ProQuest Social Sciences Database subscriptions added

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added six new ProQuest Social Sciences Databases to its collection of online database subscriptions.

New Database Titles

Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)  is an indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. It contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.

Criminal Justice Periodicals  includes correctional and law enforcement trade publications, crime reports, crime blogs and other material relevant. The database includes abstract and indexing for 250 titles, with more than 100 available in full-text.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951.  Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

PAIS International contains continually updated records for over half a million journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more from over 120 countries throughout the world.

PAIS Archive is a retrospective conversion of the PAIS Annual Cumulated Bulletin, volumes 1-62, published 1915-1976. PAIS Archive contains over 1.23 million records and covers monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics. PAIS Archive provides a unique perspective on the 20th century’s most important public and social policies, such as Prohibition, suffrage, pacifism, civil rights, McCarthyism, Vietnam War, and Watergate.

Social Sciences Journals includes over 570 titles, with more than 340 available in full text. Subject coverage includes Anthropology, Communication science, Demography, Economics, Education, Political science, Policy studies, Psychology, Social work, and Sociology.

Access to these titles is available from the the Library’s home page alphabet index ( or from various database subject pages (

Entrepreneurship Database from ProQuest now available

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added ProQuest’s Entrepreneurship database as a new annual subscription database. ProQuest Entrepreneurship offers a multitude of resources for the budding new business startup — from full text articles from top publications to videos, market research, business plans, tool kits, and much, much more.

Also featured within ProQuest Entrepreneurship is full access to the complete Hoover’s Company Profile data.

Included in the Entrepreneurship database is the following content:

  • Video Clips: Featuring over 11,000 video clips – many of which contain transcripts for convenient reference and can be downloaded – watch and listen to entrepreneurs give firsthand accounts of their business experiences.
  • Market Research:  This valuable content contains market and company reports, key financial ratios, demographics, insights, benchmarks, statistics and more.
  • Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms: give users an A to Z approach to entrepreneurship as steps are laid out from concept through management. These tools and can also serve as a checklist of items needed to secure financing.
  • Journal Content: Over 300 top publications relating to the practice of entrepreneurship are provided in the form of full journal runs plus selected articles with a weekly refresh from over 11,000 sources.
  • Business Cases: Structured plans outlining the feasibility of ideas.
  • Working Papers: Future articles which may appear in publications months or years down the road.
  • Conference Proceedings: These events reflect the latest in scholarly research spanning all topics.
  • Full Text Dissertations: Serve as a springboard for new research and ideas on which to build.

Access to this database and other business resources are available on the Library’s Business Database Subject webpage. Links are also available from the index alphabet list on the website’s home page.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Trial

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Trial access to the “House of Commons Parliamentary Papers” (HCPP), provided by ProQuest, is available in its entirety from February 6 to March 31, 2012.

HCPP provides access to over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. Access is available to the following collections:

  • 18th century (1688-1834)
  • 19th century (1801-1900)
  • 20th century (1901-2003/04 session)
  • 21st century module 1 (2004/05 – 2009/10 sessions)
  • 21st century module 2 (2010/12 session)
  • Hansard (1803-2005)

As the working documents of government, the parliamentary papers encompass all areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, showing how issues were explored and legislation was formed. Many contributors to the papers were found outside the official world, providing evidence or supplying memoranda to committees and commissions. The labours and concerns of Matthew Arnold, John Stuart Mill, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Edwin Chadwick, Marconi, Keynes and Beveridge are recorded in these pages, alongside thousands of others. The evidence gathered by numerous Committees and Royal Commissions influenced public opinion and social and political philosophies as disparate as those of Marx, Dickens and Disraeli.

The origins of HCPP online lie in the Chadwyck-Healey microfiche edition of the nineteenth century House of Commons Sessional Papers. Published between 1980 and 1983, the microfiche edition includes filmed images of 77,671 papers, covering nearly 4.2 million pages along with an accompanying 5 volume index. Microfiche for the twentieth century (107,965 papers, over 5.2 million pages) was subsequently produced. Scanning continues, taking coverage right up to the latest parliamentary session. These scans have also been converted into digital format, and are presented in HCPP alongside index records. These indexes have been overlaid with broad subject categories based on the 19th centurySubject Catalogue, updated for more recent material.

