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ScienceBase Catalog Training Video #2 – Searching the Catalog
In the last ScienceBase training video, we learned how to
browse through large collections of items based on certain
criteria. However if we want to find records related to a specific
theme or idea very quickly, it’s easier to search. Let’s try to search
ScienceBase Catalog. Imagine you are a researcher and you
are considering a new project studying the Yampa River basin
in northern Colorado. The first step is to discover what
resources are available concerning this subject. From the
ScienceBase Catalog main page, click in the search bar and
type Yampa. When you click search or press enter, ScienceBase
Catalog returns the results of your search. The results are
listed in a panel on the left hand side of the screen and the
world map has automatically adjusted to show the spatially
located records. Let’s check out some of these results. Each
result is displayed as an abbreviated title, an item type
such as publication or USGS numbered series, and an
abbreviated summary or abstract. Let’s check out some
of our results in a little more detail. Click the title beginning
with “Evaluation of trends in pH…” A window pops up in the
world map containing more information about the item. We
can see the data owners or authors and read a longer summary
or abstract. We can also see the spatial footprint for this item.
At the bottom of the pop-up window click Show Footprint. The
footprint for this item is outlined in blue on the world map.
When we are done looking at the footprint we can click Hide
Footprint in the upper right hand corner of the world map.
Some items do not have a location or geospatial footprint.
Click on the title beginning “Water-quality data for streams…”
Again, a window pops up with more information about this item
including the title, authors, and summary. This item does not
have a location or geospatial footprint. Close the pop-up window
by clicking the small x in the upper right corner. In this video, we
learned how to search the ScienceBase Catalog to find an item of
interest, review the metadata, and navigate the search results.
In the next video, we will explore how to access records more
fully and determine where all information about an item can be found.
Title: Searching the ScienceBase Catalog
Instructional tutorial showing methods to search for information records in the ScienceBase Catalog.
Location: Denver, CO, USA
Date Taken: 9/1/2011
Video Producer: Natalie Latysh , U.S. Geological Survey, Core Science Systems - Core Science Analytics and Synthesis (CSAS)
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