ProQuest Search Widget Expands Access to Library Resources

Portable search tool lets libraries put online resources up front



10 Jan, 2008, 00:00 ET from ProQuest

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ProQuest has launched a free
 search widget for products on its ProQuest(R) platform. Available now, the
 ProQuest Search Widget - a portable search box - allows instant searching
 of most ProQuest platform databases on any page of a library or university
 web site. This furthers ProQuest's efforts to help libraries market their
 collections - increasing exposure and facilitating access - by enabling
 them to add the search feature right into users' workflow.
 
     "ProQuest is consistently looking for ways to help libraries go where
 their users are, with simple search options that meet specific research
 needs," said John Law, ProQuest director of platform development. "The
 search widget means no more hunting for the library's online databases -
 they can be right at the fingertips of patrons."
 
     The ProQuest Search Widget allows anybody to create a simple customized
 search box that supports keyword-search-and-go research. It includes a
 ProQuest logo -- so that users know what they're searching -- and can be
 placed on any and every web page where libraries want to provide direct
 access to ProQuest platform databases, such as course pages, subject pages,
 email announcements, newsletters, etc. Its flexible "plug and play" design
 lets libraries set their own search parameters, varying them with the
 context.
 
     For example, a college department web page could include a discipline-
 specific search that's limited to relevant databases and search criteria or
 terms. A search widget on the Teen page of a public library might have pre-
 set search terms that match coursework at the local schools. The ProQuest
 Search Widget is part of ProQuest's larger strategy to provide libraries
 with tools that make their resources more discoverable and useful to their
 patrons. The company recently introduced an academic library marketing kit
 in the U.S. that provides tools and tips to help college and university
 libraries build awareness of their services. A U.S. public library tool kit
 was published earlier this year.
 
     To generate a ProQuest Search Widget and for information on for the
 simple installation and customization visit http://widgets.proquest.com
 
     About ProQuest
 
     ProQuest provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125
 billion digital pages of the world's scholarship, delivering it to the
 desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields,
 from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and
 medicine. ProQuest is part of Cambridge Information Group
 (www.cambridgeinformationgroup.com).
 
     ProQuest's vast content pools are available to researchers through
 libraries of all types and include the world's largest digital newspaper
 archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000
 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the pre-eminent dissertation
 collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the
 information through the ProQuest(R) and CSA Illumina(TM) online information
 systems, Chadwyck- Healey(TM) electronic and microform resources, UMI(R)
 microform and print reference products, eLibrary(R) and SIRS(R) educational
 resources, Ulrich's(R) Serials Analysis System, COS Scholar Universe, and
 Serials Solutions(R) resource management tools. Through the expertise of
 business units Serials Solutions and COS, ProQuest provides technological
 tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their
 information resources. For more information, visit www.proquest.com,
 www.proquest.co.uk, and www.csa.com
 
 
 

SOURCE ProQuest
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ProQuest has launched a free
 search widget for products on its ProQuest(R) platform. Available now, the
 ProQuest Search Widget - a portable search box - allows instant searching
 of most ProQuest platform databases on any page of a library or university
 web site. This furthers ProQuest's efforts to help libraries market their
 collections - increasing exposure and facilitating access - by enabling
 them to add the search feature right into users' workflow.
 
     "ProQuest is consistently looking for ways to help libraries go where
 their users are, with simple search options that meet specific research
 needs," said John Law, ProQuest director of platform development. "The
 search widget means no more hunting for the library's online databases -
 they can be right at the fingertips of patrons."
 
     The ProQuest Search Widget allows anybody to create a simple customized
 search box that supports keyword-search-and-go research. It includes a
 ProQuest logo -- so that users know what they're searching -- and can be
 placed on any and every web page where libraries want to provide direct
 access to ProQuest platform databases, such as course pages, subject pages,
 email announcements, newsletters, etc. Its flexible "plug and play" design
 lets libraries set their own search parameters, varying them with the
 context.
 
     For example, a college department web page could include a discipline-
 specific search that's limited to relevant databases and search criteria or
 terms. A search widget on the Teen page of a public library might have pre-
 set search terms that match coursework at the local schools. The ProQuest
 Search Widget is part of ProQuest's larger strategy to provide libraries
 with tools that make their resources more discoverable and useful to their
 patrons. The company recently introduced an academic library marketing kit
 in the U.S. that provides tools and tips to help college and university
 libraries build awareness of their services. A U.S. public library tool kit
 was published earlier this year.
 
     To generate a ProQuest Search Widget and for information on for the
 simple installation and customization visit http://widgets.proquest.com
 
     About ProQuest
 
     ProQuest provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125
 billion digital pages of the world's scholarship, delivering it to the
 desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields,
 from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and
 medicine. ProQuest is part of Cambridge Information Group
 (www.cambridgeinformationgroup.com).
 
     ProQuest's vast content pools are available to researchers through
 libraries of all types and include the world's largest digital newspaper
 archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000
 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the pre-eminent dissertation
 collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the
 information through the ProQuest(R) and CSA Illumina(TM) online information
 systems, Chadwyck- Healey(TM) electronic and microform resources, UMI(R)
 microform and print reference products, eLibrary(R) and SIRS(R) educational
 resources, Ulrich's(R) Serials Analysis System, COS Scholar Universe, and
 Serials Solutions(R) resource management tools. Through the expertise of
 business units Serials Solutions and COS, ProQuest provides technological
 tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their
 information resources. For more information, visit www.proquest.com,
 www.proquest.co.uk, and www.csa.com
 
 
 SOURCE ProQuest