Expanded ProQuest Content Now Available to USC Community
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:
- AGRICOLA -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Agriculture
- ASFA: Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Aquatic Sciences
- Biological Sciences Database -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Biological Sciences
- Engineering Research Database -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Engineering
- Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Environmental Sciences
- GeoRef -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Earth Sciences
- High Technology Research Database with Aerospace -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: High Technology & Aerospace
- Materials Research Database with METADEX -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Materials Science
- Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Atmospheric Sciences
- Polymer Library -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Polymer Science
- Technology Research Database -- ProQuest Deep Indexing: Technology
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.