The new version of Randall’s Library primary search box searches across multiple systems, including the Library Catalog, Summon (our new aggregated search service from ProQuest) and our website for articles, books, videos, journals and webpages. The top results are all displayed on one page.
This unified approach to displaying and segmenting search results is commonly referred to as the “Bento Box” method, because of its resemblance to the popular and often elaborately prepared Japanese lunch boxes. It is designed to provide a quick, easy, and more intuitive way to find the information you need:
- Articles from journals and magazines are presented in the left column, as well as matching journal titles.
- Print and electronic resources such as books, music, movies and more are presented in the center column, pulled from our library catalog.
- The right column presents results from our websites, databases and other suggested searches.
Our new search box is based on the examples and research  of other top academic libraries including NCSU, UNC-CH, Duke, Princeton, Cornell and others that have adopted this type of search box and display of search results.