Posts Tagged ‘Wiley-Blackwell’


Default searches in Wiley Online Library and how not to help

In Eresources on January 20, 2012 by africker Tagged: , , ,

We recently bought some oBooks from Wiley (do other companies call online ebooks obooks?).

One of these is “Enabling learning in nursing and midwifery practice” – a popular text with our users (in paper form – look forward to seeing if they use the oBook).

Sorting out the linking for this item I tried to retrieve it on Wiley Online Library.

I searched for – enabling learning nursing – seems a fair search to me.

Result – “No results found for: enabling learning nursing.”

A search for – enabling learning – works fine.

A search for – enabling learning in – works fine to.

Clearly this is an issue.  Being a helpful customer I report this via the online form spelling out the series of search strings, location of search and so on.

Response – “Please send us screen shots”

This is not a hard to replicate fault – I have replicated it several times to check it really was an issue before logging it.  I click the link to update the enquiry – it fails.

I start a new enquiry (I am a helpful and determined customer) including the reference from last time and spend quality time preparing a document that includes all the screen shots you might want to see.

Response – ” Thank you for your reply and screen shots to 120117-000375

You may use the “Advanced Search” functions to search for the journal you are interested of.

Attached is the User Guide for your reference in using Advanced Search function.

Hope this information helps.”

So a report that your main front page search function is at some level broken draws the suggestion I need to read the manual and /or use an alternative search option?  Of course the link to respond to the enquiry fails so I cannot easily continue the discussion but why bother?



“Make sure you are Evidence-based” (and up to date)

In Evidence-Based Medicine,Information industry on March 24, 2009 by Alan Lovell Tagged: , ,

It seems like Wiley-Blackwell are seriously into EBM. Not only do they publish the Cochrane Library, EBM Guidelines, Essential Evidence Plus (whatever these last two are), but they also do the Evidence-Based Medicine series. I just got a mail shot from them – “Make sure you are Evidence-Based”. They have quite a range of books in the series, some of which seem to be a series of pragmatic, systematic-ish reviews of interventions for a condition, while others take on a slightly more educational role – how to go about formulating your question, doing your search, appraising the results etc. There are plenty of sample chapters to read, so you know what you’re getting. Of course, though, they are expensive. Evidence-based Cardiology is over £100. And given that EBM by its nature goes out of date pretty quickly (or it might not, but the point is you won’t know until you look) is it really sensible to spend your £100+ on a 2002 book called Evidence-Based […] and really kid yourself that you are, actually, Evidence-Based? Being evidence based seven years ago is hardly evidence based in my (much cheaper) book. I wonder how many they sell, and to whom?