Fox Hunt underwent an upgrade this summer resulting in several enhancements. The Fox Hunt search still begins with a simple, Google-like search box on the Library homepage, but the results display is now divided into three columns. The enhancements are seen in the new right hand column. This new design saves the searcher time by displaying dynamic information about the document currently highlighted. By moving the cursor over one record after another, the searcher can read a series of summaries and abstracts without ever having to open a separate tab or document. In the case of a book, the table of contents and links to book reviews are also provided.
Also in the right hand column are buttons for citing and emailing. The Email button will send a link to the full text article. The Cite button allows the user to choose a citation format and then displays an easily copied citation that can be pasted into a document.
The limiters are still available in the left hand column. Searchers can limit results to peer reviewed content, to various format types, by discipline, and they can specify a publication date range with the date slider. The book/ebook format limiter has been enhanced. When it is checked additional limiters such as “author”, “genre”, “region”, and “time period” become available.
Fox Hunt now has a responsive design web architecture which means that it will adapt to all sizes of screens, from desktop to smartphone. The Search box now features predictive text. Midway down the search results page are links to possible related searches. Finally the searching algorithms were enhanced to present the most relevant documents at the top of the results display.