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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 29, 2013

Owens Library launches new search interface to improve research

Adding to the tools and services it provides the Northwest community, the B.D. Owens Library recently upgraded the search options on its website to help users better search and discover resources within the library's holdings. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Adding to the tools and services it provides the Northwest community, the B.D. Owens Library recently upgraded the search options on its website to help users better search and discover resources within the library's holdings. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

The B.D. Owens Library at Northwest Missouri State University has upgraded the search options on its website to help users better search and discover resources in the library’s holdings.

As part of the improvements to the library’s homepage, www.nwmissouri.edu/library, users may now search for “all” items within search tabs without having to distinguish specific materials. A user’s initial search provides a page with results sorted by relevancy. The user may further refine searches, with options such as peer-reviewed, full text, scholarly, publication date, content type or subject.

Users still have the option of searching the library’s catalog, databases, periodicals and website with other tabs.

The changes are among the first phase of an initiative by the library to improve the search and discovery experience for its users.

The library plans to launch a second phase of upgrades to its search interface during the summer. That upgrade is expected to increase ease-of-use for users and provide more relevant search results. The library also plans to add mobile support of its new search interface.

Kathy Hart, assistant director for library services, and Sarah Park, library webmaster, led the project with contributions from other library personnel.

The library also provides free “Help with Research” among its services. To use the service, students are asked to complete a short form about their research topic and schedule an appointment with a librarian. A librarian conducts some preliminary research in preparation for the appointment and then shows the student how to conduct the searches. For more information about the service, click here.

The B.D. Owens Library houses more than 368,000 books, documents and bound periodicals with nearly 30,000 periodicals available in electronic format and access to over 24 million items through the statewide catalog maintained by the Missouri Consortium of Academic Libraries (MOBIUS). The facility also is home to Northwest’s Writing Center, Talent Development Center and the Center for Informational Technology in Education (CITE).

For more information about the library and its services, visit the library and speak to a staff member or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/library.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468