New search

You spoke, and we listened! The primary search box on our homepage now presents your top results in categories organized by format, with links to dive deeper into your results.

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.

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