Starting Tuesday, January 19, library users will be able to take advantage of an upgraded “Find it @ Bowdoin” service – the software which links database users to full-text content (print and e-journal articles, print and e-books, etc.). The enhancements include:
- Improved accuracy of “Find it @ Bowdoin” links to full-text articles and book chapters;
- One-click linking to full-text from many indexing and citation databases – clicking on the “Find it @ Bowdoin” button within a database will now open a browser tab with two panes. The left pane shows the best available full-text of the linked citation. The right pane is a collapsible sidebar, which presents the citation information and other options;
- The sidebar offers a dropdown menu with links to other providers of full-text for the citation in question, access to the interlibrary loan form, citation email and export options, and a problem reporting link.
The most significant change is the one-click linking to full-text. Users will no longer see an intermediary pop-up window/tab with the citation information and links. That information now resides in the sidebar. While the one-click linking/presentation of full-text is intended to be seamless, there likely will be instances when the full-text does NOT appear in the left pane. In those cases, we encourage users to click on the link at the bottom of the sidebar labeled “Full text not displaying? Try here”; this will open a new tab or window with a more traditional display of the links available.
Another major change is that links to full-text from different providers are in a sidebar dropdown menu now, and not displayed as clickable links. The dropdown menu is labeled “Try a Different Source.” If no dropdown menu appears in the sidebar, there are no additional sources of full-text available.
We encourage all “Find it @ Bowdoin” users to provide feedback the new interface. Reports of difficulty using the service, design issues, specific linking issues and general comments are most welcome. Please use the “Report a problem” link in the sidebar for technical issues; send general comments and design feedback to Karl Fattig – firstname.lastname@example.org, x3027.