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.

Highlights include:

  • 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.


2 thoughts on “Your new favorite way to search

  1. Thanks for your question. The easiest method would be to type in Judith Baer and hit search. When you get your search results back, click on the Author refinement on the left-hand side and select more specifically the author you are looking for.

    Including the author’s name in quotes to search as a phrase can really help when you are looking for authors (ex: “Judith Baer”). In this specific instance, you may get better results if you include her middle initial as well; most of the time Judith Baer is credited as Judith A. Baer.

  2. Attractive. I love all the browsing options. One suggestion of where more information might be needed: I tried doing a “more options” search on an author, but didn’t see guidance on how the author’s name should be formatted. If I want books by Judith Baer, which of the following should I enter:
    baer, judith
    judith baer
    baer judith

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