UMI Unveils SiteBuilder, Adds to ProQuest Direct

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UMI has announced that it has unveiled an application for its online information system, ProQuest Direct. The unique application, ProQuest Direct SiteBuilder, enables libraries to include durable and secure links from their sites to UMI's reservoir of electronic content, according to the company. Also, in two separate announcements, UMI said that it will be adding five new databases to ProQuest Direct.

ProQuest Direct SiteBuilder

ProQuest Direct SiteBuilder enables libraries to automate frequently used functions, including course packs, reserve rooms, and topic files.

Course packs can be designed to offer electronic access to articles from course-specific journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Reserve rooms enable many students to remotely access articles without being physically present in the library.

Topic files give students access to a cross section of journals, articles, stored searches, and even Web sites for a particular area of interest.

"During numerous meetings and focus group sessions, these common library functions were consistently mentioned as being vital to librarians, researchers, and others," said Daniel Arbour, vice president of marketing and product development at UMI. "We developed ProQuest Direct SiteBuilder to serve the needs of librarians, researchers, and professors."

Arbour added that ProQuest Direct SiteBuilder offers many advantages to users that are unavailable elsewhere, including the following:

A librarian's searching expertise can be used to create pre-defined searches that are available to all users. These searches are preserved for access indefinitely.

Users can check for new information on a particular topic by re-running pre-defined searches.

Frequently accessed journals can be easily categorized.

Articles of interest can be located with a single mouse click; no searching is required.

Users can access information remotely 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Arbour also noted that because only links are included in the application, all access is automatically copyright cleared by UMI.

According to the announcement, one of the more frustrating aspects of information searching has also been addressed by ProQuest Direct SiteBuilder. "Given the transient nature of the Web, it's not unusual for information on a Web site to be available one day, but then unavailable days or weeks later," said Tom Saltsman ProQuest Direct SiteBuilder project manager. "ProQuest Direct SiteBuilder solves that problem. A unique identification system developed by UMI enables users to construct a durable and secure link that they can access without the administrative and maintenance headaches associated with everchanging Web sites," he added.

Full Text/Full Image to Wilson Databases on ProQuest Direct

UMI has also announced the introduction of three new databases available via ProQuest Direct: Social Sciences PlusText, General Science PlusText, and Education PlusText.

Each database combines abstracts and indexing from the respected subject indexes from H.W. Wilson (Social Sciences Abstracts, General Science Abstracts, and Education Abstracts) with full-page images and full text from selected journals. According to UMI, the addition of text and images allows users to access complete articles immediately, simplifying and speeding the research and learning processes.

Social Sciences PlusText links abstractand-index coverage of more than 400 titles from the Wilson index with cover-to-cover full text and page images for more than 200 titles. …