What is Encore and Why is Minuteman Introducing It?
Encore is a new way to search the materials in the Minuteman libraries. Encore is particularly powerful when you begin with a broad search and want to narrow it down. The tools in Encore provide multiple ways to refine a given search. Discovery tools in Encore include features common to search engines such as Google, commercial web sites and social networking sites.

Will Encore replace the old catalog (the Classic Catalog)?
No, the 2 ways of searching will both be available.

Does Encore search the same resources as the Classic Catalog.
Encore searches all of the same resources (books, sound recordings, DVDs, museum passes, etc.). In addition, Encore performs your search in the General OneFile subscription database and retrieves articles that match you search from that database.

What are some of the features of Encore?

  • A single search box provides a simple Google-like experience
  • Faceted Search results
    • Availability
    • Found In
    • Format
    • Location
    • Collection
    • Language
    • Publish date
    • Place

    Facets can be added to or removed from one's search in any order


  • Tags to refine your search
    • Presents subject headings found in search results displayed

  • Holdings information at the search results screen; no need to click away from the results list
    • Show all copies
    • Show all available copies
    • Show copies on order

  • RightResults relevance ranking bringing the most relevant results to you at the beginning of the results display
    • Ability to re-sort a result list by Title or Date

  • "Did you mean" function based on words and phrases found in our collection
    • Superior to spell checking with a dictionary

  • Access to articles  in General Onefile database
    • No need to leave the catalog to search for articles in magazines, journals, etc.

    Read more about Library Discovery Platforms


    General OneFile
    A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. OneFile contains over 5,000 full-text periodical titles, and more than 9,200 titles in all, on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

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