Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Libraries New Discovery Tool - CatQuest

In a previous post, I told you that the library was implementing a new discovery tool. Well, the library has unveiled  CatQuest,  a new discovery tool  for the Library Catalog and [most] of the libraries' electronic resources. As a reminder..... this tool provides an additional way to search for books, films, journal articles, newspaper articles, etc. provided by the UVM Libraries. Think of it like an academic Google  - and all that implies.

In the bar at the top of the Library home page, you'll see a link to this tool alongside the link to the "Classic Catalog," which is the library catalog interface you're accustomed to. CatQuest is also found on the Library's home page, as the search box at the top right of the screen.

The Library Catalog and the individual databases are not going to disappear. You will continue to have access to these resources in the traditional way. This is important, because CatQuest does not provide searchable access to many of the resources you frequently search for and expect to locate. For example, CatQuest will locate journal articles that are found in  MLA International Bibliography, but not books or book chapters.

If you wish to search the Library Catalog, using the CatQuest search engine, simply select  "Library Catalog" from the pull-down menu. Using the Advanced Search mode to search the Library Catalog may be more efficient.

While you are working on your own research or preparing for your courses, I invite you to "kick the tires" by replicating your favorite searches in this tool and comparing the search results with the ones from your frequently used databases.  Your feedback about functionality as well as content continues to be very important. Feel free to call or e-mail me.  I would also be happy to answer-or get an answer to-any questions you might have. If you would like some one-on-one help with this tool, please let me know and we will set up an appointment. If several of you would like a group introduction, I'd be happy to do that as well.