Archive: 2006

Mac OS X Widget

Along the same lines as the Firefox toolbar we released a couple of months ago, we have now released a Dashboard widget to be used on Mac OS X. Widgets are simply “mini-applications that allow you to perform common tasks and provide you with fast access to information.” The HBLL widget allows you to quickly …

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Firefox Toolbar

The Firefox browser (from Mozilla) has gained popularity because it is capable of extensive customization. Using this capability, the library has created a toolbar for Firefox that will allow you to perform several different types of searches directly from your Firefox browser. Here is a complete list of the features available in the toolbar: Direct …

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Database Descriptions

If you go to any subject page you will notice that to the right of the database title there is a small blue “i” icon. If you click on the icon, a window pops up that gives you more information about that particular database. We suspect that very few people actually use this valuable resource. …

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Finding Databases

Currently, to find a database you must either go to a subject page or go to the databases A-Z page. If you know the exact database you are looking for, you must either go to an appropriate subject page or scroll through approximately 1,400 links on the databases A-Z page before you can access the …

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Solutions Solicitation

If you’ve ever thought, “It would be great if the library website could…”, then keep reading. We’re taking input for ways to improve our library website. Our goal is to, “Implement new tools, methods, and practices that promote fast and easy information retrieval for students, faculty, and other researchers”. If you’ve got the next blockbuster …

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Undergraduate Research Page

The library classes web page is being redesigned to provide more emphasis on research helps. We will change the focus of the library classes web page to highlight helpful research tools and guidance through the research process. An added feature will be an assignment calculator that lets students see how much time they will need …

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Reference Desk Information added to Subject Pages

Reference desk information will be added to the subject pages. This will help students and others to quickly identify a reference desk that can give them help on their research needs as well as the subject librarian who can answer more sophisticated research questions. For an example of what the pages will look like see …

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Databases A-Z List

The current “Databases A-Z” page lists all of the library’s databases in one long list. We are going to be testing different ways of displaying the databases on this page to 1) make the page load faster and 2) offer multiple ways of accessing databases so that you can pick the easiest one for your …

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FAQ Updates

We are in process of updating the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). When the pages are updated we will let you know here. If you have any comments or questions regarding the FAQs, please comment here.

Quick Start Search Box

On the default view of our library homepage there is no search box. This creates a situation where a user must click before they can begin to search on their topic of interest. It also forces users to choose what kind of format they are looking for – journal or book. We are developing a …

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