|Summer 2019 - Library Services begins migration processes to a new system (This process is continual.)||3/10 - Library announces PASCAL Delivers suspended beginning 4/30|
|Fall 2019 - Library Services learn more about the new system||3/16/20 - Library Services move completely online & PASCAL Delivers service suspended for COVID19 pandemic|
|2/18/20 - Library announces new system coming this summer||3/23/20 - 3/27/20 - Drop in sessions for Bearcat Search preview scheduled (Postponed for a later date.)|
|3/3/20 - 3/6/20 - Library services participates in hands-on training with new system||6/1/20 - Library goes live with new system|
Here's what you need to know about login access to library resources.
To sign into Bearcat Search: Select Login using: CAS. You will be prompted to enter your MyLander user name and password. By signing in you are able to save searches, requests materials from other PASCAL institutions, and personalize your experience. To access the library's electronic resources (databases) you will need to create an OpenAthens account. Logging into both places allows you to search and access all of our resources (physical material records, databases, and ebooks) in one place.
Watch this extended video on how to use Bearcat Search. You are able to jump around to the different elements in the table of contents if you want. This video was produced by ExLibris so it refers to the search system as Primo.
Bearcat Search will bring us a discovery layer. Are you not sure what that is or what it even means? A library discovery layer allows you to search the library's physical and digital collections at the same time. The added bonus is you will also be able to access the PASCAL catalog from this simple search box.
The Bearcat Search encourages you to explore topics and materials related to your search results by simply browsing through the topic exploration trail that appears with your search results.
Topic Explorer: When you perform a search in Bearcat Search, the Topic Explorer pane opens on the right panel of the results screen, showing reference content and related topics. The topic explorer has over 50,000 topics associated with keywords found in actual search logs, and it creates a great jumping off point for you to explore a new topic.
Bearcat Search enables serendipitous discovery through data-driven services, including automated article recommendations, citation trails for each article, topic exploration, virtual browse, and more. Check out the short video to learn more about citation trails.
Virtual Browsing allows you to navigate stacks, as if you are exploring the physical bookshelves themselves, starting with one item of interest and browsing its vicinity.
Relevancy ranking is the process of sorting the document results so that those documents which are most likely to be relevant to your query are shown at the top. The new library system will use the following criteria for sorting your search results: the degree to which an item matches the query, a value score representing an item’s academic significance, an item’s relevance to the type of search, and the publication date (recentness) of an item.