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Using RCO

The Research Collections Online (RCO) service displays information in pages which have a standard layout. You will see the following displayed on every page, from top to bottom:

Page header

The area at the top of the page displays the RCO service logo.

Related services

At the top-right of the page are links to services related to RCO.

CAIRNS is the Co-operative Information Retrieval Network for Scotland. CAIRNS is a one-stop-shop for searching library catalogues.

SCONE is the Scottish Collections Network. SCONE gives collection-level descriptions for many collections located in, and about, Scotland.

SDDL is the Scottish Distributed Digital Library. SDDL allows you to access collections of digital images, electronic texts, etc.

SLIR is Scottish Libray and Information Resources Online. SLIR gives personal and organizational contact details for nearly every library located in Scotland.

Note that these links create new browser windows in the same way as the Help button, and we advise closing them as soon as you have finished using them, to avoid screen clutter.

Service information

Below the banner are links to information about the RCO service.

About

Click on this link to display a separate page displaying general information about the RCO service.

Using RCO

Click on this link to display a separate page (this page!) displaying information about using the RCO service and how to get the best out of it.

Glossary

Click on this link to display a separate page displaying acronyms and "jargon words" with an explanation of what they mean.

Disclaimer

Click on this link to display a statement refusing liability for any consequences of using the RCO service.

Note that these links create new browser windows in the same way as the Help button, and we advise closing them as soon as you have finished using them, to avoid screen clutter.

Navigation bar

Below the service information is a navigation bar, containing links for instant access to specific searches.

Home

Click on this link to go to the RCO homepage and main menu.

Collections

Click on this link to select a collection.

Subjects

Click on this link to browse and select a subject

Thesaurus

Click on this link to browse the subject thesaurus.

Help

Click on this link to go to help in using the page.

All Help pages are displayed in new, separate browser windows so you can view the help information and the RCO page at the same time.

You may have to close these new windows to reduce screen clutter. If you are using a full-screen browser window, you may not notice that new windows are being created. We suggest that you close Help windows as soon as you have finished using them, or minimise them if you need them for instant reference.

Page title

The page title describes the function of the page.

Main display

The area below the title bar is used to display information specific to the function of the page. This may include search input forms, display of search results, and display of information about specific collections.

Buttons which may appear in this part of the page include:

Go This button appears on search and selection pages. Click on this button to display the results of a search or selection.

Clear This button often appears on pages where you are prompted to enter information, such as a search term. Click on this button to erase the contents of the entry boxes so that you can start again from scratch.

Page trailer

The area at the very bottom of the page.

© SLIC/CDLR: Copyright of the page layout belongs to the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and the Centre for Digital Library Research (CDLR). Copyright of collection descriptions is held by the contributing organizations and individuals.

Design and layout last updated: The date that the layout and functions of the page were last changed. Information about RCO collections is updated from time to time, and the page always displays the latest available information about a collection. The date does not therefore indicate how up-to-date is the information about a collection.