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Published on: Friday, July 11th, 2014

Last week we experience problems with ValueLine.  The company had a bit of trouble during a platform migration. I’m pleased to announce it’s working again.

SCHEDULED SERVICE INTERRUPTION: ProQuest (Including RefWorks) System Maintenance and Downtime Saturday Night

Published on: Friday, June 6th, 2014

ProQuest will be performing system maintenance beginning on Saturday, June 14th at 9:00 p.m. through Sunday, June 15th at 5 a.m.

The products and platforms listed below will not be available during this time.
• ProQuest
• ProQuest Congressional
• ProQuest Digital Microfilm
• RefWorks

ProQuest will be making improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Resolved–TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES – Historic University Publications database.

Published on: Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The database is back up and publications are accessible (updated 6/3, 9 PM).

The  Historic University Publications database (digitized Aquin newspapers, Aquinas yearbooks, etc.) is currently down.

The outage has been reported to our vendor and they are working to resolve the issue.


Published on: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Third time is the charm, folks! PsycINFO is down again. Third time in less than a month! We are lucky, lucky folks.

Like we noted in all the other blog posts regarding PsycINFO being down, you can use Summon to find articles.


Published on: Friday, May 23rd, 2014

I’m sorry to report that PsycInfo is once again experiencing some technical difficulties.

The technical team behind the resource is aware of the problem and actively working on it. In the meantime, if you’re looking for psych articles, try using Summon. It includes all articles published by the American Psychological Association.


Published on: Friday, May 16th, 2014

On Sunday from 7am til early afternoon SRDS Media Solutions will be unavailable. This is a scheduled outage for maintenance.  Please plan accordingly.


Published on: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

PsycINFO is up and running with no delays or problems. Sorry for the problems we encountered earlier.


Published on: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

For those of you trying to find articles on psych topics, please note PsycINFO is currently out of order. The technical team behind the resource is aware of the problem and actively working on it. In the meantime, if you’re looking for psych articles, try using Summon. It includes all articles published by the American Psychological Association.

HART Database Highlight: Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Published on: Monday, May 5th, 2014

Database Highlight, on behalf of the UST Libraries’ “Humanities and Arts Round Table” (HART) - by Curt Le May, Library Liaison for Theology and Religious Studies.

UST Libraries recently lost a valued colleague, Dr. Terence Nichols, who was a theology professor at St. Thomas for 27 years, and passed away on April 12. Given that Dr. Nichols was the founder and Co-Director of the University’s Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, I believe it is only appropriate that we highlight a database in the area of Islamic Studies in his honor…

Oxford Islamic Studies Online is an unparalleled resource for the study of the Islamic world including two translations of the Qur’an seamlessly combined with reference material, primary texts, hundreds of maps and images, interactive timelines, and more. For example, this source contains:

  • More than 6,000 articles encompassing all aspects of the Islamic world, giving students ready access to the most authoritative scholarship in the field.
  • The first and only electronic version of Hanna E. Kassiss’ Concordance of the Qur’an links to the sites of two translations of the Qur’an, offering the ability to access this essential text in a way no other Islamic Studies resource can.
  • 250+ primary source documents selected and translated by leading scholars include excerpts from seminal books, transcripts of speeches, fatwas, statements posted on Arabic internet sites and other sources.
  • Carefully selected links to trustworthy external websites saves students and researchers time investigating the validity of online sources.
  • Reference content and analysis by renowned scholars in global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.


Job-hunting? Company information search tips

Published on: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Target Corporation SWOT Analysis

Target Corp. SWOT Analysis

As the temperatures warm up and we move through spring, our thoughts turn fondly to – well, for many students, you’re thinking about job-hunting. You’re thinking about potential employers, maybe you have some interviews lined up. You want to know more about a company as a potential employer, and you want to go beyond what you find on the company’s website and some quick web searching. If you’re a business student, you’ve probably done a good deal of company research for class projects. But if you haven’t done it recently, or aren’t a business student, here are some tips and suggestions.

  • Get a good overview. Business Insights: Essentials and Business Source Premier are great places to check for a basic overview of a public company (one that sells stock or other registered securities to the public.) This can include a description of the company, financial information, and news stories. BSP, BIE, and OneSource Global Business Browser include SWOT reports, which summarize Strengths and Weaknesses of a business, and the Opportunities and Threats it faces in the business environment.
  • Focus your search. BSP and ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry each have a way to search for items about a company that’s more precise than keyword searching. This helps a lot with companies like Target or even Google, whose names are part of daily life. (The word “target,” for example, can refer to target markets, target dates, target-based pay, and of course target practice.) In BSP, you can use the pull-down menu to search for Target as a “company entity,” to get articles specifically about Target the company. And in ABI, you can search for Target as a “company/organization.”
  • Find those private companies, too. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, PrivCo is our newest business resource, covering privately-held companies that average around $50,000,000.00 in annual revenue. For smaller companies, ReferenceUSA is a “business phone book” covering 24 million U.S. businesses. In the Custom Search, you can look for companies by name, business type, business size, location, and more.
  • Don’t forget the news. Yeah, you can find news on the web, but some precision searching can help here as well. ProQuest Newsstand, like ABI, lets you search for articles on a “company/organization.” That helps focus your search in local news sources, like the Star Tribune or Pioneer Press, as well as major papers from other cities (the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times, just to drop a few names.) And my good friend BizLink has full-text coverage of 40 regional business journals, including the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and business journals from Atlanta, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, and Silicon Valley. It’s a great place to search for information on local or regional companies, and you get that local perspective that you don’t find in national sources.
  • Be sure to check our career and employment resources guide as part of your job search. And good luck!