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New “Start with Databases” page released

August 26, 2010

New this fall, the library has just released a new version of the Start with Databases pages.  The new pages include reconfigured database descriptions, linkable icons, and new help features.

The new database descriptions are broken into two parts: the general description and the more information description.  The general description provides the topics and/or the types of resources that you might find in a particular database.  The more information description provides dates of coverage, update schedules, number of journals abstracted and/or available in full text, number of journal articles indexed, collections and resources that the database is based on, and/or associations involved with the creation of the database.  To access the more information description, just click the more info link at the end of the general description.

The new linkable icons incorporate two types of information.  The icon itself can represent something, such as the availability of mostly full text , some full text, or no full text (lack of a FT icon).   The other three icons bring information previously stored in other areas of the website into one place.  The information provided by these icons is meant to provide assistance in accomplishing a task, such as: creating a permanent URL to an article so you or a colleague can revisit it later , exporting a citation from a database into RefWorks , and how to use the database through tutorials .   If one of these three icons appears after the database name, click on the icon related to the task of interest to learn more about how to accomplish your goal.

In addition to a list of popular databases, the right side of the web pages include a list of commonly asked questions and a legend (in case you can’t remember what an icon represents).

The library staff would like to thank Romedchim International (which developed the coding behind the new page), Neil Kulbiski for assistance in developing the RFP and working on alterations to the code provided, School of Professional and Graduate Studies administrative staff who assisted with gathering feedback, and the students who provided useful information through surveys, usability tests, and focus groups. ~RCW

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