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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, 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, Music

Dylan Represents!

Did you catch Bob Dylan’s concert last week?  According to a list just published on Buzzfeed, he is the most critically acclaimed rock star ever to come from Minnesota.  I think his album cover definitely makes Minnesota stand out on this map, don’t you?

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Buzzfeed cited a study from Acclaimed Music, “a website that crunches and compiles best-of lists to determine critics’ general consensus.” I liked reading through their list, but I have to admit I felt a little clueless about some of the bands.  And as I sat there scratching my head thinking about where to find more information about them, I realized: the library has entire Biography subject guide filled with great resources for finding information about your favorite musician/film star/historical figure/you-name-it. Awesome!

The guide has information about how to  articles, books, and more.  Although I know you may be thinking that Wikipedia is better, humor me for a  moment and think of this: EVERYTHING on the subject guide is from a reliable source your professor would be more than happy to let you use for your next research paper.  Even more awesome!

We have quite a few options for biography research, but my favorite library resources for finding info about musicians are the following:

Have fun searching! I’m off to listen to some music…

Art, Database Highlights & Trials, Services

Featured Librarian: Kate Burke

It’s time for the third in our Featured Librarian series!

This week I spoke to Kate Burke, a reference and student experience librarian at the St Paul campus.   You’ll see her in a wide variety of classes as well as heading up many of the fun activities that happen around the libraries.  Here is what she had to say:

  1. What departments are you a liaison for?kate
    I am responsible for Art History, Philosophy, Air Force ROTC, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, and Geographic Information Systems and Computer and Information Sciences.
  2. What resource – in your topic area – do you think is the coolest?
    I love ARTstor
  3. What’s one cool thing that resource can do?
    ARTstor can be used by all students to help them create awesome presentation using fabulous artwork

Getting to know Kate…

  • What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
    Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Chocolate Chip.
  • Who is your favorite author?
    I love Jane Austen and Sue Grafton.
  • Do you prefer the Minnesota Twins or the St Paul Saints?
    As a native St. Paulite, I am going with the Saints.
  • Is there something random about you that you’d like us to know?
    I make a wicked Angel Food cake.  There is no box involved.  It is completely homemade.  All my children ask me to make it for their birthdays.

Kate may be contacted by email, or by phone at (651) 962-5027.  See more information about her on the library website.

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events, Political Science, Services

Featured Librarian: Linda Hulbert

It’s time to feature another UST Librarian! Linda Hulbert wears many hats around UST Libraries; as both a subject liaison and the Associate Director of Collection Management and Services, she oversees quite a few resources.  Let’s see what she has to say about her favorites…

  1. What departments are you a liaison for? Political science and General
  2. What resource – in your topic area – do you think is the coolest?
    OK!  I love The New York Times Historical.
  3. What’s one cool thing that resource can do?
    I don’t know that it’s the best resource for my students who work in the area – but I do know that it is so cool to have current events and see when the first time certain terms were used – like suicide bomber.  I love the fact that you can look at how the country was looking at events contemporaneously – like the Civil War.  For my political science research, I also really like the papers in CQ Researcher.

Getting to know Linda: 


  • What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
    Anything with chocolate, fudge, and caramel
  • Who is your favorite author?
    I have to many: William Styron for Sophie’s Choice; Graham Greene for Quiet American; Maeve Binchy for wonderful warm fiction; Elizabeth George – Lynley mysteries;  Rushdie – Enchantress of Florence.
  • Do you prefer the Minnesota Twins or the St Paul Saints?
    Neither. Baseball, meh – now let’s talk about the Packers!
  • Is there something random about you that you’d like us to know?
    I have a one year old grandson, and one on the way – so fun!

Linda can be contacted for research assistance or classroom sessions by email, or by phone at (651) 962-5016.  See more information about her on the library website.

Business & Economics, Database Highlights & Trials, Services

Featured Librarian: Marianne Hageman

Welcome to new series here on the blog: the Featured Librarian!Marianne

We figured it would be fun for everyone to know who we are and, along the way, learn a bit about what we love about the place we work.  First up is Marianne Hageman, a business librarian who works mainly on the St Paul campus.

Here are some answers she gave in a recent interview:

  1. What departments are you a liaison for?
    I’m a liaison librarian for business, specializing in (but not limited to) marketing resources. I’m also liaison for the advertising and PR side of COJO.
  2. What resource – in your topic area – do you think is the coolest?
    That’s hard, since we have so many cool resources. But I’ll give a huzzah to MRI+ Mediamark Reporter, the demographics database.
  3. What’s one cool thing that resource can do?
    MRI+ can give you information on who buys what, and then ties that to different characteristics, including what magazines people read and the kinds of television programs they watch. There’s a separate section for teen data, and it’s pretty cool (or creepy, depending on how you look at it) to see what teens like to eat for breakfast.
  4. Who is your favorite author?
    I can’t limit it to just one! A favorite author from childhood is Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the “Anne of Green Gables” books and so much more. She’s a great comfort read. A favorite British author, recently deceased, is Diana Wynne Jones, who wrote “Howl’s Moving Castle” (made into a film by Hayao Miyazaki (it’s a great film, but the book is better.) A favorite Minnesota author is Lois McMaster Bujold; I’m working on reading all of her books this year. If you ask me tomorrow, I might have a different list.