HCPP now incorporates The Eighteenth Century Parliamentary Papers Collection from BOPCRIS. This collection features publications published officially by the House of Commons or the House of Lords from 1688 to 1834, including sessional papers and other material such as Journals and Private Acts. In addition, HCPP also now includes the full text from Hansard, the Official Report of debates in Parliament, from both the House of Commons and House of Lords, from 1803 to 2005.

ProQuest Business and Social Science Databases trial

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ProQuest has provided trial access to the following databases through December 6, 2011:

Banking Information Source
ProQuest Banking Information Source combines the currency of the Internet and the perspective of industry journals to provide over 640 authoritative sources of information from Industry and professional newsletters, School of BankMarketing Papers, and Stonier Theses. In addition articles from 470 full-text leading international journals are included.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
This database includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books are included each year. Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

ProQuest Entrepreneurship
ProQuest Entrepreneurship is designed to arm entrepreneurs with vital resources to develop and research their ideas while providing valuable insight to help progress and grow their product or service. It combines unusual collection of content types:

  • over 11,000 Video Clips of entrepreneurs giving firsthand accounts of their business experiences
  • nearly 400 business plans drawn from the well known University of Texas at Austin Venture Labs Investment Competition (formerly Moot Corp)
  • thousands of market research documents
  • Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms
  • Business Cases
  • Over 48,000 premium company profiles from Hoovers

Access to these trials is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

ProQuest offers new YouTube training videos

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ProQuest is one of three major vendors of academic online databases. UML Libraries subscribes to over a dozen ProQuest databases that provide students and researchers with some of the broadest base of high quality research data in the sciences, social sciences, business, and humanities.

Now with the new ProQuest series of YouTube videos, users can quick and easily familiarize the use of the ProQuest platform. Anyone can view any of the recorded sessions below:

  • Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform: recorded, live: October 4 and October 20
    Learn how users search, find, use, and share research in exciting ways.
  • K-12 Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform:
    recorded, live: October 4, October 18, October 20, and October 24

  • Advanced Searching: Beyond the Single Search Box:
    recorded, live: October 11 and October 12, and October 24
    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 Platform session.

  • My Research: recorded, live: October 5, October 18, and October 21
    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.
  • My Research & RefWorks: Perfect Together recorded, live: October 5, October 14, and October 27
    This session covers:

    • Using My Research and RefWorks together
    • Managing folders
    • Simplifying direct exports from ProQuest
    • Syncing RefWorks with My Research
    • Support and tutorials
    • Questions

OPTIONAL: Familiarity with the new ProQuest platform or prior viewing of the My Research session.

ProQuest Polymer Science Collection available for trial

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ProQuest has provided UMass Lowell with trial access to its new Polymer Science Collection database for one-month trial period running from April 19 – May 19, 2011.

The ProQuest Polymer Science Collection combines several ProQuest databases and services:  Polymer Library (formerly Rapra), ProQuest’s new Deep Indexing service, and ProQuest’s new Polymer Science Journals.

UMass Lowell continues to subscribe to the Polymer Library database along with  Advanced Polymer Abstracts both still accessible on the CSA platform. However, ProQuest, which owns CSA, is discontinuing Advanced Polymer Abstracts soon and is offering the Polymer Science Collection as a replacement. This new product is available on the new ProQuest web platform that combines all of the ProQuest databases with CSA databases, so all of ProQuest’s holdings will be accessible in the same online format. Along with this platform change, ProQuest is also introducing several new database products and services, such as several science collections and Deep Indexing.

ProQuest’s new “Deep indexing” service categorizes data, variables and other content represented in tables, maps, graphs, photographs and other figures. It allows users to search and retrieve information from these resources typically embedded in scholarly publications. Applicable journal article records are enhanced with thumbnails showing the tables and figures contained with that article.

