database names. While all of our databases are listed in Addison, you'll get a more focused list of results and quicker access to the database using the Databases search tab on the home page.
Several of these searches (numbers 2,16, and 17) are for instructors' course reserve materials. You can search for these materials using the Reserves link on the home page or any Addison screen. Newman new books is also a reserves search: we place recently received books in a special course and display them on shelves near the circulation and reference desks on the second floor.
Harry Potter and Hunger Games are probably used more as example searches than people looking for those books and videos. We do have the complete series of each in print, plus many criticism of these works as well.
Lots of people tried a keyword search for dvd to see a list of our DVDs and that doesn't work very well. You can see an alphabetical list, do a Local Call Number search for DVD to see them in the order they were purchased, or try keyword, title, or author searches and use the Film and Video limit option on any Addison screen.
Finally, several highly ranked searches were author searches (numbers 8 and 12). Authors are alphabetized by their last names, so when performing an author search, you'll want to list that last name first (unlike these two examples), though when a search like this fails, the system will offer to search again with the name order reversed.
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