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ProQuest Platform Upgrade Coming Week of August 17, 2015

Just to keep everybody up to date.

Next week a new ProQuest database interface will be introduced. The basic access URLs to the databases will be unchanged, as well as the content. There will be some small changes to the searching capabilities in the new interface (see the ProQuest FAQ below).

Overview of the enhancements to the ProQuest interface

We’ve already streamlined access, making it easier for off-campus researchers to login and access ProQuest content. We’re now making more improvements. From a redesign of pages to improved mobile access, the upcoming changes to the ProQuest (search.proquest.com) interface will help researchers complete their tasks with new levels of success and productivity.

Why is the ProQuest interface being redesigned?

We are responding to feedback from users and librarians for a simpler, more productive workflow. The enhancements were driven by extensive user and librarian feedback, including direct engagement, testing, and in-depth analysis of usage patterns and behavior.

Further, the new design is more responsive and better supports the needs of users on tablets or mobile devices.

What will change in the ProQuest interface?

The enhancements were driven by extensive user and librarian feedback, including direct engagement, testing, and in-depth analysis of usage patterns and behavior. These enhancements can be organized through these three objectives:

Objective 1: Reduce complexity

  • To achieve this we are removing functionality which is rarely used and improving the layout and spacing of items. In addition, we are removing extra wording and updating the color scheme based on user centered design best practice.

Objective 2: User centered responsive design for a better reading experience

  • ProQuest is unifying the look and feel of its products around a set of common design elements, patterns and components. Researchers and librarians will benefit from a better user experience, designed specifically for the content or service they’re accessing no matter what device they might be using.

Objective 3: Document view

  • With users increasingly accessing library managed content from discovery services like Summon and Ex Libris Primo, or through free search engines like PubMed and Google Scholar, we know it's important to make the document view more intuitive. Thus, we've improved the readability of the page based on user centered design best practice, made the workflow navigation options easier to use, and made it easier for users to navigate full text options.

Has anything been removed?

Yes. We previously had a number of different search pages available. Based on low levels of use for some of these and conversations with customers and users, we have decided to remove the following: Obituaries, Look Up Citation, Find Similar, Data & Reports, Figures & Tables. The options available on those pages can be found within the Advanced search page. The basic search and Command Line search also remain.

Everything else is still available, but maybe just moved into a new location.

Is My Research still available?

It is and we have made no changes here.

You’ve removed some of the search pages - will my saved searches in My Research still work?

They will, but if you want to modify a previously saved search you might be taken to a different search page than the one you used originally. As an example, if you have saved a Data & Reports search, you will now be taken to the Advanced search page to make changes.

Will my search results remain the same as before?

We continue to add new content across our products but otherwise we’ve not made any changes to how searches are performed or the logic behind our searches.

Database outage for ProQuest and Chadwyck-Healey databases on Saturday, 08/10/15 from 10 pm and lasting until 10 am on Sunday, 08/09/15

On Saturday, August 8, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The system maintenance window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 PM American Eastern Standard Time and will last for eight (8) hours.

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:

ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list abelow
  --  Acta Sanctorum Database
  --  African-American Biographical Database
  --  African-American Poetry, 1760-1900
  --  American Periodicals Series Online
  --  American Poetry
  --  Annual Biography of English Language and Literature
  --  Archives USA
  --  Bibliography of American Literature
   --  Canadian Poetry
  --  Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker
  --  Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  --  Early English Prose Fiction, 1500-1700
  --  Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare
  --  Eighteenth-Century Fiction
  --  English Drama (1280-1915)
  --  English Poetry (600-1900), 2nd Edition
  --  Faber Poetry Library
  --  IInternational Index to Music Periodicals Full Text
  --  International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text
  --  Literature Online
  --  Modern Language Association (MLA)
  --  Music & Performing Arts Online
  --  Nineteenth-Century Fiction
  --  Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue
  --  Patrologia Latina Database
  --  Periodicals Archive Online
  --  Periodicals Index Online
  --  Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience
  --  Twentieth-Century African-American Poetry
  --  Twentieth-Century American Poetry
  --  Twentieth-Century Drama
  --  Twentieth-Century English Poetry
CultureGrams
eLibrary (all editions)
ProQuest Digital Microfilm
ProQuest Research Companion
SIRS (all editions) 
RefWorks
COS Funding Opportunities
Books in Print

PBS Video Collection expanded

The Library has established access to the PBS Video Collection, 2nd edition. This addition brings the total number of PBS productions available to WMU users to 555. 
 
