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This guide answers basic questions about the new version of Search It and details its enhanced features

Basic Questions about New Search It

When will the new version of Search It be launched?

  • Monday, May 8, 2017.

Why is a new version being implemented?

  • WSU Libraries, in accordance with our participation in the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Pacific Northwest consortium of academic libraries), are making a mandated upgrade to the new version of Search It.
  • The new version has many great new features - see next column to the right.

What will happen to eShelf records and saved searches?

  • eShelf records (now "My Favorites") will transfer seamlessly into the new version of Search It.  Saved searches, unfortunately, will not transfer.

Will the launch of the new version change the status of any items on loan?

  • No, all original due dates will remain the same.

Who should I contact with questions about the new version of Search It?

Key Features of New Search It

Log In Pop Up Window

  • The log in pop up window which drew a largely negative response will be replaced with a more discrete prompt which resides within the main Search It screen.

Mobile Device Navigation

  • The new version of Search It has been enhanced with smoother navigation on smaller screen mobile devices.

Serendipitous Source Discovery

  • The new version of Search It features an improved article recommendation service and citation exploration functionalities.

Search Limiters and Expanders

  • With less clicks one can include and/or exclude various types of sources from search results lists.

Browsing Results Lists

  • Instead of needing to click through pages of results, one can scroll more quickly to see desired groups of results.

Icon Familiarity

  • Icon images better match common online usage, for example, use of a quotation marks icon for source citation information and an envelope icon for emailing a record.
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