Search updates, December 2020

We updated the search tools on in December to accommodate format-specific filtering.

This allows users to select a format (books, articles, etc.) to limit their search by before they submit their initial query.

The hope is that this additional feature will make known-item searching faster. For example, if a user knows they need a specific book, they can limit results by format from the get-go and only return results of books.

On the homepage, we added a drop-down with applicable formats to the search box.

We also added new format content pages that provide additional options for each specific format. For example, a user looking for books can visit the new Books page and see information about call numbers, ILL, and more things relating to book searching.