LibrarySearch – a new one-stop service for the University
9 August 2012
LibrarySearch, a new service designed to provide a single starting point for searching and accessing the University's information resources, has been launched by Information Services following a successful pilot.
LibrarySearch enables users to search for a wide range of resources, including books, journal titles, journal articles, all items in the institutional repository ORCA (Online Research @ Cardiff), theses and other library materials.
The new search interface is easy to use and offers a wide selection of limits to refine search results. It searches the tables of contents within books; for some subjects this has more than doubled the number of items found compared to a search in the Voyager catalogue.
ArticleSearch, a Google Scholar type search function, is another feature of LibrarySearch. ArticleSearch enables readers to quickly find those journal articles on their subject which are immediately available online via the library. Work is ongoing in this area to increase the number of journals covered by this search. Readers can also select a subject from the drop down menu next to the search box to search for journal articles and other publications using the major databases for that particular subject.
Tracey Stanley, Deputy University Librarian, said: "LibrarySearch offers our users a single, cohesive interface for accessing the University's wealth of materials – from electronic and digital resources, to traditional print-based and AV items."
LibrarySearch can be accessed via the LibrarySearch website.
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