Energy Citations Database
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Search Architecture – What Is under the hood?

The Energy Citations Database makes searchable over two million bibliographic citations for energy and energy related STI from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies. This search is powered by traditional Web-based architecture. That is, a database and a set of citations are made searchable by a series of dynamic Web pages with persistent URLs (Web addresses). If a citation has associated full text then that content is also indexed and made searchable.

The information consumer may perform a search against the entire record, both bibliographic citations and their associated full text, from the Basic Search feature. In addition, the user may perform fine grain searches by specific bibliographic citation fields and/or full text via the Fielded Search feature.

The Energy Citations Database not only allows the information consumer to 'pull' data from the system, it also provides 'push' technology to alert the information patron when new content of interest is added. Alert technology allows the user to set up a profile describing their topics of interest. When new content is added to Energy Citations Database, all of the existing Alert profiles are checked. If new content matching the user's profile has been added, the user is alerted via email. The email also contains a link to the report of interest.