New BearCat Features Enhance Research, Save Time

April 7, 2010

BearCat, the online catalog system for the Baylor University Libraries, has been enhanced to provide new tools for students, faculty and others who use the Libraries for their education and research. The Baylor University Libraries continuously evaluate more efficient means for users to access library resources. These newly released BearCat features are designed to enhance the research experience and save patrons time.

  • Call Number Texting allows users to send a text message containing the call number of an item located using BearCat, saving the need to either retype or write the information to locate a resource in the libraries. Standard text charges apply when using this service.

  • OsoFast Faculty Delivery requests can be submitted from the bibliographic record page within BearCat. Faculty in participating departments can simply click the OsoFast Faculty Delivery button when it appears to submit an online request and the Baylor University Libraries will deliver the item to the department's delivery location.

  • More@Google appears on the bibliographic record page if the book is available in either full text or as a preview on Google Books. A function that once required you to exit BearCat and search Google Books is now available at the click of a button.

  • My Lists allows you to log into your patron record within BearCat and create a "wish list" of resources located in the Baylor University Libraries that you would like to read in the future.

  • Larger Book Jacket Images that appear on the BearCat bibliographic record page help to visually identify books, easing the research process.

  • Syndetic Solutions provides bibliographic data that appears on the bottom of the BearCat bibliographic record page to enhance the information about published resources. Additional information from Syndetic Solutions was previously available within BearCat by clicking a link, but now the information appears automatically if it is available for a particular resource.

Visit BearCat to test drive these new tools designed to assist you with your education and research.