You may have already noticed the new tab on the law library’s online catalog labeled “CatalogPlus beta.” If you are wondering what this is, give it a try! Clicking on this tab will take you to a search page where you are given the option to search all libraries on campus and selected area libraries with a single search. (In the old catalog you had to perform separate searches for the law library and other campus libraries.)
CatalogPlus is a “next generation library catalog” offering a more user-friendly interface for searching, including easy options for narrowing your results (for example, you may choose to limit a results list by material type, publication date, availability, language, and more!). Additionally, it offers new features for storing and organizing materials such as the ability to tag items or save them to your “e-shelf.” You may also save your search queries and even create an alert for a saved query, which will re-run the query automatically and send you periodic updates on the results via e-mail. Another new feature in CatlogPlus is the integration of an option to search for your term through Google or Google Books to find additional resources without having to re-type your keywords.
CatalogPlus is the result of a collaboration between Kresge Law Library, Hesburgh Library, and other local academic libraries. Librarians at these institutions are happy to receive your feedback on how the CatalogPlus interface may be improved to best suit your needs. If you have any comments or suggestions, please use the “Feedback” form available through a link on the top right of the CatalogPlus page.