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New Catalog, Articles & Databases, Website, and More

The Duke University Libraries have switched to a new integrated library system. This library management software, provided by Ex Libris, introduces new customization features and more robust search functions to the Catalog and Articles & Databases finder. Two new tools, the Citation Linker and Get It @ Duke, provide more direct routes to online fulltext journal articles.

New Catalog Features

The Catalog offers users more flexibility and a wider range of tools for research. Besides viewing current loans and renewing materials, you may place holds and recall requests directly through the Catalog�instead of using a separate online form or email.

The Get It @ Duke e-text linking tool operates right in the Catalog, providing direct access to electronic texts when available. In addition, you may customize your use of the Catalog by saving search results and search strategies to a personal e-shelf for later retrieval, or you may even send this information to another person.

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Articles & Databases

The new Articles & Databases tool lets you browse our research database collection alphabetically or by academic subject. You can connect directly to an individual database and take advantage of advanced search features just as before.
But you can also search many databases simultaneously (up to eight at one time). Search results from the different databases appear in one window, making it easy to flip back and forth between them. You can also merge search results, eliminating duplicate records from your results list.

In addition, Duke users can login with NetIDs to personalize and save searches. You can even set up alerts that will prompt email notifications when the database adds new content for your search, or will periodically run searches and send you the results.

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Fulltext Articles via Citation Linker

If you're looking for the fulltext of a specific article, the Citation Linker allows you to bypass the Catalog or Articles & Databases tool. Instead, enter citation information (article title, author, journal title, etc.) directly into the Citation Linker form. This produces a Get It @ Duke menu with links to the article's fulltext, if available. (If fulltext is not available online, you can have the service automatically search the Catalog, for a print copy, or if Duke doesn't own it the tool can automatically fill out an Interlibrary Loan request.)

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Get It @ Duke

When you search the Catalog, the library's Articles & Databases tool, and many of our subscription databases, you'll notice Get it @ Duke
buttons in your search results. Get It @ Duke examines each item in your search results and looks for a copy in the libraries' collections. If your search results include journals or journal articles, Get It @ Duke looks for online fulltext and displays links to all the possibilities. The program also checks the Catalog for print copies of journals and links to appropriate catalog records. If Get It @ Duke does not find an item in Duke's collections, it will automatically fill out an Interlibrary Loan request for you.

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New Website

Over the past year, library staff have conducted user studies in order to better understand how Duke faculty and students use the resources the library makes available via the Web and how the library's website could be improved. The result of these studies is a new information architecture and visual design for the library's website, which should make it easier for you to find what you're looking for. At this time, only the top few levels of the library's site have been rebuilt. Over the next year, the remainder of the library's Web resources will also be renovated and begin to appear on the new site. We hope you enjoy the changes we have made. We invite you to give suggestions for further improvements to the site to the library�s Web Services department.


If you have questions about the new tools, please Ask a Librarian.

Welcome to a new era of library research at Duke!

Posted 07/22/2004


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