The access can be accessed several ways:
1. via the University Libraries' website (http://www.wmich.edu/library) using:Library Search (Primo) 
 
2. Databases and Guides by Subject (LibGuides)
 
or 
 
 
Examples of Videos added as part of the 2nd edition are:
 
The Dust Bowl
Shakespeare Uncovered (six-part series)
The Secret Life of the Brain (series)
The African Americans (series)
JFK—American Experience (four-part series)
Art in the Twenty-First Century (five seasons)
The Roosevelts—An Intimate History
The Manners of Downton Abbey
Why Planes Vanish (NOVA)
The Central Park Five (Ken Burns)
The Trouble with Antibiotics
The Taking of Logan Marr & The Caseworker Files
The Fidel Castro Tapes
The Rise of ISIS
American Experience: Silicon Valley
Chasing Shackleton 
The Life of Muhammad 
League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis
Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power
Rise of the Black Pharaohs

Additional JSTOR databases added

Two additional JSTOR  journal collections (Business IV, Arts and Sciences XIV) are now available for WMU Users. These collections add an additional 84 electronic journals, bringing the number of JSTOR journals available to 3,108. "Library Search" has been updated to include these collections. Journals will also be included in VuFind in due course.

To see a list of all journal collections available to WMU users, see:

http://www.jstor.org/action/collectionsAvailable

 

Examples of journals added are:

Aboriginal History
Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform
Ãgypten und Levante / Egypt and the Levant
Annual Review of Economics
Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures
al-'Arabiyya
Archaeologia Austriaca
Asia Journal
Asian Perspectives
Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law .. and more

 

Times Digital Archive coverage has been extended from 1985 to 2008

Serveral days ago the Collection Development Committee approved the purchase of additional years of coverage for the Times Digital Archive. Previously the coverage had been 1785-1985, the coverage now has been extended and is now 1785-2008.

The Databases, A-Z entry has been updated, also the various subject guides now reflect the change in coverage. The entry in the Library catalog will be updated in due course.

Just Added to Films On Demand--the Award-Winning Eyes on the Prize Series

The 14 part PBS series "Eyes on the Prize" has just been added to Films on Demand. These are all 60 minutes videos made in 1994. Each part is available from its own URL. In addtion there is a playlist for the entire series at:

http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/portalsearch.aspx?pstid=53067

Direct URL's to the individual parts:
Awakenings 1954–1956: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58632

Fighting Back 1957–1962: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58633

Ain’t Scared of Your Jails 1960–1961: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58634

No Easy Walk 1961–1963: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58635

Mississippi—Is This America? 1963–1964: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58636

Bridge to Freedom 1965: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58637

The Time Has Come 1964–1966: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58638

Two Societies 1965–1968: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58639

Power! 1967–1968: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58640

The Promised Land 1967–1968: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58641

Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More 1964–1972: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58642

A Nation of Law? 1968–1971: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58643

The Keys to the Kingdom 1974–1980: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58644

Back to the Movement 1979–Mid 1980s: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
    http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6347&xtid=58645

Times Literary Supplement Digital archive coverage has been extended

Coverage has increased in the Times Literary Supplement Digital archive from 1902-2007 to 1902-2009. The LibGuides entry has been updated to reflect this. The VuFind record will be updated in due course.
 


NewsVault (which is an integrated search interface to the Times Digital Archive and the Times Literary Supplement Archive entry has also been updated to reflect this coverage change.

Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities upgraded

The University Libraries have upgraded our subscription to Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities to the complete package. We now have access to all sections withn this resource (see list below).. Access is through the same URL as we had previously used .

Business Directories 
  Accounting 
  Economics & Finance
  Management 
  Marketing 
Educational Directories 
  Educational Curriculum & Methods 
  Educational Psychology & Administration
  Educational Technology & Library Science 

Psychology 
  Psychology & Psychiatry 

Computer Science 
  Computer Science - Business Information Systems

Health Directories 
  Health Administration 
  Nursing 
  

Two addtional JSTOR journal collections available for WMU Users


Two addtional JSTOR  journal collections are now available for WMU Users. These collections add an additional 366 electronic journals, bringing the number of JSTOR journals available to 2,617. "Library Search" has been updated to include these collections. Journals will also be included in VuFind in due course.

To see a list of all journal collections available to WMU users, see:

http://www.jstor.org/action/collectionsAvailable

Several New Enhancements have been added to Engineering Village

Several New Enhancements have been added to Engineering Village

  • AutoSuggest - helps users find terms using the Ei Thesaurus.   Tutorial
  • New Download - Excel, CSV, PDF and RTF formats are now available.   Tutorial
  • Mendeley Web Importer - one click imports results to Mendeley.   Tutorial
  • What's New - provides a summary of the latest updates.   EngineeringVillage's Blog address

These and other video tutorials are on EngineeringVillage's YouTube channel.

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