Thursday, December 16, 2010

Facelift for ProQuest Databases: New Look and Features

Sometime in January 2011, all our ProQuest online research databases (ProQuest Newspapers, Historical Newspapers, GenderWatch, and Ethnic NewsWatch) will get a new look and features. All the same great content will be there, but you'll find it easier to search for, locate, and manage the information. Also, you will discover greater functionality for downloading, printing, and sharing article results, creating reference lists, and narrowing or sorting results.

Other features include the ability to:

  • Set up your own user account with "My Research"
  • Create RSS feeds
  • Organize results and manage saved documents
  • Create content alerts to be sent to you via email
  • Assemble lists of results for sharing on your favorite social networking site

New ProQuest will be accessible through a new durable URL, http://search.proquest.com/. This means individual article URLs will change as well. You can try it out now if you're using a networked computer on-campus, by clicking the link above. (Off-campus and wireless access to the new interface will be available after final implementation in January.) Until the change-over, access on- and off-campus will continue to be provided through the old interface by going to the Online Research Databases page and selecting the database you want to search.

Once the change occurs, please check and update your links to these databases and articles on your webpages, syllabi, Blackboard sites, etc. Re-directs will be provided from the old pages to the new site for a limited period.

If you have any question, please contact Tamara Weintraub at tweintraub@palomar.edu after January 10.

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