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Changes to the library website

Over the last few weeks we’ve been asking for your help with redesigning the library website. (You can still let us know what you think.) We’ve been listening to what you had to say, and have made some important changes.

  • Chat: You can access Ask A Librarian chat service easily from every page on the library website. If you are ever stuck, ask us. We are happy to get your questions! If a Dominican librarian is not available, you can talk to another librarian in Illinois through AskAway.
  • Refworks: The link to Refworks has moved to the Citation Help page. We will be introducing several other citation management services over the next year, including Endnote Web and Zotero. Watch for workshops coming soon.
  • Databases:What we used to call the A-Z list of databases will now be called “Databases”, and will allow you to more easily access databases by title or subject from one place. Remember, if you aren’t sure which database to use, you can always ask a librarian. We have added many new databases over the summer, so we might be able to recommend a new source.
  • Services: The section on our home page that lists services will be undergoing many changes. The most popular services will be linked on the home page. Some of the internal pages will be changing or going away.

We will be making many more changes over the next year, including improved search, a new color scheme, and more interactive content. Watch this blog, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with changes