Help and tutorial
The rotating hint bar at the base of the front page provides the user with useful information on the portal and gives them hints on how to effectively use its functionalities. A link to the BHL-Europe tutorial is also prominently displayed in the navigation menu on each page of the portal. The tutorials are text blocks explaining the functions on specific pages, and every portal page has its own tutorial.
The front page tutorial also includes a links to the video tutorials, where several use cases are demonstrated to help show users how to effectively get the best from using the portal.
Tutorial links are here:
2.- Advanced search
3.- Content viewer
The simple search function lets the user search within the most used search categories: title, author, year (date of publication) and scientific name. The portal default setting automatically checks the first three of these search categories, and the user needs to check the scientific name search category if they wish to search using that function. All the user needs to do is type in their search term. Several web services are integrated in the simple search: these include autocomplete search, fuzzy search and taxon finder for a scientific name query. In addition to this simple search, an advanced search option is also available, with a direct link to it from the simple search section.
Creating your account you will get additional portal option as a save your search query.
This carousel demonstrates some content highlights, randomly generated from the content highlight archive whenever one visits the page. Clicking on one of the books in the carousel will lead the visitor to its bibliographic page.
Social media bar
Social media bar displays the latest 3 posts on the BHL-E blog, Twitter and Facebook. This way, users get a direct view of what we’ve been up to – and can easily click through to subscribe, like or follow. Users can also subscribe to the BHL-Europe RSS-feed to keep up to date.
The front page has a slightly different template and wireframe for navigation from the other pages in the portal, but all the other portal pages maintain a uniform for navigation. Under the top banner with the logo and primary menu there is a Navigation menu in the center. This menu includes 3 links: Search (which is the advanced search), Browse and Tutorial. The tutorial link is for the specific page tutorial. This menu could be expanded or collapsed clicking on the three dots at his bottom.