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New Search Experience

The GW Libraries will move to an updated and improved search experience in July 2018. The new system provides one intuitive and easy-to-use search experience for the entire Washington Research Library Consortium, including items at Gelman, Eckles, VSTCL, Burns, and Himmelfarb.

What this means for you

The most noticeable change will be the search interface. While the new search provides many of the same functions you rely on – viewing items, making requests, checking your account – you will now have access to many requested features such as clickable subject headings and better discovery of open access materials. You will also be able to search across all categories, instead of using different search tools to find print and digital collections. Although you will only see the new search look and behavior, this is an entirely new system for library management. As part of this upgrade, the “Classic Catalog” will no longer be available.

Get help

We will update this page with training materials and updates as they become available. Additionally, our librarians and library staff will be available to answer questions and assist you as we make the transition to the new system this summer, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Provide your feedback

We want your feedback. Provide your comments about the new search experience.

New features

The new search experience includes some new features:

Scope options

As you type, you’ll be able to limit your search to our categories of records, or just look at everything.

Screenshot of scope options in new search experience

Filter your search

A variety of filter options are available to narrow your search.

Screenshot of filter facets in new search experience

Advanced search

Conduct a Boolean search or limit your search terms to specific fields.

Screenshot of new advanced search experience

Detailed record view

Cover art allows for quick scanning. Each record offers multiple citation tools and location information.

Screenshot of a record in new search experience

Clickable subject headings

Easily find books with the same subject heading by clicking the link.

Screenshot of clickable headings in new search experience

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