As we work continuously to improve the IU Libraries website, we’ve learned a few things about how library users search the site – and we’re ready to announce some improvements to our search results page. We think the new format will provide a more complete picture of everything the Libraries offer, and a clearer path for you to find what you’re looking for.
Enter the bento!
Like the lunchbox or take-out meal container popular in many Asian cultures, a bento-style search results page provides a container or box for each different category of food items – that is, search results. You’ll see the top three results for your search in each category (OneSearch @IU, IUCAT, Database Titles, Research Guides, Libraries’ Website, and Libraries & Staff) with a button to “View More” once you identify the category of results that looks most relevant. (The "X" at the top right of the "View More" panel will close that box so you can return to your search results.) Of course, if you spot what you’re looking for within those top three results, you can move right on through by selecting its title.
There will also be a box at the bottom in case you don’t see what you are looking for in those six categories, offering links to WorldCat, Google Scholar, our e-journals portal, or UBorrow/ Interlibrary Loan. The Lilly Library – which houses rare books and manuscripts – has also moved to a bento-style search results page, with slightly different categories since their users have slightly different needs.
You'll find the search bar in its familiar location on the Libraries' home page, underneath "What would you like to find at the library today?", as well as on every page of the Libraries' website where you can reveal it by clicking on the magnifying-glass icon near the top of each page.
The new search results page is ready for you to try right now. We’d love to hear your feedback! Please tell us what you think.