From the Editor
We are once again looking forward to the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference and this wonderful opportunity to see and talk with so many of our customers. Be sure to join us for a host of events at the conference, July 15-18, 2012, in Chicago. Take advantage of this chance to check out demonstrations of ProQuest Dialog™ and learn more about its features at ProQuest booth #600. You’ll also want to be on hand to congratulate the Roger K. Summit scholarship winner, and be sure to attend our panel discussion and share your thoughts. We welcome this opportunity to see our customers in person, so please do come by!
In this issue...
If you weren’t able to attend Dialog’s interactive workshop, hosted by Dialog Global Customer Support in London on May 16, you missed an exciting event! With the guidance of Dialog trainers, attendees navigated ProQuest Dialog, becoming familiar with new features and functions recently released. They also reviewed customer use case scenarios that allowed the group to learn more about the way in which search is conducted on ProQuest Dialog, compared to legacy systems. Attendees were engaged, enthusiastic and enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about ProQuest Dialog. Their response was extremely positive. Watch for upcoming sessions in London, as well as WebEx sessions across Europe and North America.
“ProQuest Dialog has come a very long way for Interactive Search over recent months, and we are very keen to ensure our customers are fully equipped to get the best experience when they use it,” said Jason Leadley, Director Global Customer Support. He continued, “We are offering user education initiatives including online, remote and on-site training events, and I would encourage all users to take full advantage of this resource and to contact us for all manner of support.” Check the ProQuest Dialog Web site for more information, or contact your account manager or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
At the top of your wish list: Search History Export/Save As
If you haven’t tried the Search History export feature in ProQuest Dialog yet, you’ll want to check it out soon! Now you can include the Search Strategy Option on Export and Save As options, as well as Export all in Recent searches, for post processing actions on any selected items.
In the example at the right, we exported five searches from Recent searches. The search strategy was delivered in an easy-to-read tabular display and is available in multiple formats—PDF, RTF, HTML or TXT formats.
Yield dividends in better retrieval with Look up terms in Command Line Search
In 2008, Megan Elizabeth Donaldson published her doctoral dissertation “Development and application of novel solvents for sustainable reactions and separations.” She came up with a design for novel solvents and catalysts that reduce the environmental impact of these materials. What if you wanted to track Dr. Donaldson’s ongoing research post-doctorate? It’s easy on ProQuest Dialog.
Scroll down to find all the possibilities for Megan Elizabeth Donaldson, including Donaldson, m, Donaldson, m.e., Donaldson ME., Donaldson, M E, etc. Keep scrolling to make sure you got Donaldson, Megan, Donaldson Meagan, Donaldson Meghan, and Donaldson, Megan E.
Once satisfied, press Add to Search .
ProQuest Dialog then creates a search statement in Command Line Search. Press Preview result counts to see how many records are found. This creates Set 1 (S1) shown below.
Next, clear the form and add the next statement combining S1 with keywords from Dr. Donaldson’s thesis topic, such as sustainability, using truncation for variant word endings on the root word sustain, allowing for up to seven characters. This time, press Search to see the results.
Results return — and you have solid leads on Dr. Donaldson’s ongoing research post-doctorate. Just imagine the many other ways in which you can put this functionality to use for your searches!
Social Media Sweepstakes
Technological change has dramatically transformed the accessibility of information, creating a dynamic environment for libraries and information centers. In your opinion, what are the top challenges for librarians and information professionals in the face of these changes? Share your view on this key issue via ProQuest’s opinion poll, and we’ll enter you in our drawing to win a Kindle Fire or AMEX gift card (USD $200 value)! Click here to enter today.
The results of this poll will be presented by ProQuest during a panel discussion, titled “Thriving in the Age of Empowered End Users,” in July at the SLA Annual Conference in Chicago.
SLA annual conference events
Join us at the 2012 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference July 15-18 in Chicago! Visit the ProQuest booth (#600) where Dialog and ProQuest offer numerous opportunities for networking, training and learning more about our products and services for librarians and information professionals.
Check your program for event times and locations, and mark your calendar for the following:
Social Media Lounge
Take a moment to relax in the SLA Social Media Lounge, sponsored by ProQuest and Dialog, located near the Conference Registration Center. Chat with colleagues both online and in-person or speak with ProQuest and Dialog educational staff. Here, you can also enter our exciting social media contest, charge your electronics, and enjoy computers wired with high-speed Internet access — the perfect place to update your social media pages during SLA!
Roger K. Summit Scholarship & Awards Reception
Stop by the booth to congratulate the 2012 recipient of the Roger K. Summit Scholarship. The winner has exhibited superior academic achievement and interest in electronic information services, based on course work, research, experience and faculty recommendations. This year’s winner will certainly be an asset to the library community!
Panel: Thriving in the Age of Empowered End Users
Join ProQuest and Dialog at SLA for an exciting and timely session addressing some of the key challenges faced by information professionals, including:
Listen to and engage with our panel of industry experts as they discuss key drivers of change, where professional services excel, strategies used to address the challenges, and new opportunities brought by these market forces:
This session is open to all SLA conference attendees. However, space is limited, so we request you register in advance.
ebrary complements Dialog sources: See what they have
ebrary Corporate & Government provides books to complement journal and conference information from Dialog. You can search, browse and preview all of the e-books and other authoritative materials ebrary offers from leading publishers for corporations and government. The ebrary preview feature makes it easy to identify subject collections and subsets, find specific books, and actually review the Table of Contents, as well as part of a chapter.
