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.

Gale Powersearch 2.0 webinars

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Gale’s new Powersearch 2.0 platform was released for Massachusetts regional library users on Tuesday, Sept. 1.  For those who would like to gain more familiarity with the new functionality, the MBLC has arranged for two Massachusetts only webinars to help regional members become more familiar with the new features. One important new aspect of the new platform that will be examined are the many customization opportunities for libraries to push meaningful content to users.

These webinars do not require advance registration.

The Massachusetts only webinars will be conducted by Stacey Knibloe on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 11AM and Tuesday, Oct. 6 at noon. Instructions for logging on are provided below.  You just need access to the Internet and a separate telephone near your computer.

 

Prior to the conference, please visit http://www.conferenceservers.com/browser/?brand=sametimeunytemeeting to prepare your computer for the web portion. You will need administrator privileges to install the plug-in.  If you experience any technical difficulties please contact our service provider’s help desk at 1-800-866-0888.

STEP 1:  TO JOIN AUDIO CONFERENCE

Primary Dial-In: 1 (866) 394-9513 (this is a toll-free call)

Passcode: 9722341#

 

STEP 2:  TO JOIN WEB CONFERENCE

Prior to logging into the meeting, ensure popup blocker is turned off on your browser.

1. Dial the audio conference dial-in number noted above and enter the passcode as prompted.

2. Click on this meeting URL: http://web.meetme.net/r.aspx?p=2&a=70541837085689

3. On the Meeting Center page, enter your name and e-mail address.

4. Click on the “Sign-in” button.

5. Accept the Terms and Conditions and click “Join” to enter your conference.

6.  Should your computer require any updates to accommodate web conferencing, an additional message will be displayed. Follow the instructions to prepare your computer for the meeting. These updates should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

IF THE ABOVE URL DOES NOT ALLOW YOU TO JOIN THE WEB CONFERENCE, PLEASE FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE NOTED BELOW.

1. Copy and paste the following URL in your web browser: http://web.meetme.net/audience

2. Copy and paste the Meeting Key: 70541837085689

3. Click on the “Sign-in” button

4. On the Meeting Center page, enter your name and e-mail address.

5. Click on the “Sign-in” button.

6. Accept the Terms and Conditions and click “Join” to enter your conference.