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New Feature: Major Search Improvements

Small Scientist on March 30, 2010

We’ve been hard at work here at Scientist making the site more user friendly. If you use our site often, you’ve probably noticed some changes to our search interface.

First of all, I hope you’ll try the new faceted browsing. If you’re not familiar with what faceted browsing is, think of when you shop for a digital camera. You can browse by brand (Canon vs Nikon), you can browse by Megapixels (8 vs 10), you can say you’re only interested in DSLRs or any combination there of.

Well now you can search for Research Services or CROs the same way. The following are some of the results you get when searching for “protein” on Scientist:

Results when searching Scientist for protein

You can see some of the “facets” that are available. You can search for protein services, but then narrow to only services offered by CROs that are ISO9001 certified or that are located in Canada… or both!

We’ve also added the ability to search for CROs. Scientist is and always will be service based. Meaning, we want to give you the service you are looking for, not just the name of a CRO that might offer it. However, people still want to know who’s out there, so we’ve added the ability to search for CROs directly (click here to try searching for providers):

Search Scientist for providers

I hope these upgrades help you find the services you need. We’ve got some more search upgrades in the works, so check back soon!