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Quick Search Interface Update

Overview

Quick Search has a fresh coat of paint!

This past year, Library Services has been testing the latest version of our library catalog software. In addition to a sleeker look, the modernized Quick Search interface includes major accessibility updates and general performance improvements. The user experience will continue to be improved over the coming year.

What's New?

  • The interface has a new look that is optimized for all devices, including tablets and phones.
  • Search performance has been improved along with stability improvements.
  • Accessibility has been updated to conform to WCAG 2.1 AA standards, with additional updates planned.
  • Search results now display call numbers for physical items along with the best way to access electronic resources quickly from the search results page.
  • Keywords are now highlighted so you can see exactly why you're receiving results.
  • 28 databases are being searched in Quick Search by default. Previously, 21 were enabled. Learn what Quick Search is searching here.
  • The landing page, search results page, and item details page now are using the improved interface.
  • The Additional Databases panel may be dismissed for each new search session and enabled on demand to search within other sources.
  • Library Chat is always available for assistance via the icon on the right side of the results pages.

What's Staying the Same?

  • The search experience! Similar to the library website redesign rolled out in January 2021, this interface maintains the same functionality.
  • Advanced Search, Course Reserves, and the backend journals list have not changed. They will be updated in a future release.

FAQs About the Update

Frequently Asked Questions


When will access to the previous Quick Search interface end?

Access to the previous interface ended on July 19, 2021. Pages that remain in the old interface will transition to the new interface at a later time, date still to be determined.

 

What web browsers does the new interface support?

Modern web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari are supported. Please update your browser to the most current version prior to using Quick Search for the best experience.

 

Will my course links work in the new interface?

Yes! Your existing permalinks will redirect to the new interface without needing to change anything.

 

How do I report a broken link in the new interface?

Broken links can currently be reported via the Access Online box within the main record. This link will be moved to the front page of the search results list in an update later in 2021. 

 

Eek! I'm seeing an error when searching in the new interface! How do I let you know there's a problem?

We're sorry you're having trouble! Let us know about it via email, chat, or Ask the Library.