ProQuest Platform Enhancements

Earlier this month, during a scheduled downtime, ProQuest added the following functionality/enhancements to their interface based on customer input:

Open URL linking
We have successfully completed all items supporting the new platform’s linking functionality with multiple vendors, a matter that was often cited as being of critical importance to a wide variety of our customers.

Scholarly Journals limit
Default limits for all search pages are now ‘Full Text’ and ‘Peer Reviewed’ which replaces ‘Scholarly Journals’ on the search screens, including the basic search. This allows users to quickly access robust results from the onset. And, administrators can determine which combination of limits appear on the search screens via the ProQuest Administrator Module.

PDF enhancements
We have improved functionality by increasing the reading area, reducing the occurrences of scrollbars, and making it easier for users to utilize their preferred PDF readers.

Modern Languages Association (MLA) International Bibliography – now available
The MLA International Bibliography (Illumina platform version) has launched on the new platform and is user-ready for the majority of our customers as it successfully delivers proper search results and relevancy rankings. Additional 2011 work will provide further enhancements to support highly advanced users and their complex search queries. Scheduled work includes:

  • Some data in Authors Work look up lists
  • Formatting of editor roles in book chapter records
  • Some entries in subject headings (all)
  • Lateral searching on results terms which include diacritics
  • Data clean up in Country field of publication look up in the Directory of Periodicals
  • Annual publications in full record view are listed as appearing as published in January; scholars should be sure to check formatting of citation dates in publications appearing manually

Improvements with auto-complete
This is another area where your input has led us to make extensive improvements. When entering words in the search box, only words/phrases that have been spelled correctly appear as auto-complete suggestions. This is especially important to users who are conducting research in languages other than English or users with writing/reading difficulties.

Overall improved platform performance
We addressed a range of issues that impacted research using such products as ProQuest Historical Newspapers, MLA International Bibliography, ABI/INFORM and ERIC with substantial improvements overall.

New Report Format In Morningstar

From Morningstar:

We will be updating the format of our stock and fund reports in the next few weeks.  You and your patrons will be able to toggle from the old to new version until September.  This will help make the learning curve and transition an easy one.  The new format expands the data points offered, gives new visualizations to complex data points, making them easier to understand and read, and provides new tools for charting and comparing holdings.

Our regularly scheduled monthly training session will be held on Thursday, July 7th at 11am Central Time.  We will focus on the new database pages during that session.  If you or your patrons would like to pre-register, please email

A reference question in disguise?

When you’re verifying a RINC, do you ever see the phrase “or anything else by this author?”  That’s a signal it might not be just a request for that item, but a request for information.   The customer might need some assistance and you can provide that assistance through a reference interview.

Please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call the customer to probe for more information or to clarify the question.  It’s possible that the customer really does want the item that he/she requested, but anytime that we can meet the customer’s need with our existing collection is great!

If you do contact the customer and the RINC will still be sent through, please make a note on the RINC about what you did so that the selectors know that contact has been made.

Not One But TWO New DIY Resources

As of today, we now have access to two new DIY electronic resource collections from EBSCO, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center and Home Improvement Reference Center:

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

How-to instructions and ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby-enthusiast. Includes arts & crafts; collecting; games & electronics; model building; home & leisure; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & papercraft. Videos, hobby reports, and magazine articles.
Tutorial links:
Home Improvement Reference Center

How-to instructions in the areas of outdoor projects, electrical projects, remodeling projects, plumbing projects, wood projects, decorating projects and maintenance. Videos, books, and magazines articles.

Support links:

Take a look at the publication/title lists within each of these databases and you will find unique periodical (magazine) content that we’ve never had access to before.  Not only is the interface very user friendly, but we can now offer online some of what we no longer have available in print!  Please let me know if you have any questions (x7160 or comment here)!

ProQuest June Webinar: Advanced Searching

Advanced Searching: Beyond the Single Search Box

The new ProQuest platform brings you the best search experience possible, including advanced search options to help you locate relevant content quickly. Join an online session with one of our trainers to learn how to use the advanced search features and functionality in the new ProQuest platform. We will also try to answer any questions and show you how to access support, including tutorials, help pages and documentation. The session is scheduled for 45 minutes to cover:

  • Advanced Search, Command Line, Look Up Citation and Find Similar search forms
  • Using ProQuest Smart Search to identify relevant subject terms
  • Using the Thesaurus to locate appropriate subject terms
  • Learn how to format a search using field codes, proximity operators and special characters
  • Create a marked list and view selected items
  • Questions?

SUGGESTED: Prior viewing of the Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform webinar or familiarity with the new ProQuest platform basic search features.

And here is the full line-up available:


Free Gale Webinars in June (note Time Zone)

Summer Reading Activities

NEW! This special series of webinars are designed to help you incorporate Gale electronic resources into your summer reading program. The resources and activities covered will make reading (and research!) fun and engaging, while encouraging appreciation and use of your library and its resources.


Supporting Summer Reading & Book Clubs

June 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

June 10, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

June 22, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

June 28, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)


Reader’s Advisory

June 7, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

June 23, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)


Creating Games & Other Activities using Gale Resources

June 14, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

June 30, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)


Biography in Context

Replacing Biography Resource Center, Gale Biography in Context represents a fundamental shift in Gale’s approach to product development. Discover everything that’s different and better than ever and learn how to navigate this engaging new resource for historical and current biographical research.

June 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

June 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

June 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is an online resource of electronic encyclopedias and specialized reference sources — known as eBooks — used for multidisciplinary research. These eBooks provide access to reference materials that had previously been available only in the library. You’ll learn how to conduct basic and advanced searches, how to use the document toolbox and how this easy-to-use tool can help users get the most out of eBooks.

June 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

June 21, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

History in Context

Now an even more dynamic resource — with a new interface and enhanced functionality — Gale History in Context, formerly History Resource Center, is designed to meet the historical research needs of library users at every level of learning. Attend this training session and learn how to review the general content, construct and employ different search strategies and how to differentiate between basic, person, subject, chronological and advanced search options.

June 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Replacing Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context represents a fundamental shift in Gale’s approach to product development. Discover everything that’s different and better than ever and learn how to navigate this engaging new resource’ that gives you the facts on the latest current event topics, as well as the proponent’s and detractor’s arguments.

June 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

June 15, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

June 29, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

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