CSA and ProQuest databases migrate to new platform

Last year the information provider ProQuest released a new user interface which brings together reference databases and full text resources which were previously spread over various platforms (CSA Illumina, Chadwyck-Healey, ProQuest).

The new platform is now ready to use via http://search.proquest.com/.

Please note that we will start to redirect the relevant entry points to the new platform next week. We also recommend to update all local links and bookmarks as soon as possible.

For more information on using ProQuest, please consult your local MPI librarian or send your questions to the colleagues in the IVS-BM. Some online workshops featuring the new platform are now available, as well as a series of training videos created by the ProQuest team.

This is the list of the databases which have been migrated so far:

  • Aerospace Database (1962 – current)
  • AIDS and Cancer Research Abstracts (1982 – current)
  • Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (1987 – current)
  • Aqualine (1960 – current)
  • ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (1971 – current)
  • Biological Sciences (1971 – current)
  • Computer and Information Systems Abstracts (1981 – current)
  • Electronics & Communications Abstracts (1981 – current)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (1985 – current)
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Management (1967 – current)
  • ERIC (1966 – current)
  • GeoRef (1693 – current)
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA) (1973 – current)
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (1973 – current)
  • Materials Research Database (1965 – current)
  • Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (1974 – current)
  • MLA International Bibliography (1926 – current)
  • PAIS (1914 – current)
  • Philosopher’s Index (1940 – current)
  • Physical Education Index (1970 – current)
  • PILOTS (1871 – current)
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) (1639 – current)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
  • ProQuest Illustrata: Natural Sciences
  • ProQuest Illustrata: Technology
  • Social Services Abstracts (1979 – current)
  • Sociological Abstracts (1952 – current)
  • Solid State and Superconductivity Abstracts (1981 – current)
  • Zoological Record (1978 – 2012)

Information providers gone mobile

Over the last two years, an increasing number of information providers started to offer mobile versions of their platforms or developed specialized applications to access the electronic content. In most cases, users with mobile devices will be automatically redirected to the corresponding version. Access to subscribed content may depend on your IP address, but some providers support remote access via specific measures.

Here you find some further information for selected providers:

Using MPG/SFX with your favorite literature management tool?

Unfortunately, we don’t know what your favorite tool is, but want to share a short video which provides some instructions for how to use MPG/SFX with Mendeley:

The so-called base URL for the MPG/SFX link resolver is: https://sfx.mpg.de/sfx_local

Please note that Mendeley is by far not the only literature software which supports this kind of integration, e.g. the colleagues from the IVS-BM put together some information for EndNote. You are welcome to contact us if you are interested in instructions for any other tool, we’ll do our best to figure it out…

vLib downtime due to electrical power outage

Due to a scheduled power outage vLib will be unavailable between Friday, 27/05/11, 8 p.m., and Saturday some time during the day.

Please see the GWDG schedule (in German) for the most detailed information we found.

As a high number of services will be experiencing a downtime, systems will be started successively.

We have done our best to prioritize the start of vLib, however, we are unable to give any precise point of time when vLib will be available again after the outage.

MPG/SFX services should be available without interruption.

More info see GWDG News (in German see here).

We apologize for any inconvenience.