What are categories and how do I use them?
Categories are broad terms that define the type of information contained in a post. At the bottom of each post, you can see which category and tags have been used to classify the post. By clicking on the “posted in” link beneath a post you can create a list of all items in that category. Alternatively, you can select the appropriate category from along the top navigation bar. All posts on the READ Portal are put into at least one of the following six categories:
- Journal Articles: This category covers articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
- Mass Media Articles: This category covers resources found in mainstream media, such as newspapers, magazines (Macleans, Harper’s, etc.) and the websites of news organizations.
- Multimedia: This category covers multimedia resources, including videos, podcasts, electronic tools, etc.
- Reports & Papers: This category covers grey literature (i.e. resources such as corporate, think tank, and government reports).
- Site News: This post category contains news specific to the READ Portal and/or Centre for Health Care Management sites.
- Working Papers: This category covers unpublished papers on the topic of health care management.
READ uses a controlled vocabulary to index our posts. This means that we have pre-selected, preferred terms which we use to index the content of each post. These preferred terms are also known as “tags.” To view our list of tags and learn more about using them, please visit Search Tips. At the bottom of each post, you can see which category and tags have been used to classify the post. By clicking on a tag beneath a post or in the tag cloud on the thesaurus page, you can create a list of all posts in which share that tag.
Yes. We have a thesaurus on our Search Tips page, you can also find all of our tags on display in the tag cloud located in the right side column.
Our thesaurus (located on the Search Tips page) contains both preferred terms (tags which we use) and non-preferred terms (synonyms for our tags) with a “use” reference directing users to the preferred term.
A tag cloud is a list of all of the tags that are applied to posts.
To search for an article with one of our tags, locate the tag in the tag cloud on the right and click it to see all articles with that tag. All tags are listed in alphabetical order. The size of the tag indicates the frequency with which it is used: larger tags are used more frequently than smaller tags.
Yes, there are currently two ways in which you can follow the READ Portal and receive updates. The first is by using Twitter and the second is by using an RSS (Real Simple Syndication) agregator. When using RSS, you have the choice of subscribing to the entire site or just to category specific tags. An update from the site contains a post’s headline and a url which you can click to go directly to that post withing the READ Portal. To learn more about Twitter and RSS, please follow these links: http://twitter.com/ and http://www.whatisrss.com/.