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Results List Screen -- Text from the Report
NOTE: The Task Force did not devote time to assessing the intermediate results screen produced by a Browse search. It was thought that there are probably few (if any) options for displaying these structured results. A fuller review of this should be undertaken at some point to assess any options that may actually exist.
The next section of the Results List screen presents a brief record for each item found. This brief record provides the system’s mandatory Results List Number and selection box. An explanatory, textual link to “Display Full Record” follows. The user can view the full record by clicking the number or the textual link.
The brief title, author, publication information and format are then provided for each item as plain text. The Task Force feels providing any search redirect links (e.g. subject headings) at this level is confusing; those links should only be at the Full Record level.
NOTE: No lengthy discussion concerning precisely what fields should appear on the results list for all formats of material (book, serial, music, etc.) was felt to be necessary at this time. As implementation of the GUC nears, those decisions can be made and can be based on decisions already made for the separate OPACS that will have already been implemented.
There are several reasons a separate locations screen may be desirable in the union environment; 1) the list of locations could be quite lengthy and require quite a bit of screen space; 2) the display of all segments of a particular location could be quite long (e.g. “University of Florida Health Science Center Library Periodicals”) and may be able to be presented more effectively, 3) having locations on a separate screen might provide sorting opportunities that would not be available otherwise, and 4) if the location is an institution-specific URL, for example for a subscription journal, the URL could possibly be associated with the authorized location/user group. However, with so many unknowns, the Task Force felt it would be unproductive to speculate further on this issue at this time.