Welcome back, dear students, faculty, and staff, and happy 2009!
In my blog post on Novermber 25, 2008, I mentioned to you that our Summit catalog was soon coming up with a new look. Well, actually, it’s more than a new look that Summit is treating us with! If you try a search, you will now see that Summit presents results not only from the collections of the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s 36 Oregon and Washington member libraries, but also from libraries all around the world! In all, the new catalog gives you access to over 107 million library records that you may easily search and request for FREE! Who needs Amazon.com!?
As the images below show, in the new Summit, each book result is often accompanied by the book’s cover page, a link that shows you how to cite it, even by available reviews for the particular publication – quite handy, isn’t it? And similar to the old Summit, the Request Summit Item button allows you to receive the item within 2-3 working days!
In addition to books and AV materials the old Summit used to offer, you are now also able to locate other types of sources such as articles. As the example below shows, in the left hand panel of your results page, under Format, there is a link to a list of Article results.
Although these articles are not available full-text via Summit, you may be able to retrieve them electronically through the link Find It @ Your Library or by clicking on the [check availability for this item] link which will show you if you can locate the journal or magazine in our local collection.
These are just a few examples of some of the new Summit features. Play around, discover, and take advantage of the wonderful collections and services this catalog offers you! As always, feel free to give us your feedback using the “Comments” feature of this blog!
Note: the link to the Summit catalog is still located via our library’s main page, under Books & More: Library Catalogs.