Proquest scheduled downtime 1/30/10 – 1/31/10

Proquest resources will be unavailable from Saturday January 30, 2010 7:00 p.m. to Sunday January 31 7:00 a.m. PST

The following products will be unavailable during this time:

  • ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, American Periodicals Series
  • Genealogy and local history products including African American Heritage, Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, ProQuest Obituaries and Digital Sanborn Maps
  • COS products
  • UMI products including ProQuest Digital Microfilm and online dissertation products

TRIAL: Gale’s GREENR (Global reference on the environment, energy, and natural resources)

Gale’s new database GREENR is available on extended trial through 6/18/2010. GREENR focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia. Use Browse Issues and Topics, World Map, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

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Lexis/Nexis Statistical Universe: Changes and Training

LexisNexis Statistical (aka Statistical Universe) is a powerful tool for exploring statistics from federal and state government, private groups (like the Rand Corporation) and intergovernment groups(like the World Trade Organization). The resource is being rebranded as LexisNexis Statistical Insight with a completely new search interface.

Join LexisNexis trainer and longtime documents librarian Andrea Sevetson (formerly of UC-Berkeley and the U.S. Census Bureau) as she demonstrates the bells and whistles of the new system.

What: LexisNexis Statistical — new interface
When: Friday, January 29, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Suzzallo Instruction Lab (Room 104)

Updates to iPoll

On February 1, 2010, the newest version of iPOLL will be released. Until then, try the Beta version from within the current service.

Enhancements include:

  • Email login is no longer required to use iPOLL
  • Every search generates a summary of question counts and datasets by decade
  • Graphical display of question results
  • Within the Search for Datasets catalog, there are now links to questions in iPOLL, permitting researchers to view topline results from the datasets they’ve identified for secondary analysis.

Registered Users will enjoy additional benefits—

  • Select the way you want the summary of results to display
  • Download full search results
  • Download datasets (Registration is optional within iPOLL, but required to download datasets.)
  • Bookmark searches and questions

While the new versions of these databases will become the default on February 1st, Traditional iPOLL will be available through spring 2010.

Visit iPoll at:

Science Direct: additional content

Last week the Libraries began to offer substantially increased access to journal content from Elsevier as a result of a lengthy, complex and successful renegotiation process that took place over several months. The new agreement includes a commitment by the Libraries to purchase Elsevier’s complete 1500 title back-file collection over 5 years at a substantially reduced price, and access without charge for 2010 to all current journals within its “Freedom Collection.” The back-file purchase is part of the Libraries’ longstanding strategic pursuit of the Anytime Anyplace Library concept and helps address a need that many UW faculty have expressed in recent surveys. The Freedom Collection increases the number of current Elsevier journals available to UW users from roughly 1,000 to 2,000 and provides an opportunity to assess its overall value and demand for specific titles. Catalog and e-journal list entries for Freedom Collection titles have been added, while back-file entries will be available sometime in February.