The Polymer Science Journals collection combines full text from 275 journals, with 207 of those available to the current issue. 75 journals in total are rated as scholarly peer reviewed, with 35 of those available to the current issue. The remaining 200 journals are primarily trade publications, reports, and magazines. View title list.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

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Trial Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970: available until March 6, 2011

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ProQuest is making available access to the Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, for a free trial period available from Jan. 30 – Mar. 6, 2011.

The Sanborn Maps consist of more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections.

Sanborn fire insurance maps are valuable historical tools due to their large-scale plans containing data that includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Seven or eight different editions represent some areas.

Textual information on construction details (for example, steel beams or reinforced walls) is often given on the plans while shading indicates different building materials. Extensive information on building use is given, ranging from symbols for generic terms such as stable, garage, and warehouse to names of owners of factories and details on what was manufactured in them. In the case of large factories or commercial buildings, even individual rooms and the uses to which they were put are recorded on the maps. Other features shown include pipelines, railroads, wells, dumps, and heavy machinery.

Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years.

Digital Sanborn Maps was created from ProQuest’s microfilm collection of 660,000 Sanborn Maps, which were filmed from the Library of Congress’ collection.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

ProQuest trial for EconLit — Oct-Nov, 2010

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ProQuest is providing trial access through November, 2010, to their EconLit database.

EconLit, published by the American Economic Association, provides bibliographic coverage that indexes economics-related journals, books, and dissertations. An expanded version of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), EconLit covers both economic theory and application. The literature covered is of interest to researchers, academics, product managers, advertisers, product development specialists, and public policy professionals.

In total, EconLit contains nearly one million records with coverage from 1969 to current. Over 80% of all current records within EconLit include abstracts. Also included are full-text of book reviews published in the Journal of Economic Literature since 1993.  In addition, links to full-text of some 40,000 working papers in economics are also provided.

For information about more trials and new online resources, please visit the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page.

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ProQuest trial for PQ Central — Oct-Nov, 2010

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ProQuest has provided trial access to their ProQuest Central aggregated database suite until November 30, 2010.

ProQuest Central provides one centralized convenient access point to 46 ProQuest databases that combined contain more than 14,000 journal titles — with over 11,000 titles in full-text — covering over
160 Academic subject areas.

Besides full text articles, it also provides access to over 880 full-text U.S., Canadian and international newspapers including exclusive access to the full text of The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. Also included are over 34,000 full text dissertations in the areas of business, psychology, physical sciences, health, education and more. Finally its business information inlcudes nearly 9,000 market reports across 43 industries in 40 countries, spanning the UK, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and Latin America.

In total, the PQ Central includes coverage from nearly 80,000 scholarly journals, 42,000 trade journals, 24,000 magazines, 24,000 books, and over 11,000 reports.

From the PQ Central home page, links to the following trial databases that are provided within this trial package are also provided:

  • EconLit
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • Medical Evidence Matters
  • ProQuest Entrepreneurship
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (1881-1986)
  • PsycBOOKS
  • PsycINFO

For information about more trials and new online resources, please visit the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page.

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“Bibliography of the History of Art” soon to end access

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After March 31, 2010, ProQuest will no longer offer access to Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). All access to the database including retrospective years and future updates via the Illumina platform will be terminated effective April 1, 2010. 

According to ProQuest, the Getty Research Institute, who has been sponsoring the site, is no longer able to support the database and has not yet been able to reach an agreement with a new publisher. They have elected to withdraw the database from distribution.

The Getty web site explains that in response to current economic conditions, the J. Paul Getty Trust is significantly reducing its 2010 fiscal year budget. This has had an impact on all of the Getty’s operations, including the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The GRI has been trying to manage the BHA database on its own since 2008, and will now discontinue its support due to budget constraints.  

The Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) is the world’s most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of western art. The BHA was originally produced jointly by the Getty Research Institute and the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST) in France.

For more information about this situation, please refer to the Getty website announcement.