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Where's Quest?

The new version of Holmes has replaced the legacy Boston College Libraries catalog named Quest. This new version (which is built on the Ex Libris software Primo) is designed to take advantage of a brand new web-based back-end system called Alma. Sometimes referred to as “cloud computing”, this change allows the BC Libraries systems to operate entirely on the web, which offers numerous current and future benefits to the services we offer.

The new version of Holmes, the front-end of this system, also offers some new features for the users of Boston College Libraries. These include:

  • Relevance Ranking -- Rather than the old Quest sorting of results by date, the default results are ranked by a search engine-like weighted relevancy (Holmes also offers the option of sorting by date)
  • Facets (or filters) -- Refine your results by adding dynamic limiters that allow you to pare down a list of items to the ones you want
  • Article Searching -- The second tab of Holmes offers article-level searching across many thousands of journals (note that not all BC Libraries holdings are represented here)

Holmes joins a suite of search tools available through the BC Libraries. For more explanation of why and when to use each tool, see Searching Options.

The new Holmes is a work in progress and will continue to be revised and improved, especially based on the feedback of the Boston College community (simplicity of updates and improvements is another benefit of cloud computing). We welcome and appreciate your comments and feedback as we continue to improve this new system for you.

Please send thoughts and suggestions, as well as any questions about the new system to: