Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A closer look at the library's NEW website

Welcome back to old friends and hello to all the new faces on campus!  Over the summer the library website got a new look and some cool new features. 
All of the links that you’ve used in the past are still available, just rearranged. New features include subject guides to electronic resources, a finding resources guide, a federated search option, tools and apps for electronic resources, a FAQ section, links to new print books, e-books, best sellers, and videos, new ways to locate journal titles, and a link to submit archival documents and photos.

If you want to change your password, check due dates or renew material, click on My Library Card located at the bottom of every page.
One of the big improvements is the inclusion of a federated search option. Users may now search multiple databases at one time. One of the databases is WorldCat, others include a number of journal databases and other services. Results will then link you to either the full-text version of electronic resources or will provide a citation to items not available via the Devereaux Library. Our federated search option, WorldCat Discovery is prominently located on the upper right hand corner of every page, labeled “Search for resource worldwide. Just enter your search terms, click on “GO“.  

To locate library resources or begin your research, start with the alphabetical list of All Resources. This list will guide you to all of the millions of resources available to you via the Devereaux Library. 
A link to the Devereaux Library’s online catalog will take you to the library’s catalog where you can search for specific items, print and electronic, available via the Devereaux Library. The library catalog is the most efficient way to locate a specific item in the library’s collection. You can determine if the item is immediately available and place a hold if it is in use.

In addition to an alphabetical list of all electronic databases, a new feature on the website is Subject Guides to Electronic Resources.  These guides are customized for each academic discipline; guides to general science and engineering and general interest are also listed. These guides will help identify key resources for research and study in specific areas.
If you are not sure where to begin, check out our Finding Library Resources page, it offers useful tips for locating library resources.

A variety of useful of links that will help you access electronic resources with your mobile device are listed in the Tools and Apps section. EndNote software installation is also featured on this page.
Check out the library’s new website.   Let us know what you think.