Back in November, we began a trial of ProQuest Central, a collection of over 21,000 journals. Articles from these journals were made available in Library Search, and directly through ProQuest's platform.
You've told us that broken links are a major source of frustration with Library Search, and the main culprits are links to our large database subscriptions, such as Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete. We arranged a trial to a competitor of these two databases to see if it improved your experience of broken links and also if you preferred the content. We're nearly at the end of the trial, and we'd like to know your thoughts. Please provide your feedback via our survey.
Some of my Resource Lists have bookmarks from this trial, how can I keep accessing the content?
We've checked Resource Lists for any ProQuest Central items, and have got alternative sources to the same content, so you shouldn't be missing out.
What's next for Library Search?
In a week or so, we'll be asking you to participate in a study to find out how you discover, access and use information. After that, we'll pull together all the feedback we've received so far, and put together a plan to develop Library Search.
How will ProQuest Central feedback affect what happens to Library Search?
We've now got a solid set of statistics to compare our current subscriptions against ProQuest Central. We'll be taking a closer look at usage over the past few months, as well as your feedback through the survey, before we make any recommendations.