Thursday, September 27, 2007

Personalise it!

While our new E-Resources pages have been a hit with novice users, some of our more experienced users have found it harder to find just the resources they want. We have slightly redesigned our pages and added new pages to address these issues. The most important changes for experienced users are:

Electronic Library page
This has now been dramatically de-cluttered. It primarily just directs you to the pages for Databases, E-Journals and E-Books where you will find the full functionality.


Databases page
A link to My Databases (with a ‘What’s this?’ help link) now exists. We encourage experienced users to create their own lists of resources rather than having to navigate through Metalib every time.


Note that this page has a Help link in the top right hand corner.

Also, the scrollable list of subjects has been changed to a pull-down list of subjects. There is a separate list for the General areas like Theses, Newspapers etc. All links that lead to Metalib now open in a new window.

E-Journals page
A link to My e-Journals (with a ‘What’s this?’ help link) now exists. We encourage experienced users to create their own lists of e-journals rather than having to navigate through SFX every time.


The SFX A-Z list is cumbersome to browse through so we have emphasised this less. We encourage you to search the list instead. This is really easy – you can even use abbreviated journal titles! Once you have clicked on the red SFX icon for the required title, just click the GO button for the required journal and you will be taken to its home page. You only need to fill in the year, volume no, etc. if you want to go direct to an article. This is all explained more fully on this page’s Help link.

You still have the option of searching the library e-journals catalogue if you really loathe our new A-Z list!

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