Monday, March 30, 2009

ASCBC Travel Blog

ASCBC Travel Blog: UK Bridgwater Research Trip

Thursday, March 26, 2009


March 25 ….7:30am – 3:30pm
March 26 …7:30am – 12:30pm
March 29 ….7:30am – 3:30pm
March 30 ….7:30am – 3:30pm
March 31 ….7:30am – 3:30pm
April 1………7:30am – 3:30pm
April 2……..7:30am – 12:30pm

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer - ceased publication

Tuesday 3/17/2009 is the last print issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. It is not clear at this point whether the new digital-only PI will continue to be included in ProQuest.

Beginning Wednesday 3/18/2009 the library will instead receive the daily Seattle Times in print. This is a direct substitution from the vendor; the library will evaluate this when the subscription comes due. The Seattle Times is no longer indexed by ProQuest and all full text was removed.

Monday, March 16, 2009

ProQuest Content Update

The State Library has provided the latest ProQuest content update. There are 8 publications which have ceased and 6 name changes. They have lost full text rights for 10 publications, including Hispanic (we retain coverage in EBSCOhost) and New York.

66 new titles include Religious Studies and the Journal of Latin American Studies, both from Cambridge UP with 1 year full text delay.

Friday, March 6, 2009

New Database - ArchiveGrid

As part of our OCLC FirstSearch subscription (for no additional cost): ArchiveGrid "is an important destination for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world." An index to nearly a million collection descriptions from thousands of museums, historical societies, libraries and other archives. Researchers identifying potentially useful items may contact the holding institution to determine how/whether they can gain access.

New Database - ProQuest eLibrary

Part of our Washington State Library ProQuest database package, eLibrary includes "more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and [TV and radio] transcripts..." The database is further broadened with multimedia content. Another unique feature is the ability to limit or sort results by reading level. Visit ProQuest's website for more information about Elibrary, including a 3 minute flash video tour of the forthcoming (July 2009) version.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Close a pop up window safely

The safest way to close any potientially dangerous pop up window is by pressing the key combination “Alt” and the “F4” together. --per BD at CBC Information Services

Monday, March 2, 2009

ProQuest Search Options for locating Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

ProQuest includes two search options that would seem useful in limiting to peer-reviewed journal articles, but unfortunately remove many relevant articles.

The first is 'Document Feature - References.' This is a relatively new feature and many older articles do not include it. At some point in the future it may become useful, as ProQuest is undertaking a project to revise older holdings.

The second is 'document type.' ProQuest databases refer to the same type of article in a variety of ways, and since we search multiple databases at once it is difficult to form a comprehensive search that addresses all of the ways in which peer-reviewed journal articles are 'typed' across them.

At this point it is advised to use the 'Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed' limiter only.