New Interface for MathSciNet

6 10 2017

We’ve long had access to MathSciNet on the American Mathematical Society’s own platform. This week, we were able to add another access point to the same database: EBSCOhost. If you browse the list of math databases or the main databases page, you’ll now see a separate link for “MathSciNet (EBSCOhost interface).”

Records from MathSciNet are also discoverable in OneSearch; if you click to view the full text from a record in OneSearch, you’ll likely be taken to the article on the American Mathematical Society platform.

New Interface and Name for Advertising REDBOOKS

20 06 2017

Advertising REDBOOKS has overhauled the interface recently and rebranded the site as just “REDBOOKS.” If you haven’t been in REDBOOKS for a while, it’s worth taking a peek at what you can find there. If you look up a company, such as Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, you can find:

  • a list of the agencies that provided media buying, brand strategy, marketing, digital media planning, etc.
  • media spend amounts by category (cable TV, spot TV, outdoor, newspapers, etc.)
  • business summary and financials
  • its SIC and NAICS classifications
  • a list of its competitors
  • recent company news

On the A-Z list of databases, there is now a pointer link in the “A-B” tab that says “Advertising REDBOOKS is now called ‘REDBOOKS‘” (the link resolves to the new interface for REDBOOKS) and link in the “Q-R” tab that says “REDBOOKS formerly known as ‘Advertising REDBOOKS.‘” We’ll keep that pointer link until the end of the calendar year.

Annual Reviews Has a New Interface

10 01 2017

Annual Reviews launched a new interface today. It’s a much more modern design. More details can be found on this post on the vendor’s news blog.

MRI+ Mediamark Reporter Is Now Called GfK MRI University Reporter

19 04 2016

If you go to MRI+ Mediamark Reporter, you’ll see that it has a new interface and new branding as GfK MRI University Report. Following feedback from some of our colleagues, Mike and I have decided to update the database links as follows:

  • The link labeled “MRI+ Mediamark Reporter” has been relabeled to “GfK MRI University Reporter (formerly MRI+ Mediamark Reporter)”. This link is now found on the G-H tab of the databases page. At the end of the year, this link will be shortened to just “GfK MRI University Reporter.”
  • A new link labeled “MRI+ Mediamark Reporter” has been added to the M-N tab of the databases page. At the end of this year, this link will be removed.

UK Census and US Election Data in the Social Explorer

16 09 2015

The Social Explorer has recently added some new datasets. US Demography is still their primary module, which includes historical and current US Census data from the decennial census and the American Community Survey. But if you were looking for UK Census data, you’re now in luck! The United Kingdom 2011 Census is available for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The UK module works the same way as the US one; you can make good-looking web maps using a variety of different geographies, and download census reports.

UK Census Data

Just in time for the upcoming 2016 election, they’ve added a US Election Data module. You can create maps of voter registration and actual election outcomes for presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections at the state and county level for the past decade or so. Unfortunately you can’t download any of the underlying data; they’ve partnered with Dave Leip’s and his Atlas of Presidential Elections, and he holds a virtual monopoly on this information. There are public and free alternatives for voter registration and federal election data at the state level, but they are from two different sources: the Census Current Population Survey for the former and the Federal Election Commission for the latter. A central, reliable, public source for county-level data is non-existent. Despite this large shortcoming, the Social Explorer module is still useful for exploring and visualizing election data.

US Election Data

The Social Explorer is available via our databases page, and you can access each of the modules under the Maps heading. Scroll down and pick the one you’d like.

New Interface for the Statistical Abstract

27 08 2015

Proquest has recently revised the interface to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, making it easier to use. The abstract is a good source for federal statistics that cover a wide range of subjects at the national, regional, and state levels. It’s also useful for determining which agency or department in the government is responsible for publishing a given statistic. Citations with links back to the original sources make it possible to uncover additional data (in particular, for smaller geographic areas like counties and places).

The interface gives you the ability to browse by subject and to drill down to individual topics, which mimic the chapters and tables that appear in the print edition. Alternatively you can search by keywords or phrases across the current or previous Proquest editions of the abstract. Even though the abstract is from 2015 and the first Proquest edition is from 2013, many of the tables contain historic data that stretch back several decades. After doing an initial browse or a search you have the ability to filter the results by date, source, and subject term. Tables can be downloaded in a presentation-friendly PDF format or a data-friendly Excel format.


The Statistical Abstract was an annual publication that was previously published by the Census Bureau. After over 130 years of continuous publication, the Census Bureau terminated the program for the sake of short-sighted budget cuts. The 2012 Abstract was the last public edition. Proquest acquired the rights to publish the abstract and it has been a proprietary, subscription-based product since 2013. Our subscription includes both the electronic (available via our Databases page) and print (Reference HA 202.A4) editions from Proquest. The Census Bureau still provides access to the older editions they published on their website at

Have You Seen the New ProQuest Interface Yet?

21 08 2015

If not, check it out before classes begin. Here’s a video from ProQuest highlighting the changes (NB: I changed the autoplay start point for this video about 55 seconds in so you skip the needless intro section).


New Interface for S&P NetAdvantage

20 08 2015

We just switched over this morning to the new S&P NetAdvantage interface. There’s a new URL for the database, too (I updated the URL in the databases list, which should push out to any mapped links you’ve added to your research guides).

One very confusing thing about the new interface is that by default it doesn’t say “NetAdvantage” on it. To get around that, we used the admin options in the database to add a navigation button to the interface that says “NetAdvantage.” Clicking that button just takes you back to the home page for the database interface.

S&P NetAdvantage--new interface--custom nav button

If you have any tips about navigating the new interface or about content and functionality that we didn’t have in the old interface, please add them as comments to this blog post.

Interface Changes on August 17 for ProQuest and ebrary

11 08 2015

Actual details (let alone screenshots or live previews) are not available at the moment about the changes coming to the ProQuest and ebrary interfaces. What little information there is right now can be found on this ProQuest page.

New Interface for Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

27 05 2015

On June 1, ProQuest will switch to a new interface for the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. According to ProQuest’s announcement, we can expect the following changes:

  • Responsive design providing a smooth experience on any device from laptop to mobile

  • A cleaner and more readable interface for a faster, more enjoyable experience with better in-line preview for tables and an improved document view experience

  • A reorganized screen with the more heavily used features easier to find and use

  • Enhanced after-search experience leaving the entire left side navigation for filtering and refining results, and putting the Table of Contents up near the search box