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New ProQuest databases platform migration, August 13
(19-JUL-12)

Starting on August 13, 2012, the Penn Libraries will complete migrating its ProQuest fulltext and bibliographic databases to the new ProQuest platform. We expect the final changeover to be finished within a few days after August 13. Over the past year, Penn librarians have worked with ProQuest to improve the new platform. We have identified display errors and indexing problems, we have recommended new search tags and layout improvements. We have been assured that ProQuest will continue to improve the new platform.

UPDATE - August 14.
We have redirected fulltext e-resources to the new ProQuest platform, including ProQuest Historical Newspapers, ProQuest Digital Dissertations, American Periodical Series and American Periodicals from CRL, AltPress Watch, GenderWatch, Ethnic NewsWatch, and ProQuest Historical Annual Reports. We are delaying moving CSA Illumina bibliographic databases and abstracting and indexing databases to the new ProQuest platform.

The new ProQuest platform offers several improvements:

  • Gathering together ProQuest's fulltext historical newspapers, the CSA Illumina bibliographic databases (PsycINFO, GeoRef, LLBA, and others), Chadwyck-Healey's IIMPand traditional ProQuest products such as ABI/INFORM and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
  • Standardized search and display functions across the wide array of ProQuest products.
  • Search filtering and faceted search results to take advantage of the extensive indexing provided by many bibliographic databases.
  • Supporting search-result RSS feeds and exporting to RefWorks, EndNote, and a variety of print-ready formats.
  • Accessibility under ADA, Section 508, and WCAG 2.0 standards.
More information on the new ProQuest platform's features is provided on the ProQuest web site.

The ProQuest migration has been underway for more than a year at the Penn Libraries. On August 13, we will be redirecting the Penn Library Web's persistent URLs to the new interface for specific ProQuest databases and we will remove the temporary splash pages that offered access to both the new ProQuest platform and the old CSA Illumina or ProQuest platform. We have already redirected PennText fulltext targets to ProQuest's fulltext databases available on the new ProQuest platform, including the ProQuest Historical Newspapers, ABI/INFORM Global, Ethnic NewsWatch and GenderWatch, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, and American Perodicals. ProQuest has announced that access to its databases on its old platforms will be turned off at the end of August 2012.

We welcome your observations and suggestions from using the new platform and, when possible, we will share them with ProQuest.

For more information:
library@pobox.upenn.edu

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