One of the most requested features the library receives for our online catalog is the ability to sort search results by relevance. In the past, search results could only be sorted by title, author, and date of publication. While this system works well when people know what they want in advance, it is cumbersome and unhelpful when researchers want to browse topics and keywords.
We are happy to announce that we have upgraded our catalog so that you can now sort your results by rank. This method of sorting using a complex algorithm to put the most relevant items at the top of your search results.
Sorting by rank is simple and easy to use. Search the catalog for a keyword, and then when the results appear, click the Rank column. This will take you to a screen where you can verify your search terms, click Go, and see your search display the most relevant books, articles, and dissertations at the top. The example below returns the most relevant results for “Christology.”
December 28th marks the 120th anniversary of the death of James P. Boyce. In honor of this occasion, the Archives and Special Collections of the James P. Boyce Centennial Library is currently displaying an exhibit entitled, “James P. Boyce as Seminary Librarian”. The exhibit includes the two-volume catalog of Dr. Boyce’s personal library, as well as representative materials from the his personal library that he bequeathed to the seminary. The exhibit will be on display until March 10, 2009, and is available for viewing from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday in the Billy Graham Room on the second floor of the library.
We are happy to announce that our patrons now can use our catalog for Z39.50 searching. If you use reference management software (such as Sente or Bookends), you can now add resources to your reference libraries directly from the SBTS catalog. The settings needed to access the catalog through reference management software are:
In the future, we plan to add more searchable fields to expand your research options through the seminary library. We hope this new capability assists you in your research endeavors for the glory of Christ.« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Next »