Tuesday, 9 December 2008

X Search Change Coming

Over the holiday period JCU Library will be transferring X Search to a new platform. X Search comprises two major features:
  • The ability to search multiple databases simultaneously
  • 'Find It' link to the fulltext online when available, or a link to the catalogue when it isn't
The new X Search will have no limit on the number of databases it can search simultaneously (the current version can search a maximum of 15) and no login will be required.

The new 'Find It' features much tighter integration with our electronic resource management tool which we believe will significantly reduce false positives and negatives when linking to full text. The new 'Find It' is already gradually appearing in some of our databases, you'll know it by the new look button. Find It @ JCU

We are also integrating the service more tightly with remote access so off campus users are less likely to face problems accessing articles.

Those of you who have stored your favourite articles, journals, databases and searches in X Search's My Space you have until the end of January 2009 to store this information in an alternative place (your bookmarks or favourites for example) at which time the old X Search will cease to be accessible. The X Search alert service will also cease at that time.

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