At yesterday’s Public Services Committee yesterday, we approved a change to the way call numbers are shown in OneSearch records. Now, the location and the call number are set in bold to make them stand out more.
We can now access the content of the Cambridge Companions Online collection. Right now, access is just via the links on our databases pages, but in the next week, you should be able to find records in OneSearch for entries in them as well as records for entire volumes.
CUNY OLS and Ex Libris are looking into problems that CUNY and other schools are having with records for New York Times and Wall Street Journal articles. You may find that the “full text available” link for an article leads you to a page in the database that indicates the full text or the article couldn’t be found. If that happens, just go into one of the usual databases for full text access and search by title for the article you need.
With the New York Times, you may also see in your search results in OneSearch multiple records for the exact same article.
As soon as these problems are fixed by Ex Libris, I’ll post an update to the reference blog.
Following up on our integration of BrowZine into Serials Solutions search results from earlier this month, we’ve found another way to take advantage of BrowZine’s API. Starting today, when you run searches in OneSearch, if there is a table of contents related to a scholarly journal article you’ve found or to a scholarly journal you searched for, relevant records in OneSearch will display a link into BrowZine.
- Note the blue links for “View journal contents” (which go to BrowZine) below the green links for “Full text available” (which go to the full OneSearch record for that journal)
- Note the blue links for “View issue contents” (which go to BrowZine) below the green links for “Full text available” (which go to the full text of each article).
Please note that not every school in CUNY has BrowZine and that among those that do have it, only Baruch has set up this integration (Queens is still testing it out).
If you go to the bottom of the Faculty Services page on the library website, you’ll also find a link to BrowZine in the “journal alerting services” section.
As the co-chair of the Public Services Committee, I’d like to invite any suggestions for agenda items for the committee’s next meeting (July 26). The committee is charged with advising CUNY OLS on needed changes to the display and functionality of OneSearch (we used to focus on the catalog as well, but work on that has halted as we prepare to move from an ILS to a library services platform).
A draft of the minutes from the previous meeting and a draft of the agenda for the next meeting are available. If you have any suggestions for things the committee should focus on, please add a comment to this blog post or contact me directly.
Today, the search bar features a new set of options for book searches. If you want to find print and ebooks at the same time, use the first option, “Books (print + ebooks).” Searches run from this option will go to OneSearch, where all of our print and ebooks records can be found. If you want to limit your search to just print books, you’ll want to use the second option, “Books (print).” The second option sends search queries to the catalog, which no longer includes records for most of our ebook collections.
Over the coming months, we’ll be running usability tests and conducting other forms of user research to assess how this change is being received by our students and faculty. If you receive feedback from our users, please pass it along to Michael Waldman or me.
The November 2017 update of the Primo software has fixed the problem we were seeing with searches run in OneSearch by users in the Firefox browser (see this October 6 blog post for details).
If you need to get to the OneSearch interface and don’t want to run a search first, here are some options:
- On the yellow search bar, select the “Articles” option (or “Videos” or “Books + Articles + Videos”) and then click the “Advanced Search” option just below the “Go” button on the search bar.
- On the A-Z list of databases, look for the link to “OneSearch” on the “O-P” tab.
Ex Libris fixed a problem that was plaguing the last release of the Primo software that prevented real-time availability of books being displayed in item records if those books were held in other libraries in your consortium. Now, if you click through to the record for a book, you should see up-to-date status info for Baruch’s copy and other CUNY libraries that also have that book.
Sample item record in OneSearch for a book (Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky)
In my last OneSearch tip on the blog, I focused on how to browse by title in the catalog and OneSearch. In the catalog, there are of course other browse options we tend to use a lot, such as browse by author, by LC subject heading, by LC call number:
In OneSearch, you have all these options, too. Just go to the BROWSE mode and click the dropdown menu to pick what you want to browse by:
A caveat about title browse in OneSearch applies here as well for the other kinds of OneSearch browsing. When you use the browse function in OneSearch, the books you find will be almost exclusively print books. What you are browsing in OneSearch are just the records that we’ve carried over from the catalog. In OneSearch, we represent our ebook titles not from catalog records but instead from records in ebook collections that Ex Libris (the vendor behind OneSearch) gets directly from the vendors of the ebook platforms we subscribe to (such as Ebook Central from ProQuest).