Historical New York Times and Wall Street Journal in OneSearch

8 02 2017

As of this week, articles from the ProQuest Historical New York Times  (1851-2013) and Wall Street Journal (1889-1999) collections should be findable in OneSearch.

Planned Downtime for ProQuest Databases on 28 February

26 02 2015

Beginning at 10 pm Eastern time on Saturday, February 28, and continuing for up to five hours, ProQuest databases and services will be down for planned site maintenance. This affects:

  • ABI/INFORM Global
  • Alt-PressWatch
  • American Periodicals
  • Books in Print
  • ebrary
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • Gannett Newsstand
  • GenderWatch
  • New York Times (1851-2010)
  • PAIS International
  • RefWorks
  • Wall Street Journal (1889-1997)

It may also affect the display of book jacket art in the catalog and OneSearch, as ProQuest also owns the Syndetics service that provides that art.

All ProQuest Databases Down on February 15

12 02 2014

On Saturday, February 15, beginning at 10 pm and continuing for up to eight hours, all ProQuest databases will be offline for scheduled maintenance. Affected databases and services include:

  • ABI/INFORM Global
  • Alt-PressWatch
  • American Periodicals
  • EthnicNewsWatch
  • Gannett Newsstand
  • GenderWatch
  • New York Times (1851-2010)
  • PAIS International
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • RefWorks
  • Wall Street Journal (1889-1996)

This will not affect ebrary (it will be available during the maintenance work).

More details from ProQuest.

Better Paths to New York Times and the Wall Street Journal

11 03 2013

We’ve now launched a more streamlined way to let our users know about the options they have for online and print access to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, something that replaces the multiple links we used to offer on the Databases page and that now also provides instructions for how to read either paper in Factiva via the News Pages feature.

Instead of three listing on the Databases page for the New York Times pointing to three different links, we have one that points to a new LibGuide page. By removing the multiple listings on the Databases page, we’ve made things a little easier on the eye (and the attendant cognitive load) for the user. Similarily, we’ve gone from two listings for the Wall Steet Journal to one that goes to a dedicated LibGuide for that paper.

Each of these new LibGuide pages features:

  • a box with links to the main online access options
  • a box with info about where to find the print edition
  • a box with screenshot instructions of how to get to the News Pages feature in Factiva and how to use it to select a section of the paper or a different issue of the paper

This project was begun after looking at the search logs in Summon (AKA Bearcat Search) and in the site search feature of the library website, both of which featured a very high number of queries for those newspapers by name. We already knew anecdotally from reference interactions that students commonly asked for help getting to those newspapers. By looking at the search logs of Summon and the site search we could see that a number of students were mistakenly going there to get to the newspapers instead of using the A-Z journal lookup feature from Serials Solutions that the “Journals” search feature connects to.

With the publication of these new guides, students will be more likely to get a usable hit in the site search feature on the site (because it indexes not just library web pages but also all of our LibGuides). If students search in Summon for “new york times” or “wall st journal,” they’ll now see a “Best Bet” search result for that points to the appropriate LibGuide page. Try these sample Summon searches to see how that works:

ProQuest Databases Down This Saturday Night

7 03 2013

I just got an email from ProQuest alerting customers that all ProQuest databases will be down for six hours, beginning at 10 pm this Saturday night:

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 ProQuest will install new enhancements, features, and databases, to improve the research experience. Highlights from this release include:

  • Publication search & discover enhancements
  • Thesaurus search & discover enhancements
  • Athens authentication software upgrade to the Shibboleth® based OpenAthens Federation

A six (6) hour maintenance window is needed to install these enhancements. The window will take place from Saturday, March 9, 2012, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:00 ET.

The databases affected are:

  • ABI/INFORM Global‎
  • Alt-PressWatch‎
  • American Periodicals‎
  • Ethnic NewsWatch‎
  • GenderWatch‎
  • PAIS International‎ (1914 – current)
  • The New York Times (1851-2009)‎
  • The Wall Street Journal (1889-1995)‎



WSJ offers discount subscription options for students

20 10 2009

While returning from an English 2100 instruction session, I noticed that the Wall Street Journal had a table today on the second floor of the vertical campus.   Because we have students asking about discounts, I will place the material in a folder at the reference desk.  This month they are offering students a special rate for print and online–$24.95 for ten weeks, $59.95 for 26 weeks, and a year for $119. Two year subscriptions are available for $179, a 75% discount.  Sometimes students want their own subscriptions rather than using FACTIVA. (Sometimes they don’t know about access on FACTIVA.)