ProQuest Adds Enhanced Searches, OpenURL Support to PCI; Introduces Cuban Exile Collection on Microfilm

Sep 28, 2004


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ProQuest Information and Learning has added new features and functionality to the Periodicals Contents Index (PCI) suite of research databases and has announced the UMI Cuban Exile Collection is now available on microfilm.

ProQuest's PCI and PCI Full Text now offer enhanced searching, OpenURL support, and Z39.50 compatibility. PCI is an electronic index to millions of articles published in 4,547 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. PCI Full Text provides online access to more than 4 million pages in three collections of 100 humanities and social sciences journals each. Users link from the bibliographic data in PCI to the digitized journal pages available in PCI Full Text.

New features include: Hit highlighting in PCI Full Text for all journals with searchable full text; users may search the article text itself in a collection of searchable full-text journals, as well as the citation. PCI and PCI Full Text offer full Open URL support; Users may submit OpenURLs from citation records in PCI and PCI Full Text to link resolvers such as Article Linker and SFX to locate full text or physical holdings for articles or journals. MARC records are available at no charge for all titles in PCI and PCI Full Text with durable URLs that conform to the Open URL standard. PCI Full Text is compatible with Z39.50 and can be searched by remote systems and citation management tools using the technology. Users can now search PCI Full Text using author names and journal titles in either inverted (last name comma first name) or standard (first name last name) forms. Users of EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, and RefWorks can now export citations from PCI and PCI Full Text into these systems.

ProQuest has also introduced the UMI Cuban Exile Collection, a microfilm collection that is a resource documenting the lives of Cuban exiles in their own words. The new Cuban Exile Collection is published in cooperation with the University of Miami. Until now, the collection of newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, including contemporary post-1962 material, was only available at the University of Miami. It spans 40-plus years in the history of the Cuban diaspora, and is intended to provide insight into the growth and development of south Florida. Each title is filmed separately, enabling libraries to choose only the titles they want, or assemble the whole collection of more than 200 titles over time.

The first phase of the collection includes the newsletters of the Cuban community in exile. It is available now by individual title, with special pricing. In 2005, ProQuest plans to add newspapers and magazines. Among the resources to be available in the Cuban Exile Collection when complete: a collection of newsletters published by the more than 100 Cuban municipalities in exile, the newsletter El Habanero, literary and cultural magazines related to the Cuban exile experience around the world, and Cuban-American newspapers such as 20 de Mayo, El Bohemio News, and La Voz Libre.
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