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New search coming

You spoke, and we listened! Starting in mid-May after the semester ends, the primary search box on our homepage will present your top results in categories organized by format, with links to dive deeper into your results.

Starting now you can try it out in a “beta release”: http://library.uncw.edu/search_randall and give us your feedback!

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 websites for articles, books, videos, journals, digital collections 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[1] [2] [3]of other top academic libraries including NCSU[4], UNC-CH, Duke[5], Princeton, Cornell[6] and others[7] that have adopted this type of search box and display of search results.

Updated Article Searching

We have also switched our aggregated article searching from WorldCat Local to Summon for a better searching and linking experience. Visit our Summon Help page for more information, or watch this tutorial (COMING SOON).

Faculty & Instructors

We will be holding two focus groups to get your input on Monday April 27 and Tuesday April 28th, both from 2-3pm in RL#1039. Please RSVP by Friday April 24th to Laura Wiegand (wiegandl [at] uncw.edu). Refreshments will be provided.


Stop by Randall Library #1022 on Monday April 27th anytime between 3 - 5pm to try it out and give us your feedback in exchange for snacks and vouchers for coffee!

Try it out

Try a search http://library.uncw.edu/search_randall and give us your feedback!