Monday, February 2, 2009

A Cool Tool

Lens allows users to search the University of Chicago library catalog and other sources simultaneously using Aquabrowser, a search engine developed by Medialab. Lens expands your search into other Library resources including electronic database information, e-journals list, archives and manuscripts finding aids, tables of contents, summaries, and the Library's website.

  • Enter your query in the text box
  • The central panel displays your search results, ranked by relevance
  • Click on a title to view a full record, including publication information, library locations, and availability
  • Advanced Search allows searching by title, author, or keyword


  • The left panel displays a constellation of related terms, spelling variations and translations of your search terms
  • Click on words in the word cloud to explore other terms in the catalog


  • The right panel displays terms found within the records of your results
  • Click on any term to focus and narrow your results

Give it a try
. It's great!

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