November ProQuest Trainings

In addition to the live trainings provided to Sno-Isle Libraries staff only next week (, please check out these other opportunities during the month of November…

  • Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform: recorded, live: November 1, November 2, November 15, and November 29 Learn how users can search, find, use, and share their research in exciting ways. We will also answer questions and show you how to access support, including tutorials, help pages and documentation.
  • Advanced Searching: Beyond the Single Search Box: recorded, live: November 10 and November 22 . This session covers:
    • Advanced Search, Command Line, Look Up Citation, and Find Similar search forms
    • Identifying relevant subject terms with ProQuest Smart Search
    • Locating appropriate subject terms using the Thesaurus
    • Formatting a search using field codes, proximity operators and special characters
    • Creating a marked list and viewing selected items
    • Support and tutorials
    • Questions

    RECOMMENDED: Familiarity with the new ProQuest platform basic search features or prior viewing of the Introduction to the New ProQuest Platformsession.

  • My Research: recorded, live: November 1, November 3, November 4, and November 17 See how the powerful My Research tool—now on the new ProQuest platform—allows users to create a profile within their institutional account to save and organize search strategies and references, create and save RSS feeds, email alerts, tags, and shared lists.

EBSCOhost Updates Coming Soon

Near the end of October, EBSCO’s widely-used EBSCOhost interface will include several new and exciting features to enhance users’ search experiences.  Among them:

Other Formats and Editions – FRBR-like treatment of catalog, eBooks on EBSCOhost and Audiobooks on EBSCOhost detail records.  Users will be able to see what other copies, editions and formats of a title the library has in their collection.

Enhanced H.W. Wilson Records – Many H.W. Wilson databases will be available on EBSCOhost in November 2011.  WilsonWeb features such as enhanced indexing from HWW’s multiple subject thesauri, book record inclusion, product-specific fields and filtering options, and links between books, book parts and book reviews have been added to EBSCOhost.

Real Time News –  Access to real time updates to subscribers in Business Source Corporate Plus, Newspaper Source Plus and EBSCO Discovery Service from Associated Press (AP) and WebNews related to your search, available on the righthand side of the screen under the Associated Press and Related News sections, and updated every fifteen minutes.

Citation Format Updates – Several improvements are being made to the APA and MLA citation formats. 

New User Interface Languages – Farsi/Persian, Norwegian and Danish will be added to the long list of languages into which users can translate UI screens in EBSCOhost.

Android App Update  – The free app for Android devices will allow users to search premium EBSCOhost database content.  The convenience and rich functionality of the app will let users:

  • Choose which databases to search
  • Limit results to full text or peer reviewed
  • Search a library’s catalog
  • Sort by relevance or date
  • Retrieve full text results in HTML and/or PDF formats
  • Save results for offline access at a later date
  • Email results to self or others
  • Automatically save the 25 most recent searches
  • Cover flow display of results

The Android app download link will be available at the bottom of EBSCOhost screens.

NoveList Enhancements – Users will have access to reader ratings and book reviews from Goodreads in NoveList.  We will also add read-alike links to the Results page so that it wil be easier to find all of the great title, author and series read-alikes in NoveList.

Codes update

Over the weekend I  learned that the Governor has extended her moratorium on non-critical rule making through the end of 2012.  By then, the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code will be nearing its publication.  Therefore, this has essentially ended all chances of the 2011 NEC ever being adopted in Washington State.  Individual cities will still make their own decisions on whether to adopt 2011 or wait for 2014.  Similarly, the other codes (plumbing, residential, etc.) are also in limbo.  This has some pretty serious implications for our cities and counties, because codes are built on previous editions and if they haven’t adopted the new code this year and do adopt the code in the future, getting from point A to point B will be complicated.

What does this mean for us?

We will try to stay current with our cities and counties, but as most of them have moved to the July 1 adoption dates from the State Building Code Council, it’s safe to say that the things won’t be changing in the near future for any of our cities and counties.  Sno-Isle Libraries reference collection will continue to reflect the current codes of each community.  Since the electrical code group was the first to notify us, that’s the one that I have the most information about right now.  Although we currently have the 2011 NEC in our four reference centers (LYN, MAR, OAK, SNO), we will also continue to keep the 2008 NEC in the 12 libraries that currently own a copy in reference (ARL, COU, DAR, LNG, LYN, MAR, MON, MTL, MUK, OAK, SNO,STA) since it is currently the code of record.

Stay tuned, I’m sure this is going to be a subject to which we will return (over and over!).  Please share the above information with your staff and feel free to contact me with any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.

search tips

At the recent OAK reference meeting we talked about several search tips, particularly as related to searching in google.  Be sure to also see google’s articles on other tips. 

Here are some things we like to use:

–Find a full-text magazine article by searching the article title with “PDF” at the end of the query

–You can narrow google search results by “date” on the left side

–You can sort google “images” by subject

–You can search magazines in google books!

–You can upload an image in google images to find “visually similar images”

Add others by leaving a comment on this post.


Top Ten GVRL in September

  1. Test and Assess Your IQ: Numerical, Verbal, and Spatial Aptitude Tests 2008
  2. Geography of the World, Rev. and Updated ed. 2006
  3. Business Plans Handbook, vol. 21
  4. The Student’s Guide to Financial Literacy 2010
  5. Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion 2010
  6. Foods of Spain 2008
  7. Practical Financial Management: A Guide to Budgets, Balance Sheets and Business Finance e7 2008
  8. Religions, 1st American ed 2008
  9. The Writers Directory 2012, 27th ed., vol. 1
  10. New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., vol. 1

ProQuest Interactive Webinars for SIL Staff

Our regional ProQuest trainer, Karen Hinton, has set up a week of trainings just for Sno-Isle Libraries staff.   The Reference Services Committee coordinated the best topics and times to offer trainings to your staff in your buildings.  We hope that you can set aside a workstation and some time for your staff that interact with our customers and ProQuest products to attend.  Registration is required for all trainings.

 The list of dates, time, topics, & registration links are available through WebEx:

Thank you for participating!