Changes to Eight Centuries - v. 5.1, released January 2020
15 January 2020 by Paratext Editorial

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Over the last month, we have made some exciting new changes to 19th Century Masterfile—not least the introduction of a new name: Eight Centuries.

Additionally, we have we have added new source material to our already-extensive database, and streamlined the interface to make finding sources easier, faster, and more intuitive.

See below for a detailed list of the improvements made to 8C in the new year:


Name change: 19th Century Masterfile (NCM) is now Eight Centuries (8C)

  • New name reflects the ever-widening scope of product: 8C contains material dating from the 12th to 20th centuries.
  • Note: no change to URLs – this change will not affect existing links in LibGuides or OpenURL in any way.

New sources in 8C:

Changes to 8C interface to streamline user experience:

  • Pared down written info text in favor of intuitive design choices.
    • Added aria and label text where appropriate to maintain screen reader accessibility.
  • Added “About the Content” navigation tab to the results screen header.
  • Addressed formatting bugs on “Saved Items” screen.
  • Removed dedicated “Enhanced Search” synonym search button.
    • To perform a synonym search, select option from the “Search Type” dropdown.
  • Streamlined sorting options on results page:
    • Sorting option dropdown menus only appear when relevant.
    • Moved “Search Details” dropdown to more logical screen location.
  • Reformatted “Results by Source” screen to better utilize screen space:
    • Grid format allows more sources to be seen on one screen.
  • Changed 8C help text to reflect new changes.

Added new free-to-use sample Guides and Database Listings copy to the Library Tools page to reflect recent changes.

  • Three lengths provided, to use depending on the amount of space available in your research guides.


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