Website Enhancements are Here!

August 13, 2010 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

If you’ve made your way to this post, then you’ve probably noticed that the library’s website looks a little bit different today.  If not, you can view it here: http://cooklibrary.towson.edu. Since the redesign of the library’s website last summer, we’ve been working from your feedback and our ideas and observations to improve your experience on the library’s website.  The website you see today is the result of that work.

Most of these changes are cosmetic.  We’ve solidified the color scheme to provide a more consistent look throughout the site and cleaned up the banner area so more content can be seen when you load a library web page.  There are also some technical changes we made regarding CSS, Javascript, and CFML, but we won’t get into that right now.

We know that the library can be a confusing place, and it’s really difficult to find things sometimes (especially if you don’t know what it is you’re looking for!).  Because of this,  we’ve added links on the home page to four of the most important tools/resources/services that the library offers: WorldCatTU, Research Databases, Subject Gateways, and Help Guides.

screenshot of new research tool icons on the library's home page

These are the four new links on the library's home page. If you're just getting started with your research, these are tools and resources that can help you out.

WorldCatTU: This is what we in the library world call a “discovery tool”.  Why? Because it helps you discover library resources.  This is most helpful for finding books, but you can find articles and other types of materials as well by using WorldCatTU.

Research Databases: The library’s databases contain a wealth of information.  They’re most famous as the place to find scholarly articles, but many contain other resources like newspapers, streaming music, and videos.

Subject Gateways: If you’re new to the library (or even a seasoned researcher), this is a great place to find out what’s available from the library.  Subject Gateways are put together by librarians who specialize in specific subject areas.  They give you the major databases for that subject as well as a lot of other useful resources.

Help Guides: Even though we try to make things as easy as possible for you as a researcher, research is still difficult.  Because of this the library provides a growing collection of tutorials and handouts to help you along the research process.

We hope you’ll find these changes helpful as you prepare for the beginning of the new school year.  As always, there’s a big button on the website that says ‘Ask a Librarian’.  Why? Because that’s what we’re here for!  Let us know how we can help!

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