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June-July 2012

The Chronolog

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...
One of the latest additions to ProQuest Dialog is the new Search History export feature — one that was at the top of a lot of customers’ wish lists. You can read more about it in this issue, along with how ebrary complements your current research, as well as reloads on PsycINFO® and Dialog NewsRoom. As always, we highlight search tips, new training courses and documentation to help you make the most of your Dialog search experience.

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 for further details.


ProQuest Dialog Updates

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.

Recent SearchesIn 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.


It’s easy on ProQuest Dialog

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.

Use the Look up terms featureStart out in ProQuest Dialog by choosing the Energy & Environment industry category. Go to Command Line Search and use the Look up terms feature to search for author Megan Elizabeth Donaldson.

Look up AuthorsIn Look up terms, choose Look up Authors.

Look up AuthorsEnter enough of the author’s name, for example, Donaldson, M.

Enter the author's nameScroll 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 Ad to search button.

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.

Enter the author's nameNext, 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!


June-July Highlights

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
SLA 2012 Annual Conference

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
Sunday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m., ProQuest Booth 600

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
Monday, July 16, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., E353B of the McCormick Place Lakeside Center

Join ProQuest and Dialog at SLA for an exciting and timely session addressing some of the key challenges faced by information professionals, including:

  • What’s at stake when researchers think all the information they need is available for free on the Web?
  • How can libraries provide the best resources as research literature sources expand and new information sources pop up daily?
  • How can information professionals redefine their service offering and their value proposition?
  • What are the service management and budgeting implications?

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:

  • Mary Ellen Bates, president and founder of Bates Information Services and expert in customized information research
  • Blanca Chou, Associate Director, Information Resource Center, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Betty Edwards, Senior Research Analyst, Information Resources & Management, Draper Lab
  • Roger Summit, founder of Dialog, who foresaw the paradigm shift which would be created by the development of online information services

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.

Table of Contents

It’s easy to preview
Whether you want to subscribe to a subject collection or purchase a title, ebrary has an option to meet your needs. For example, on the Title Preview page for corporations and government on the ebrary Web site, select the engineering collection, specialty groupings, Business Complete or focus on a subset of information such as Civil or Environmental Engineering. Browse titles for purchase by subject, publisher or package, such as Post traumatic stress disorder. Premier publishing partners, including Elsevier, Springer and Wiley, offer authoritative content. Just click the book title to see the Table of Contents and click links to the chapters.

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.


Discover: Scitech Content Updates

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: 

  • New Document Type (Poetry) Poetry was added as a new term applied to documents that are poems rather than about poetry.
  • New Book Series, Volume, Issue and ISSN — Two new fields, Volume and Issue, were added in addition to Title and Translated Title. The Book Series ISSN field was changed to accommodate two types of book series ISSNs—ISSN (for Print) and eISSN (for Electronic) that allows a book record from a series to have both values noted.
  • New Special Section Titles — Special Sections are thematic sections within a journal that may include several articles but not all of the articles in a particular issue, as in a Special Issue.
  • Revised Book Set ISBNs — Book Set ISBNs can now be provided as 10- or 13-digit ISBNs, as well as including the binding type. A new type, Set, was added.
  • New PubMed Identifier — This new field adds the PubMed unique identifiers (PMID), when available.
  • New Methodology Type (Scientific Simulation) — Scientific Simulation, was added as a new term to identify the specific kind of methodology used in a research study and may appear in records for all publication types (Journal, Book, Encyclopedia, Dissertation Abstract and Electronic Collection).
  • Revised Grant/Sponsorship — The field has changed and now includes sponsor names, grant/contract/award information, funding amounts, funding dates, recipients and other details about the sponsorship.
  • Revised Book Table of Contents — “Created by PsycINFO” is a new term that flags books (primarily PsycBOOKS Classics titles) that do not have a source (abbreviated or otherwise) Table of Contents and for which PsycINFO creates the Table of Contents.
  • New and Reloaded Thesaurus — Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms will be provided with new terms, new scope notes, and hierarchical changes in early June.


Market: Business & News Content Updates

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.

File File Name Dates Recs Est
989 NewsRoom Alert Current Week 600K
990 NewsRoom Current 4-5 months 8.2M
991 NewsRoom 2012 2012 2.2M
992 NewsRoom 2011 2011 32.5M
993 NewsRoom 2010 2010 35.5M
994 NewsRoom 2009 2009 36.5M
995 NewsRoom 2008 2008 36.6M
996 NewsRoom 2006-2007 2006-2007 70.2M
997 NewsRoom 2004-2005 2004-2005 50.4M
998 NewsRoom 2000-2003 2000-2003 49.8M


Learn about ProQuest

SciTech Deep Indexing of IEEE publications surpasses the million figure and table mark!

IEEEProQuest 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:

  • IEEE Internet Computing
  • IEEE Software
  • IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing
  • IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
  • IT Professional Magazine

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From the Editor

At the top of your wish list: Search History Export/Save As

It’s easy on ProQuest Dialog

June-July Highlights

Discover: Scitech Content Updates

Market: Business and News Content Updates

Learn about Proquest

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Search Techniques

Smart Searching

DialogClassic Web™ ( 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.

Enter the author's nameWhile logged off, click the padlock icon to lock the Type-ahead buffer.

Enter the author's nameEnter the search strategy in the Type-ahead buffer.

Enter the author's nameWhen 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.
DialogClassic Web runs the search right through the LOGOFF command and disconnects.

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 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.

  • I-EXPO
    Paris, France
    June 13-14
  • American Library Association Annual Conference
    Anaheim, California
    June 21-26
  • Special Libraries Association Annual Conference
    Chicago, Illinois
    July 15-18
  • American Association of Law Librarians Annual Conference
    Boston, Massachusetts
    July 21-24



ProQuest Dialog

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.

New: Register for a new course “Researching the Business of Science” (June 12), which explores using ProQuest Dialog for marketing, sales, and industry information in the scientific, technical and medical collections and utilizing all available search modes.

Featured Dialog Courses

Take advantage of several new courses to develop your expertise in searching Dialog. Register now!

  • New: Finding Worldwide Business Intelligence and News on Dialog Featuring World News Connection (June 12)
  • Deciphering Patent Families in Derwent World Patents Index® and INPADOC/Patent Family and Legal Status (June 13)
  • New: Due Diligence: Searching for ALL Intellectual Property Owned by a Company (June 20) reviews tips and tricks for comprehensive ownership searching in ALL intellectual property files including patents, trademarks and copyrights.

DialogSelect Courses

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.

  • Enter your search term(s) in the search box and click the magnifying glass.
  • View a list of results.
  • Click the title of the article next to the percentage of relevance and voilà you have a concise, targeted article.

The Support Center contains FAQs for ProQuest Dialog, content information, help on search syntax, system features and more!

Support Center FAQs



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.


Dialog Search Techniques

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.


To retrieve all entries:


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:


Broaden the search a little by searching for Greece on the Geographic Name OR the Title field:


Use Remove Duplicates (RD) after narrowing a search to below 1,000 records.


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