Hone in On Library Searches with Paratext

Your library of work includes thousands of publications, articles, references, studies, books, and research papers for users to access on a vast array of topics. A scholar, let’s say, is writing on the topic of free will versus fate and he or she wants all that is written about the subject, including works by Homer, Sophocles, Ovid, Shakespeare, and other classical writers as well as more recent discussions in literature, including papers, blogs, and articles by scholars. With traditional searches used by libraries, such as OPAC queries, only the title information with limited subject headings may come up, not giving the users access to all that is available in the library. With paratext and its Reference Universe, users can delve deeper to determine which materials are best for their research, article, etc. Furthermore, there is a lot more information available with paratext.

By using paratext, you have a unique bibliography of English-language subject encyclopedias and scholarly compendia from 1980 to the present. There are more than 30 million index-level citations to those works now represented from over 750 publishing imprints. That means discovery is not just limited to journals or e-books, which may not provide what the user is looking for. Paratext also enables you to see which of your reference materials are most valued and feature them.

Paratext also saves the user a lot of time, which is invaluable when doing a research paper for school. Librarians also spend less time helping out students or looking for information that is relevant to the subject they are writing about. Paratext basically takes search to a higher level and provides greater access to more material.