It’s easy to preview
The ebrary technology tools enable you to read your e-books online and offline on multiple devices, upload and integrate a library’s own digital content with DASH!™ (Data Sharing, Fast) and even take notes and highlight while reading. Contact us for more information or contact your account representative to request a trial.
PsycINFO reloaded on ProQuest Dialog in May
PsycINFO is reloaded every year in order to refresh the database and implement the latest thesaurus. The database was reloaded on ProQuest Dialog in May. In addition to the latest thesaurus, the following changes were made:
Dialog NewsRoom Annual Rollover: New database groupings forthcoming
The annual rollover for Dialog NewsRoomn (Files 990-998) will take place during June. This year we will be combining 2006-2007 data into File 996. In addition, all of the prior years will be shifted, offsetting the entire back-file collection (Files 991-995) by one year. See the list below. There will be no change in Files 989 and 990, besides the usual monthly rollover of data.
Note: There is no change or loss in the overall dates of coverage for Dialog NewsRoom, the difference being only in the databases that contain the content.
SciTech Deep Indexing of IEEE publications surpasses the million figure and table mark!
ProQuest uses an average of eight index terms to every object in a journal article to help you find what you are looking for faster. These indexed and searchable IEEE tables and figures — now numbering more than 1.3 million — provide invaluable, unique content, not available in other engineering sources.
IEEE titles are highly cited, and ProQuest deep indexes 150, including these five IEEE Computer Society full-text journals:
DialogClassic Web™ (www.dialogclassic.com) offers all the sophistication of Dialog command language with the added benefit of ease of use. Did you know you can to load a search strategy right from BEGIN through LOGOFF in the Type-ahead buffer, while disconnected, and then log on and send it through? Here’s how it works.
When ready to logon, click the logon icon and enter your User Number and Password. Once in, unlock the padlock icon and, from the Type-ahead buffer, press enter to send the script forward.
Now, disconnected, you’re free to browse the record titles and indexing and the RANKed list and decide your next step.
Likewise, you can create a script in .txt format and press the Load Script icon . Follow the dialog box to browse and select the .txt file and DialogClassic Web loads the script. Press the Logon icon and click Enter in the Type-ahead buffer to send the script forward.
New issue of Eye on Innovation e-newsletter
Don’t miss the latest issue of the Eye on Innovation e-newsletter. This issue highlights Open Innovation, a hot topic in research and development, and shows how it can be a win-win opportunity for large companies, individuals and small businesses.
We’d love to talk wth you at these events. Stop by the ProQuest-Dialog booth and say hello.
Learn more about ProQuest Dialog in the introductory course, developing your expertise and working with results. Or, take a course focused specifically on biomedical information.
Featured Dialog Courses
Take advantage of several new courses to develop your expertise in searching Dialog. Register now!
New Webinars demonstrate using DialogSelect to find government contracts, news and regulations (June 13), biomedical information (June 21) and business, news and market research (July 11).
Get help from ProQuest Dialog Support Center
Do you have a question about ProQuest Dialog and can't find the answer? Try the new searchable ProQuest Dialog Support Center. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
The Support Center contains FAQs for ProQuest Dialog, content information, help on search syntax, system features and more!
Partner with management
In order to gain commitment from management and move information services up in corporate priority, it's critical to get top managers’ and other key information users' points of view. Plan to attend the Quantum2 Webinar: Partnering with Management to Achieve Results on Wednesday, June 13, to learn about a tool for analyzing a potential champion's style and discuss key steps to take to gain commitment. Sign up for ProQuest’s online community, the Discover More Corps, and register for the Webinar.
Gain precision by using the indexes in Dialog NewsRoom
Dialog NewsRoom (File 990) is a dynamic, comprehensive, global news source that is the go-to place for late-breaking news on competitors, countries, world economic and financial developments, and product launches. Its rich indexing enhances the ability to find highly specific, relevant articles.
To search for a specific industry, use the Industry Name field (PN=), for example PN=ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. Besides industry/product names, this field contains other descriptors, e.g. REGULATION, ECONOMIC FORECASTS, ECONOMIC INDICATORS, BALANCE OF PAYMENTS. For best results, EXPAND on the PN= field.
The European Union appears both in the Industry Name (PN=) field and the Geographic Name (/GN, GN=) fields.
S GN=EUROPEAN UNION
To retrieve all entries:
S GN,PN=EUROPEAN UNION
Countries, regions and continents are indexed on the Geographic Name (/GN, GN=) field. Since NewsRoom is updated continuously throughout the day, search on just today’s news on a country:
S GN=GREECE AND PD=20120524
Broaden the search a little by searching for Greece on the Geographic Name OR the Title field:
S GREECE/TI,GN AND PD=20120524
Use Remove Duplicates (RD) after narrowing a search to below 1,000 records.
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