ProQuest Enhances Interface

Jun 08, 2004

ProQuest Information and Learning has announced that it will launch an updated version of the ProQuest online information service in July. The release will include ProQuest Smart Search, which gives users suggestions for enhanced searching, and several new email options for sending articles and marked lists. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Company, creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide.

ProQuest Smart Search will analyze a user's search, then offer suggestions for related topics and publications at the top of the results screen. The same technology will enable users to browse topics in most ProQuest databases. Users will also be able to email multiple articles from ProQuest; email My Research Summary, a refined version of the marked list feature; and email formatted bibliographies with the new release.  

The July release will augment several changes launched in March: ProQuest Historical Newspapers now offers a "Print" button option, so that long articles are sized into readable segments that can be printed on 8 1/2" x 11" pages. Print Bibliography enhancements offers appropriate citation formatting for different publication types and citation styles. ProQuest also provides tips and examples at the end of the printed bibliography to help users tailor citations to their needs. Custom interface profiles have been implemented for The Snapshots Series Market Research Reports, Hoover's Company Information, and OxResearch, providing custom search fields and limiters for these databases when each is searched alone. A new Select Databases option allows users to select all cross-searchable databases with a single mouse click.

The new interface will be available to use on every proprietary ProQuest product.  A demonstration of the new interface, and complete descriptions and guides for its many features, will be available soon on the ProQuest Web site. Free trials of ProQuest products are available.