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ETB is ready to test now!
Don't hold yourself back from the new way to look for web-based learning resources. Enter to the ETB pilot and explore the newest service provided to you.

ETB Users' Guide

To start searching the web-based learning resources from the ETB network,

1) Free Text Search

  • Choose the language you want to use by clicking the language codes above the empty text field.

Figure 1
  • Type in a search term or the name of a subject area.
  • Hit the Search key!
  • You will find the resources listed below.
  • By clicking on the underlined name of the resource,
    you will be taken to the resource.
  • The search is not case sensitive.
  • NOTE! The stemming is not possible (Bac*)
Even if you make your query in one language, you will get the results
also in other languages,
thanks to use of ETB Thesaurus in indexing the resources!
Let's look at the examples below.
  • Here was a query made for "Bach". There is only one resources.
  • By clicking the underlined name you will be taken to the resource
Figure 2 <- For Bach there is one resource. Click "musique" if you want to continue the search!
  • You are not happy with what you got?
  • You can always continue!
  • Click on the underlined term and continue your search by browsing further.
  • See Figure 3 below.
    You will find all the learning resources related to music and other more specific or related terms.

Figure 3

NOTE: You can also click on the "Categories" on the left hand corner and
start your search again from them.


The second way to look for resources is by category. These categories represent different microthesauri (=MT) of the ETB Thesaurus.

This is the perfect place to start if you're not exactly sure which search term to use!

  • Choose your language.
  • After each category you will find in parentheses (#) how many multilingual resources are available.
  • Just click on a category of your choice.
  • You will be able to narrow down your choice while you are clicking on categories! See Figure 4 and 5 for this.

Figure 4

  • You can easily continue your search and change the subject category just by clicking any underlined word in the description of the resource.
  • See Figure 5, Thesaurus Term(s).
    These terms are actually from the ETB Thesaurus, this favours a flexible, post-coordinated search strategy.
  • This sophisticated feature is available to let you see what kinds of resources are available in your interest area!

Figure 5

  • For example the category "Environment" gives you a total of 28 resources.
  • If you click on it, you will see the more detailed top terms (Figure 5 and 6).
  • The number following the terms (#) indicates how many resources are available.

Figure 6

You can continue your search until you find the term of your interest by opening subsequent levels of the hierarchy(Figure 6).

  • To start go to
  • Choose language of the interface by clicking one of the language codes on the left corner.
  • Fill in the fields, they are mandatory
    • Give the name of the resource.
    • Write the URL where the proposed learning resource relies OR
    • If you want to upload a learning material, click on the "BROWSE"
    • Write your email address so that a notification can be sent to you.

Author: Riina Vuorikari
Web Editor: Riina Vuorikari
Published: Tuesday, 23 Apr 2002
Last changed: Friday, 10 Jan 2003
Keywords: standardisation, metadata

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