Greetings Blog Readers,
Your friendly librarians have been working on a few page updates to improve your experience with the library. If all is well with the technological powers that be, you should see some minor changes take effect as early as tomorrow. These changes will in no way alter how you normally conduct research, they are simply meant to make it easier for you to find, or request, what you need. We’ll walk you through a few screenshots so you know what to expect.
A new ‘No Results’ page
In the instances when you attempt to access a resource which triggers a ‘no results’ message, you will see a new page which offers much clearer guidance on next best steps:
As you can see, the citation information will be displayed more prominently at the top of the screen. In the box below, you will find two handy buttons: ‘Check Google Scholar’ and ‘Request via Interlibrary Loan’.
When you click on the ‘Check Google Scholar’ button, it will automatically run a search for the title of the work you’re looking for in Google Scholar. That way, if someone has posted a full-text copy to the web, you can access it quickly and continue on with your research.
Clicking on the ‘Request via Interlibrary Loan’ button will open the order-an-article form in a new tab so you can more easily request the work through the loan service.
You will also see options to ’email’ yourself a copy of the citation, or to ‘export’ a copy of the citation in a format compatible with whatever citation management tool you use.
**One side-note: this page will not replace vendor-specific ‘no results’ messages. If you are working within a particular database and do not have access, you will still see that database’s default ‘no results’ message.**
A new sidebar on results pages
Along with a new page when there are ‘no results’, you will also begin to see a little ‘sidebar’ guide on pages with results. The sidebar offers the ability to email/export citations, report a problem to the library, check other databases for the same article, and more. These features are all intended to improve your experience and offer more options and flexibility to you as you research. Here is a screenshot of the new sidebar:
Since we understand that you may not always need to take advantage of the sidebar options, it is currently set to ‘auto-collapse’ on the page. However, you will see a Fielding logo and an arrow to remind you that it is available should you choose to open it:
A new ‘Citation Linker’ form
There will also be a new ‘citation linker’ form available to you on the ‘Journal and Book Titles’ page. If you come to the library looking for a specific article, you can input the information into the citation linker form to see if the article is available. Below is an example of how to take advantage of this function:
- Once you follow the ‘Journal and Book Title’ link on the library website, you will find the link to access this form just below the search box:
- Once connected, fill in the form with as much information as necessary. The form will indicate what you must enter at the bare minimum; however, the more information you can provide, the easier time you will have in finding a match:
- After inputting the requisite information, just press the ‘find it’ button to see if we have access. If we do have access, you will either be taken to a ‘Results’ page where you can select in which database you would like to access the article, or you will simply be redirected straight to the article. If we do not have access, you will be directed to the ‘No Results’ page described above, where you can choose to check Google Scholar, or request the item through interlibrary loan.
ProQuest integration with Altmetrics
You may remember that a few months back I did a post about a neat little tool from Altmetrics. At the time I wrote the post, not many databases had integrated with this tool, so to take advantage of the unique data it provides you had to install a special bookmarklet in your browser.
Well, as luck should have it, ProQuest has begun incorporating Altmetrics data into their databases. (If this all sounds like non-sense, take a brief look at the original Altmetrics post to learn more about it). You should see the Altmetrics badge in the sidebar described above, or on ‘Results’ pages when applicable. While it will not be present in every instance, if you see it you can take advantage of learning more about the article’s impact both in the scholarly world and in the world of social media. Once the feature is live, we’ll capture some screenshots to add to this post.
There you have it! We hope these small changes will improve your workflow and better help you to locate, access, and request the items you seek.