Aberdeen University may have a smart new Library, but someone at the university website should sort out their institutional search engine.
Try searching it for many things, for example ‘internet resources’, and clicking on the links currently gives many 404s.
… format available over the World Wide Web (WWW) via the Internet. … directory of directories of agricultural related Internet resources; AgCal, …
Same results, currently, for various other library pages:
30 Mar 2010 … BUBL Link Catalogue of Internet Resources. Very comprehensive gateway covering many subject areas. Separate pages on Christianity, Islam, …
28 Sep 2007 … Not exhaustive, but a fairly comprehensive survey of sources. … access to evaluated, quality Internet resources in the health and life sciences. …
23 Sep 2010 … UK Intellectual Property on the Internet http://www.ipo.gov.uk/home.htm. This government-backed site offers links to IP resources and a useful …
I was hoping to look at their library Primo search, but all I get is a connection timed out:
As the Aberdeen University Library Catalogue doesn’t state what it is actually searching, I tried reading the Guide to Library Catalogue, but this doesn’t seem to state what is included in the Catalogue. The Manuscripts & Archives Catalogue, on the other hand, clearly states what it is searching.
Bath was the Sunday Times University of the Year, but their Library Catalogue doesn’t indicate what it is searching either. Click on the ‘About’ link, and you get general information about the Library. At least, on the Catalogues page it explains things.
Is it always obvious what a university library catalogue is going to search? Books, ebooks, journals, full text of journals, full text of ebooks, manuscripts, special collections, theses, dissertations – it can vary, so why not state on catalogue home pages what’s included and what isn’t?