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The new ProQuest basic search page looks a bit different – but it’s more than just a pretty user-interface

When we set out to redesign the page, we worked from the inside out – we studied search behavior and evaluated feedback from our users.

The interface launched July 26, and it's designed to help users intuitively connect to meaningful content and understand the context and scope of the information they search. Here is what you’ll find the next time you search:

Source type limiters – we’ve added limiters above the basic search box. This helps users refine their results to the top three or four most meaningful content types (the order was determined by usage analytics and qualitative user feedback). Additional source types are available under a “more” menu.
“You are searching…” orientation – which databases are helpful? What information is being searched? We’ve added a statement to our basic search page to help researchers better use our resources.
On-the-spot search tips – thoughtfully placed help panels provide search guidance to those who need it. To make room for the panels, we removed subject group links (but they can still be accessed via the “databases” page).

We hope you like the changes we’ve made! Here are a few training and support tools to help you get up to speed on these updates:

A detailed overview of changes
Basic search training video
ProQuest platform LibGuide
ProQuest technical support

01 Aug 2018

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