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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, Libraries, News & Events, Services

Do you Summon?

Hi Students! As your research is gearing up this semester, we have a question for you:

Do you Summon?

Summon is a Google-like search tool here at UST Libraries, and you can use it just like you’d use Google…Go ahead and search our databases, book catalog, video collection, and more – all at once!

We know your professors ask you to find specific types of resources for assignments.  With Summon, you can easily filter for peer-reviewed articles, items published in a particular time range, and more.  Even better, it automatically refers you to a relevant UST librarian if you need more help!

Watch the short video below for more great tips and hints about using Summon, and (as always), Happy Searching!

Business & Economics

Industry information: new and improved!

“New and improved” is one of those standard tag lines in business, but we really have seen some cool industry stuff lately in our business resources. Fans of IBISWorld, that great source for mid-level industry overviews, may have noticed an increasing number of OD reports. Now these aren’t “ODD” reports, they’re “OD,” which stands for On Demand. Businesses order these reports from IBISWorld and, once they’re delivered to the client, IBIS can resell them. There are about 600 of them now, in addition to the 700+ regular reports in IBIS. St. Thomas pays a little extra for them, and they’re worth it. Besides 3D Printer Manufacturing (OD4428) and Ethnic Supermarkets (OD4333), where else would you look for reports on Sports Video Game Publishing (OD4860) and my personal favorite, Chocolate Stores (OD5339)? One can only say that the revenue outlook is Sweet.


Another resource near and dear to the hearts of business researchers is ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry. Despite its less-than-glamorous name, ABI Trade is a great source for high fashion news, as well as market trends, and product announcements of all sorts. This is due to its great coverage of trade journals, which is a publication covering, and intended to reach, a specific industry or type of business. ABI also has a bunch of industry reports, which until recently have not been easy to find. But now you can search them more easily through ABI’s Data & Reports tab, or best of all, browse them through the Browse tab:


Here’s an example, Food and Drink:


As we move toward project deadlines and the end of fall semester, keep a warm place in your heart for industry overviews. Well, maybe not. But keep them in mind for your research projects, and spring job-hunting.

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Music

Listen to Hometown Musicians at the Library

Sad because the Minnesota Orchestra  is still locked out and we are all missing out on their music? You can partially fill the void by listening to Minnesota Orchestra recordings on audio CD’s or via online streaming audio.localmusic

The Music Resource Center (rm 103, Brady Education Center) has about 25 audio CD’s available for check-out, including all of the critically acclaimed Osmo Vanska recordings of the Beethoven symphonies (and yes, they indeed are wonderful). For online options, try Naxos Music Library, which also has many recordings of the orchestra.

Interested in other local classical ensembles? More recordings from many other hometown ensembles are available either for checkout at the Music Resource Center or for online listening via Naxos Music Library and DRAM, including:

Want to listen really close to home? The Music Resource Center has CD’s and DVD’s of St. Thomas musical groups in concert, faculty recordings, prominent organists in recital on the Chapel’s fine Kney organ, and the popular Christmas concerts. And check out the Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s online recordings via Naxos.

Happy hometown listening!

Business & Economics, Database Highlights & Trials

Happy Valentine’s with Euromonitor Passport!

Welcome to Spring Semester, business researchers!

We’re less than one week away from Valentine’s Day, and I thought it was a good time to share some interesting Valentine’s-themed nuggets of note our vendor has shared with us that will (hopefully) help you to fall in love with one of our favorite market research databases: Euromonitor Passport GMID!

First, the Dashboards in Euromonitor Passport GMID reveal that the US is the largest market in the world for chocolate confectionery.  Good news for chocolate lovers, but growth in this market has declined since 2009.


Secondly, Mars is the dominant player in the confectionery market after overtaking The Hershey Company in 2008 (I’m excited to see Lindt and Ferrero on this list, personally).

And finally, if jewelry is more your style this Valentine’s Day, new data available for Passport Industrial reveals that Tiffany’s is the largest producer of jewelry in the US.

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Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Why the Blackouts? Info on SOPA; alternatives to Wikipedia

Have you noticed that Wikipedia and other sites are “blacked out” today?

Many tech companies have decided to go dark for 24 hours on January 18, 2012 as an advocacy move to fight against adoption of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and a related act dubbed PIPA that seek to regulate online piracy and copyright infringement.  These opponents are concerned about potential threats to privacy and the open-ness of the internet.

For more on the issue, here are some resources:

For usable, every day quality information as an alternative (or in addition to) Wikipedia, try some of these UST Libraries subscription resources:

Ask a Librarian if you’d like some help.