Marianne can be contacted for research assistance or classroom sessions by email, or by phone at (651) 962-5404.  See more information about her, and schedule a research consultation, on the library website.

Database Highlights & Trials

Bible dictionaries

It’s that time of year (or semester) where we get a lot of requests for Bible dictionaries. If you are in the library, the librarian can point out where in the reference room you can find a multitude of them. But if you are at home, or in your dorm, or on the bus, or, or (you get my drift) you can still use UST libraries’ Bible dictionaries. We have the Oxford Dictionary of the Bible and the Oxford Annotated Bible Dictionary – this one is in the Oxford Biblical Studies resource.  To get to the Oxford Annotated Bible, go to Oxford Biblical Studies, click BROWSE and then BROWSE BIBLE TEXTS:


You’ll see several Bible texts, but the Annotated Bible should be the first listed.


Just using the Oxford Biblical Studies resource itself can probably answer a lot of questions you may have. It’s a pretty robust, in-depth source on the Bible.

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events, Uncategorized

UST Libraries to cancel subscription to Kompass

The libraries first subscribed to Kompass in 2004 and at the time it was the only resource that provided international company and industry information. Since that time the libraries have acquired other databases that provide the same type of information, most notably Euromonitor Global Market Information Database and OneSource Global Business Browserwhich contains data from Kompass and other international company sources. While Kompass is not an expensive product, especially compared to other business databases, the business librarians felt the information in Kompass is readily available in other sources and the money needed to pay for Kompass would be better used on other products.

Therefore, we will be cancelling the title and it will disappear on March 31st. Please send your comments and concerns to Andrea Koeppe 2-4674 or

Database Highlights & Trials

What’s new… Proquest

While you were away in January skiing in Switzerland or snorkeling in Aruba or slaving away 50 hours a week at your dad’s company to pay for next semester, we at the library have been coming up with a lot of new things.  I’ll spend the next few blog posts revealing the new and the fancy.

First and foremost was a change of look and function in over 30 library databases.  You may be familiar with the brand Proquest.  It used to look like this:  proquest

Or maybe you were used to using CSA which looked like this:


But now if you do a search in

They will now look like this:


The big deal isn’t so much how it looks, but how it works.  Now when you get results in a Proquest database, you’lproquest3l be able to do a ton of new things. You can combine several (or all) Proquest databases to search them only once. This would be great for all the sociology/social science databases.  Another thing you can do is limit by source type.  Let’s say you only want scholarly journals on a topic.  Boom!  Limited to only scholarly journals with the click of a mouse.  Some of the best new features come in the form of MY RESEARCH.

No sign-up needed.

Without an account you can…

  • View your selected items
  • Create a bibliography
  • View and combine your recent searches
  • Print, email and save items
  • Export to a citation management tool

Learn more…

Save it for later.

With an account you can…

  • Save articles, images and searches
  • Organize your research with folders
  • Add tags and create lists to share
  • Set ProQuest preferences
  • Manage your alerts and RSS feeds

Sign in or Create an account

Hey RefWorks fans!

Connecting accounts is easy…

Add items to RefWorks with a single click. You can connect your account to My Research during sign-up or any time after. When you do, have your RefWorks login information ready.

Learn more…

That’s the first of 3 installments of what’s new with library databases.  I’m sure you’re just on the EDGE of your seat waiting to hear what else we did.

News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Free, direct mobile access to Chronicle of Higher Education now available

Do you want access to the Chronicle of Higher Education from your mobile communication device? Want to skip the library login process for gaining access? The Chronicle of Higher Education now provides direct and mobile service to its content (UST Libraries is covering the extra fee for this) in addition to campuswide access through the library website.

Any current UST faculty, staff or student who has or creates a free Chronicle account with their “” address now will be able to do the following:

  1. Access premium content posted at from any location
  2. Access premium content from one’s smart phone
  3. Sign up for free e-newsletters such as Academe Today and the new Global Edition
  4. Sign up for job alerts
  5. Participate in Chronicle forums
  6. Comment on Chronicle articles
  7. E-mail Chronicle content to colleagues

All that is required is a free Chronicle account, which can be created by going to and clicking on the “create” link at the top, right-hand side of the page.