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Mango-Aleph Comparison Chart

  Mango Aleph
Scope
Includes library collections and other sets of library resources
Includes only collections within the library and selected e-resource sets
Includes Center for Research Libraries titles (approx. 1.4 million)
Does not include Center for Research Libraries titles
Includes PALMM Program digital reproductions of SUL sources
Does not include PALMM Program digital reproductions
Includes UF Digital Collections (UFDC) titles
Does not include UF Digital Collections (UFDC)
 
Includes Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) e-resources
Does not include OSTI
 
Provides option for searching union catalog for SUL.
Does not provide option for searching union catalog for SUL.
Technical and Edits
Records are formed by merging bibliographic records of SUL libraries
Records specific to library holdings are loaded from OCLC or vendors
Merged records cannot be edited directly by owning library catalogers
Records can be edited directly by the owning library catalogers
Most edits and indexing made via Aleph do not appear immediately but about 2 days later.  Item availability displays immediately.  Some corrections require inputting by catalogers at other institutions.
Edits and indexing to records appear in Aleph immediately after entry
User-Oriented Display Features
Uses format icons to show the type of material represented
Does not use any format icons to show the type of material
Includes GoogleBooks links for book covers, reviews, and some full text
Does not offer GoogleBooks links for book covers, reviews, or full text options
Offers “Locate” links to maps showing the shelving location of an item
Offers an “i” icon with a link to information about the library location of an item
Shows icons for, “add, print, email, txt, cite this, or RefWorks”
Does not show icons for, “add, print, email, txt, cite this, RefWorks”

Suggests "Did you mean" alternate search terms - names for author keyword searches, subjects for subject keyword searches, and titles for title keyword searches - based on cross references included in authority records
Does not suggest "Did you mean" alternate search terms for names, subjects, or titles.
 
Displays summary in brief record.
Does not display summary in brief record.
 
Displays place of publication, publisher and publication date in brief record.
Displays publication date in brief record.
 
Displays publishing history in brief serial record.
Does not display publishing history in brief record.
 
Provides link to "Report a problem with this record" below full record.
Does not provide record reporting link.
 
Separate SUL catalogs offer search instructions, tabs, etc. on basic search page.
Does not provide the same instructions.
 
Some SUL catalogs offer tabs for Quick articles based on MetaLib or for digital resources.
Does not offer tabs for Quick articles searching based on MetaLib or for digital resources.
 
Features JABBR journal abbreviations.
Does not feature JABBR journal abbreviations.
 
Features LibGuides for some SUL's who choose that option.
Does not feature LibGuides.
Keyword Searching
Offers facet-based limits for collections, authors, geographic, genre, series title, etc. for keyword retrieval sets
Does not offer facet-based limits for keyword retrieval sets.  Some filter options are available but not specifically suggested
Suggests alternate keyword terms or corrections as “Do you Mean?”
Does not suggest alternate keyword terms as “Do you Mean?”
Phrase searching does not require exact input for diacritics, apostrophes, etc.
Phrase searching does not require exact input for diacritics, apostrophes, etc.
Ranks relevance as default with options for A-Z and publication date ordering of sets
As default, sorts retrieval set by: Year (descending)/Title, other sort options offered: Author, Title, Call Number. Relevancy ranking is not available.
 
Truncation allowed by using the * to find matches that contain portions of words
Truncation allowed by using the ? character to find matches that contain portions of words
 
Does not support vernacular search, but does display vernacular characters.
Supports vernacular search, although mapping between Unicode characters is not supported. Displays vernacular characters.
 
Suggests limit by "Publication year," "Online," and "New Titles" below number of hits.
Does not suggest but does allow publication date and some other limits through "Refine" tab at top.
 
Provides box at bottom of results screen for revising searches.
Provides box at bottom of results screen for revising searches.
Browse Searching
Offers options for browse by author, title, call numbers on Basic Search page
Offers browse by author or title supported by cross-references
Does not offer browse retrieval by subject or various other kinds of headings
Offers browse by subject & other browse options on Basic Search supported by cross-references
Headings selected in browse lists are then executed as keyword phrase search. The retrieval set can be re-ordered alphabetically by main entry but not by other headings.
Results of browse search are alphabetized headings lists to be opened separately for titles
 
Offers browse search specifically by series title but does not provide redirection from alternate titles of series.
Offers browse search for all titles, but not separately for series titles; provides redirection from alternate titles of series based on authority records.

Last updated August 13, 2010

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