In February the Wellcome Library launched Encore, its new catalogue search tool. Even though it is still being tweaked to best suit the needs of our users, Encore is already making an impact.
Encore offers registered Library users the ability to tag books, journals, multimedia, photos, archival materials and more, with personally relevant keywords and descriptions. The tags then become searchable in the catalogue and appear in a tag cloud for all to see and use. Tags in the catalogue allow you to:
- create a virtual reading list
- use your own preferred terms to organise your research
- discover materials that have been similarly tagged by other members of the Wellcome community
- refine your search and explore new directions through the tag cloud.
We’ve already tagged hundreds of items for you, including Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL BSc student dissertations, MA student dissertations, and course readings. To locate these course readings and dissertations, simply search for your course number (for example: hmed3006 and hmedg007), bsc student dissertation, or ma student dissertation.
If you’re already a Wellcome Library member, you can use your Library card number and PIN to log into Encore. If you are not already a member of the Wellcome Library, please complete the e-registration form. (On your first visit to the Library, you will need to upgrade to full membership.)
Try using Encore and let us know what you think by completing the short online survey, available from every Encore search screen. Your responses will help direct the development of this new service so that it works for you!