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Database Highlights & Trials

SCHEDULED SERVICE INTERRUPTION: ProQuest Databases (Including RefWorks) Down for Maintenance Saturday Night

ProQuestLogoOn Saturday, August 8, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of its products. The window is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will last for eight (8) hours.

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available:

Research databases

  • Databases on the ProQuest platform (
  • Databases on the ProQuest Congressional platform (
  • Databases on the Chadwyck-Healey platform
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm

Reference management

  • RefWorks

Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources

  • Books in Print®
  • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™
  • Resources for College Libraries

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!

Database Highlights & Trials

RefWorks access restored

Over the weekend we experienced downtime with RefWorks. The parent company, Proquest, mishandled our renewal and let it be known that St. Thomas decided not to renew our subscription. That is not true. We most certainly renewed the subscription but there was a mix-up at the parent company. We in the libraries apologize for any difficulty this may have caused. Please know that RefWorks has been fully restored and no one lost any content.

Database Highlights & Trials

Technical Difficulties – Gale RESOLVED

RESOLVED. And just like that, all of the Gale databases have returned.  Please let us know if you are experiencing otherwise.

We have over 30 databases from a company called Gale and they just informed us that they are having technical difficulties on their end.  If you are trying to use the following and are experiencing problems, we apologize on behalf of Gale. Please contact a librarian to see if there’s an alternative source or watch this page for updates on when the resources are working again.

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Oxford Online Products Down

OxfordWe’ve just been notified that all of our Oxford University Press databases are out of commission for the time being.

Their tech support reports:
“We apologize for the error.
We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our sites.
We ask that you please try again later and we will update you as soon as we have been told that the error is corrected.


Customer Support – Online Products
Oxford University Press”

We’ll post an “all clear” message when we can.

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Summon Search Is Back!

After some temporary problems with the data and linking inside of Summon, everything is back in proper working order!

You researchers out there can now resume using this tool, which is a great place to start most of your research topics. It searches across 91.6% of our journal content at the same time it searches across much of our e-book,  print book, and streaming media content! For our experienced researchers out there, it might be a great way to discover related content that comes from databases that you don’t normally use in your discipline, so check it out today!

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Database Highlights & Trials, Science

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications

Hey UST Chemists – I have some good news and bad news for you:pubslogo-big

The bad news is that we noticed today that our subscriptions to ACS Web Editions and its sister resource: ACS Legacy Archives, are currently experiencing technical difficulties. Logging in still works, but searches currently yield no results.  As much as I would like to say that this is good news (is the ACS trying to tell us that nothing has been published on any topic yet, so the door is wide open?), clearly there is a problem.

The good news is that there is a work-around: you can also search for (and access!) ACS content via our SciFinder database.

To do so, simply log into  SciFinder (if you don’t have an account, UST students, faculty, and staff ONLY can register for one here).

Search for your topic in the “reference search” area. When you find an article in an ACS publication,  click on the hyperlink to “View Link to Other Sources.”
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On the next screen, click on the “Get It @ UST Libraries” hyperlink.

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That will bring you straight to the article in ACS Web Editions, as usual.

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We have been told that the issue is being worked on and should be resolved soon.  I will be sure to update this page as soon as I hear an all-clear.  In the meantime, thank you for your patience and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.


Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

USING SUMMON SEARCH: Temporary Data Problem Work-Around

UST Researchers,

Summon Search on Library Homepage

Where to find Summon on the Library Homepage

If you’ve already started tackling that Summer Research Project, please be aware of a current issue happening in our Summon Search. Summon is currently incorrectly identifying many journal articles and other kinds of content as books, which then makes the links to the content not work. This is very frustrating, and we apologize for the inconvenience that this is causing. ProQuest, Summon’s parent company, is currently working to identify the cause of the issue, and we will let you know just as soon as they get it fixed.

In the meantime, please consider these alternatives, or look below for possible workarounds while still using Summon.


If you choose to continue using Summon during this time, please note the following.

 Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

But note on closer inspection, each entry that says “Book: Full Text Online,” is actually not a book.

Actual books in your Summon search results will show the book’s library location. Actual books in your Summon Search results will show the book's library location.

To find out where you can get access to the content that says it’s a book when it’s not a book, check out the Explorer Pane on the right side of your screen. You can access it by either hovering your cursor over your search result or by clicking the black triangle.

Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

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In the Explorer Pane, you can either find the source (the database) the content came from, as in the picture above, or you can find the Publication Title (the journal), as in the picture below.

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If you have the name of a database, search for your journal article/content inside of the database, once you’ve located it in our list of databases.

If you have the name of a journal, search inside of that journal once you’ve located it in our list of journals.

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Something New for YOU at UST Libraries

It’s that time of year here at UST Libraries: we’ve heard from many of you and are now working hard to purchase resources and get new subscriptions set up.

New Resources Now AvailableBlog


  • Kanopy Streaming Films: A database that contains documentaries and educational films on social, political, cultural issues, education, and American history. It also provides a collection of Foreign Films.
  • National Film Board of Canada: collection featuring over 2,000 Canadian films, excerpts, trailers and interactive works.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online: There were a number of changes to our subscribed subjects, adding some and dropping some.  We now have access to these 11: Art History, Childhood Studies, Chinese Studies, Criminology, Education, Management, Medieval Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology
  • Routledge Handbooks Online: We are in the process of activating and cataloging approximately 100 titles in this new resource, in seven different subject bundles: Business & Economics; Communication, Journalism, Media & Culture; Environment & Sustainability; Health & Social Care; Linguistics; Philosophy; and Sport and Leisure.
  • Swank Feature Films: Our initial collection includes 25 feature films on this new streaming media platform.


  • JSTOR Business IV: An additional component to our JSTOR collection;  50 titles increasing JSTOR’s coverage in core fields such as economics, management, industrial relations, and finance, with a broad international scope.
  • Mergent Archives:  An additional component to MergentOnline; an indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents.
  • Mergent Intellect:  An additional component to MergentOnline; a collection of worldwide business information incorporating sources such as Hoover’s, Dun & Bradstreet, and First Research.
  • Oxford Handbooks Online  Economics & Finance Foundation Collection:  An additional book bundle to fill out the existing Economics & Finance Collections previously purchased
  • Oxford Handbooks Online  Economics & Finance 2013 Collection:  An additional book bundle to fill out the existing Economics & Finance Collections previously purchased
  • SRDS Compete Pro: A new resource from the SRDS/Kantar Media family. Use it to see the traffic, engagement, and demographics for any of the top 1 million sites on the internet. Restricted to UST students, faculty, and staff; users must log in with their UST email address.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (1972-2012): We have been online subscribers to the current content of this resource since ProQuest took over its publication in 2013, but we have now added 40 years of back content


  • Bibliography of British and Irish History: is an extensive guide to the published writings (books, book chapters and journal articles) on British and Irish history.
  • Iter Italicum: Brill and Iter describe this resource as “the most comprehensive finding list available of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world. Originally published in six volumes, between 1963 and 1992, it is an essential tool for any scholar working in the fields of classical, medieval, and Renaissance studies.”
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences XIV: An additional component to our JSTOR collection;  125 journals drawn primarily from the fields of Archaeology, Language & Literature, Communications Studies, Asian Studies, and Political Science.
  • Oxford Dictionaries: Please welcome Arabic and Portuguese to our Oxford family of dictionaries: Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, German, and French.


  • Philosopher’s Index with Full Text: on EBSCOhost: We upgraded our subscription to Philosopher’s Index (now retired) to the full text version.
  • ProQuest Congressional Base: This resource that provides access to congressional publications is now available to all of UST. In the past, our access was restricted to just the Law Library, but now all of UST may access.




UST Libraries are excited to be able to continually add new resources to our collection. If you ever come across something you’d like to see added, please let us know. Requests can be made directly to any UST Librarian or through one of our online request forms.