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Input to Implementation: Making Online Databases Easier to Find

The Libraries’ Counting Opinions survey provides staff with feedback, directly from users, on how experiences with the Libraries can be improved. 'Accessing an online database provided by the Libraries," is one priority area respondents to the survey identified as an opportunity for improvement. Staff considered various starting points, number of steps involved and possible errors users may experience to see where people were having the most trouble. While considering the relevant data, staff was surprised to uncover that many users were having trouble simply locating databases on the Libraries’ website and were typing the name of their desired database into one of the search boxes presented on the home page. The usability study showed that 60% of users who visit our website were seeking databases or journal articles and that the Quicklinks list of databases was one of the two most-visited spots on our website.

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New Web Pages to Help Improve User Experience

The Libraries redesigned and launched four new Web pages in late July to help improve navigation of the website. These new pages will help to surface content and more quickly direct users to the most helpful resources and information.

There are a number of reference books available online. How can I find out which reference books are available from our Library's web site?

You can find electronic encyclopedias or handbooks by searching in our Library's online catalog. For example, to locate electronic handbooks in the area of Mechanical Engineering, use ‘mechanical*’ and ‘handbook*’ as keywords in ‘Advanced Searching’ feature and by limiting to ‘DU Electronic Books’ option.

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Microsoft hosts Feynman lecture series

Project Tuva, the new interactive video application developed for Microsoft Research, is featuring Richard Feynman's 1964 Messenger Lecture Series presented at Cornell University.

Project Tuva (for Microsoft Research) from Stimulant on Vimeo.

New Video tutorials from Knovel

Knovel provides electronic access to leading engineering reference handbooks, databases, and conference proceedings.

See: Knovel – Engineering and Scientific online reference books

To help introduce the power of Knovel to users, Knovel has developed 3 short instructional web videos.

American Physical Society Launches New Online Publication

Finding the best in physics now becomes easier with the formal launch of Physics,
a new, free, online publication from the American Physical Society. Physics will highlight and provide commentary on selected papers from among the extensive publications of Physical Review Letters and the Physical Review series.

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