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 Tuesday, June 12, 2007 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


A new look for Chinook, new features improve library research
By Deborah Fink, outreach librarian, University Libraries

Take a look at the newly simplified and streamlined Chinook, and let us know what you think on the CU Libraries' new comments page. Since the new Chinook is a work in progress, please use the Ask Us page to let us know if you encounter any glitches.

Here are some features to look for that will make library research easier and faster: On the new Chinook homepage users can immediately begin a search for a book, eBook, recording or map by entering available information and making choices from the drop-down menus. When searching for a database, journal, or specific journal article, click on journals/serials, Find Articles & More or E-Journal Finder .

In the "journals/serials" option, direct searches for a particular journal by title, keyword, subject, and other options are available in the drop-down menu. By clicking on "Find Articles & More," a search can be made for a particular journal citation, or search for databases by subject or title. "E-Journal Finder" connects directly to electronic journals when searching by title, keyword, or ISBN.

As always, when looking for articles on a particular topic, use one of the hundreds of article databases that the CU Libraries subscribes to and identify citation information or access the full text of the item. And now in seven major databases provided by the Libraries, users will see the new "Find it at CU" link, which will connect from citations to the full text of the desired item on another website.

If no Full Text category appears in the Find it at CU list of options, click the link to the Chinook library catalog to search for items online or in print. If the library does not own or have access to the item, users will be directed to request it through the ILLiad interlibrary loan service, or ArticleReach, a combined catalog of the journal collections of seven academic libraries and a research consortium.

We are excited to announce the release of the next phase of "Find it at CU" – the "Find it at CU Article Finder" form. Article Finder allows users to enter citation information for an article to locate the full text online, if it is available to the University Libraries community. With Article Finder, users do not need to select a database to search for the full text – once the citation information is entered in the form, Article Finder will search across all full-text electronic resources.

Find it at CU Article Finder is different from the existing Find it at CU in that users will not need to start in a database to utilize this feature. Instead, the form is linked from the new "Find Articles & More" page in Chinook. It can also be directly accessed here.

These features are available from off campus with an Internet connection. Users can set up their computers according to the guidelines available online. For detailed information about Find it at CU, consult the FAQ, or contact the Libraries from our Ask Us page.


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