If you have used the Bellevue University Library website recently, you may have noticed the new landing page for our library databases. This page was launched on October 25th, with the intention of organizing our entire collection of databases in an easier to browse fashion. Instead of bringing visitors directly to a long list of over 140 databases, we now have new browsing options up front to help you find the right resource for the right job.
Browse by title: Select any letter of the alphabet to pull up a list of all databases titles that start with that letter. Alternatively, you can select “View All” to access the full list of library databases within LibGuides.
By subject: This section allows you to find databases and research guides for your specific area of study. We are planning to completely rewrite these subject categories in the coming months, to better align them with the Bellevue University programs on offer. Stay tuned for more information.
By format: You can now access a list of databases by their format, including:
- Full Text Articles: This contains all databases for searching full-text, scholarly journal articles.
- eBooks: This contains all of our major eBook databases.
- Streaming Video: This contains links to all our video databases, including Kanopy, Alexander Street Press Videos, and Films on Demand.
- Statistics: This contains links to databases with statistics and demographics, such as Statista and Demographics Now.
- Image Searching: This contains databases specifically designed to search for images.
Recommended databases: This section contains general, curated databases that serve as an excellent starting place for library research. These databases include EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete, LexisNexis Academic Universe, and ProQuest.
The bottom of the page contains links to our other search tools if the databases are not what you are looking for. You can access our general “Find” page, as well as Discovery Search, individual journals by title, the library catalog, and the Bellevue University Digital Archives.
This is the first of many changes we will be implementing to the library website based off user testing and feedback from students, staff, and faculty. Our overall goal is to continue to improve the user experience, while better integrating our third-party tools such as LibGuides. Let us know what you think! You can leave us comments and suggestions for improving the website on our Library Comments page.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 20 No. 1, Winter 2016.