The Johns Hopkins University Libraries are proud to announce the arrival of Catalyst, a new interface for the JHU catalog, designed to make searching simpler and smarter.
- Simplicity: A clean, uncluttered first screen with a simple keyword search box that searches all fields (title, author, subject, call numbers, etc).
- Relevance-ranked results: Your search results are returned with the most relevant items at the top of the list. Or sort by year (newest to oldest), author, or title.
- Intuitive searching: Refine your search using suggested limits that ensure accuracy without requiring knowledge of the Library of Congress subject headings. Search results screens show you the terms you used to get to that result and allow you to easily remove specific criteria.
- Date slider: Refine results to a particular span of years with the date slider feature.
- Ebook access: Electronic books and other non-print materials are much easier to find in Catalyst.
- Account management: Renew materials, request materials, update personal information, access saved searches, or add titles to a “bookmarked” list.
- Cite this: Get citation suggestions in MLA or APA style for your results.
- Text/e-mail options: Email or text book information so you can find your book in the stacks or have it in your saved texts/emails for later use.
Catalyst is an open source project and was developed at Johns Hopkins by programmers and librarians from across the university and in collaboration with several other major research libraries. Please try it out and let us know what you think.