Expanded ProQuest Content Now Available to USC Community

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/15/09

USC students, faculty, and staff now enjoy enhanced access to AGRICOLA, the Engineering Research Database, GeoRef, the Polymer Library, and other databases available through the libraries' ProQuest subscription. ProQuest now offers deep indexing, which includes data from tables and charts, photographs, illustrations, and other content in scholarly articles. This makes it easier for users to find relevant content.

You can access ProQuest from the USC Libraries' e-resources pages. Here's what ProQuest had to say in their recent announcement:

On October 1, 2009, ProQuest enhanced USC's subscription to the following databases with access to complimentary supplemental Deep Indexing resources as below:

These supplemental Deep Indexing databases will be searched along with the traditional A&I file so that users retrieve a more robust, relevant results set.  Deep Indexing captures and categorizes data, variables, and other content represented in tables, maps, photographs, and other figures which are typically embedded in scholarly publications and previously undiscoverable when searching publications -- with ProQuest’s Deep Indexing technology assigning an average of 8 index terms per image. Applicable journal article records are further enhanced with thumbnails showing the objects contained within that article indicating a Deep Indexing result and giving a quick preview of the image(s).

In all, this new enhancement provides 4 to 5 times more indexing per article to provide you with greatly increased discoverability.

These Deep Indexing resources are unique to ProQuest and provided as part of USC's subscription.  Additional information is available on the factsheet for each of the databases, hyperlinked to the titles above as of October 1st.

ProQuest’s training department is also offering complimentary training Webinars to help you learn more about this enhancement:

  • October 22 -- Noon-12:45PM Eastern Time
  • November 6  -- 5:00-5:45PM Eastern Time

CLICK HERE  to sign up for a specific session.  Additional sessions will also be added.

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