We've recently hired an acquisitions librarian away from St. Cloud State University. She's told us about a very nice undergraduate portal for research they had at the last library she worked in.
I love the clean look and compact design and they have a good ear for names.
Find Full Text is their SFX journal/article locator service in a nice interface
Research QuickStart goes to something like our subject guides (again, better name)
Top of the screen is a search box (uses X server?) that chooses some general purpose databases limiting to
- books & articles
- books only
- articles only
I'm really happy that these guys use SFX. I want to pick their brains at the upcoming SMUG (or whatever they call it now) mtg.
They also have a nice way of handling metasearching -- I love the link entitled 'what am I searching?'