SUPER Search

If you want to use the latest technology to find the best information for homework and research projects, we think you'll want to use SUPER Search. And, did we mention it works on all computers and mobile devices?


This is what ISU, Drake, UNI, and the University of Iowa expect their students to know and be able to do.


Ideas to share with students.
Short video demonstrating the SUPER Search features

Shorter video describing the difference between the Google-type searching of the open web and SUPER Search which accesses subscription databases--or, the hidden Internet.


Discovery.

We know that students use Google for its one-click feature. Students now have that one-click access but with one BIG difference—the results are from reliable and trusted sources of information. Students have access to the quality subscription-only information not available through free search engines or Web directories. The literature often calls these online databases the hidden Internet.

This Google-type interface is called discovery. It is a relatively new technology that allows metadata from various online databases to be harvested and searched from one “place”. Until recently, publishers did not allow their metadata to be harvested for inclusion in other systems. Plus, the technology was not advanced enough to even make it happen. The landscape has changed in the last 2-3 years in both publishing and in technology.

Harvesting has these benefits:

·      It is faster. There is no back and forth among databases to retrieve information. Metadata is in one place (for example, Gale shares their metadata with EBSCO).

·      Relevance is applied equally. There is no bias toward one database (or publisher or vendor) over another.

SUPER Search is the name Heartland AEA has given this search interface. SUPER Search combines many of the digital resources (online databases) into one search interface. For example, you can search EBSCO and Gale databases with the one-click. We chose the Discovery interface from EBSCO. UNI and Drake also use EBSCO. UI and ISU use the ExLibris interface.

There will be separate interfaces for elementary, middle, and high school students. The look will be similar. Each grade span will link to different age-appropriate databases. Also there will be fewer search features in the elementary version. Scroll to the end for a list of the harvested databases for each grade span.

What are the benefits for students?

  • It addresses the practical reality that students want a Google-like search experience.

  • It provides quality full-text search results.

  • It’s the best technology has to offer right now to provide the Google experience with quality full-text search results.

  • Includes links to thousands of Research Starters. These authoritative summary articles for thousands of popular topics. It includes relevant articles that link the user to related information and detailed bibliographies. Think of it as a curated, vetted Wikipedia.

  • It’s a tool to help students personalize their research—save to folders, social media, persistent links, automatic citation generator.

  • It’s an expectation for college and career readiness. Iowa State University, Drake University, UNI, University of Iowa, and other Iowa colleges and universities provide this type of search interface for their students.


To become college and career ready, the Common Core Standards require that students master digital literacy, which is the ability to gather facts from narrative or informational texts in any source or format, understand and use the information appropriately, and then be able to communicate it to others using a variety of print, audio and visual media.


Another piece of digital literacy is digital inquiry. Not only must students evaluate and analyze their reading, they must learn to ask questions that go beyond assembling simple facts to gathering information that helps them reach a new level of understanding. Reading critically and asking deeper questions that lead students to new understanding is at the heart of digital literacy and higher order thinking skills.



Elementary Level Harvested Databases

Middle Level Harvested Databases

High School (and Educator) Level Harvested Databases

American History in Video

AP Images

Britannica Online

InfoTrac Junior

NewsBank

Newspaper Source Plus

Research Starters9-12

American History in Video

AP Images

Britannica Online

GreenFILE

History Reference Center

InfoTrac Junior

InfoTrac Student

Literary Reference Center

NBC Learn

NewsBank

Newspaper Source Plus

PBS Learning Media

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center

Research Starters

Science Reference Center

Academic OneFile

Advanced Placement Source

American History in Video

AP Images

Britannica Online

Education Research Complete

ERIC

General OneFile

GreenFILE

History Reference Center

InfoTrac Junior

InfoTrac Student

Literary Reference Center

NBC Learn

Newspaper Source Plus

PBS Learning Media

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center

Research Starters

Science Reference Center




Search widget.
The following attachments include instructions and the HTML code to add a SUPER Search widget to your school, library, or classroom website.
If you are adding the widget to a Google site, please use these directions:
Google blocks the web pages from importing code from a 3rd party website unless it is setup as a Google Gadget. We made a gadget for each of the 3 searches.  

To use the Super Search within a Google Site, you need to use a Google Gadget.  When editing your Google Site, go to the "Insert" Menu and choose "... More Gadgets".  Then click "Add gadget by URL" and copy and paste in the following url:

K-5 Search - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103056780/ebscoSearch/ebscoSearchK-5.xml 
6-8 Search - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103056780/ebscoSearch/ebscoSearch6-8.xml 
9-12 / Adult Search - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103056780/ebscoSearch/ebscoSearch9-12.xml

Click "OK" (or "Preview Gadget" the "OK") and the Search Box should be on your page.