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Journals A-Z: Subject-indexing or discipline-indexing of titles

Librarians and faculty members alike would like the ability to search the Journals A-Z list by subject or discipline. This is available in SFX's A-Z/Journal Title Finder functionality, and would be highly useful in Primo as well. User Services and Teaching/IL Librarians would use it to create Subject Guides and other instructional materials, while Collections Librarians would use it to help in acquisitions decision-making. Faculty members would like to refer students to quick lists of discipline-specific resources, as well as use such lists for their own current awareness and professional development.

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    Dan MichniewiczDan Michniewicz shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →

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      • Janet Tate CrumJanet Tate Crum commented  · 

        This feature would be extremely valuable. We had it with Serials Solutions, and since we migrated to Alma/Primo, our users are complaining because this feature is gone. It seems like you could use LC and NLM classifications to allow users to browse journals by discipline.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        The controlled vocabulary of LC headings is a powerful tool for students and faculty alike.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I agree with all the comments below. Both librarians and faculty are dismayed that this very useful feature is no longer available. It is also a very helpful teaching tool for students so that they get a sense of the journals and scholarly conversation in their field of study. Browsing by subject (versus searching) is important, especially when users don't have a clue what to "search for" And for accreditation, having a journals by subject list is crucial. Please make this one of your top priorities.

      • Rhonda GilbraithRhonda Gilbraith commented  · 

        I strongly agree with the request to add a subject search to the other options. As a long-time SerialsSolutions/Intota customer, moving to Alma/Primo, I'm dismayed to find that there is no such functionality in the Alma A-Z list. We frequently point users--especially faculty--to this option, and use it frequently to supply information to accrediting bodies. I'd like to emphasize how important it is to have this searchability available on the public side. Some kind of internal Alma search would not be adequate.

      • Keren StilesKeren Stiles commented  · 

        I second Françiois's comment - Discipline-indexing for databases as well as journals would be helpful to our patrons. Being able to customise the list of disciplines to only show those covered by our collections, and to use the subject headings our patrons are familiar with would make it easier to use.

      • François RenavilleFrançois Renaville commented  · 

        An A-Z list for databases is also planned in a future Primo release. Discipline-indexing would be very practical to help our patrons discovering what databases the library has in their teaching and research fields.
        Additionally, the best was to achieve would certainly to give the customers the possibility to create and manage their own lists of disciplines (no default list that is the only list!). This customization flexibility would allow to exactly match the disciplines that libraries cover and would certainly be much appreciated by the Primo community!

      • Christine HolmesChristine Holmes commented  · 

        Regrettably, the current A-Z List in Primo is underdeveloped. I would love to see something along the lines of the ProQuest Serials Solutions Electronic Journals Index Portal. That is a powerful product with great features.

      • Rhonda RothRhonda Roth commented  · 

        Ditto to James Buczynski's comment. Can't stress the importance of this enough.

      • James BuczynskiJames Buczynski commented  · 

        The feature is needed to support academic accreditation activities. Without the feature, the work is brutally time consuming. Instead of simple browsing and copy and paste, hours and hours of searching is required followed by hours and hours of spreadsheet development and editing.

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