Thursday, August 18, 2016

One Search Getting a Makeover

One Search, our web scale discovery tool*, is having a user interface 'refresh'.

One Search uses Summon 2.0 technology in a hosted (SaaS) model and the vendor, Ex Libris, has notified us that a raft of usability enhancements will be launched overnight (Australian time) on August 24th.

These tweaks are based on user feedback and testing, they include:
  • Advanced Search toggle option clearer
  • Preview hover more robust
  • Publication date filter moved higher and tweaked
  • Easier to search for, navigate and refine results
  • Hamburger menu used on large screen as well as small screen
  • Slight layout/font changes
  • More visible links to other tools (A-Z, Feedback, Help)
  • Results page
  • Repositioned functional elements
  • New menu option, icons and text to improve navigation
  • Facet Pane improvements to include/exclude 
  • Results pane includes: citation preview, WoS, Scopus, Altmetrics linking and display, and cite, save email icons
  • New layout for topic explorer
  • Pre-canned date ranges for filtering results (last 12 months, last 3 years, last 5 years)
  • Date histogram removed
  • Preview link expandable (no longer in right column) click on/off - doesn't disappear when you scroll
  • Topic explorer has separated elements for better user understanding
  • WCAG and Section 508 accessibility
It will work the same way but the layout will be clearer and your options for actions and other services will be simpler to access.

There will be no downtime for the changes.

If you experience any problems please contact InfoHelp.

*A librariany way of saying a whole bunch of disparate library resources are indexed in one place and searched in a 'Google-like' manner.

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