August 2013 Archives

Notice About Multimedia on OvidSP

from OVID:

Update on the Recent Multimedia on Ovid Release

Dear Ovid Customer:

Following up on our early August communication, we have listened closely to user feedback about the introduction of multimedia. We are introducing the following updates today that will give users more flexibility when handling multimedia in search results.

  • Include Multimedia Checkbox - allows you to choose whether or not to include Multimedia as part of your search
  • Removal of Thumbnails from Initial Search- you will no longer see thumbnails within your initial search results, but will have easy access to all results by clicking on the Multimedia results banner
  • Improved View By Results Toggle - shows you how many Text and Multimedia search results get returned

To see the detailed screen shots of the new improvements being introduced, click here. To download updated screen shots and user guides, please visit the ResourceCenter.

Please note, there have been no changes to the Multimedia Browse tab.

Additionally, if you previously contacted Support to suppress Multimedia results, this release will not affect your existing settings. When you are ready to roll out Multimedia on Ovid to your users, please contact Ovid Customer Support to update your settings.

PsycTESTS Surpasses 15,000 Total Records

PsycTESTS is an authoritative source for tests of interest to a variety of fields, and while focused on contemporary instances of test use, has coverage that spans more than a century. It serves as a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures, as well as a rich source of structured information about the tests. International in scope, PsycTESTS has grown from about 1,500 records at its launch in September 2011 to over 15,000 test records currently, including more than 11,000 actual tests or test items -- most of which are available for immediate download and use in teaching and research.

More information about PsycTESTS can be found at:

New Video Content Added to PsycTHERAPY from APA

PsycTHERAPY, the fully searchable database of psychotherapy demonstration videos was recently updated with 18 new videos, bringing the current total to 323. Among those added were videos from acclaimed therapists Hanna Levenson and the late Leigh McCullough, along with compelling new examples of approaches involving the use of Mindfulness and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

More information about PsycTHERAPY can be found at:

ProQuest Maintenance Window: August 24

On August 24, 2013, ProQuest will make storage infrastructure improvements to accommodate a growing number of users.

An eight hour (8) maintenance window is needed to perform the necessary infrastructure maintenance, lasting from 10:00 UTC through 18:00 UTC.

During this time your ProQuest databases will not be available.

Eastern Time: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 22:00 for eight (8) hours

New Alexander Street Interface FAQ

The new interface for VAST: Academic Video Online is now live. The new functionality is more intuitive, the multidisciplinary content loads and plays faster than ever before, and the powerful teaching, learning, and research tools offer unprecedented ways to explore, share, and connect with information.

Throughout the next few months, Alexander Street Press will migrate all of their collections onto this new interface. More information can be found in FAQ documents and video tutorials.

Alexander Street Press is also offering free access to VAST through September; sign up for a trial or contact Susan Buczkowski for an IP-based trial.

ProQuest Service Alert: CAPTCHA

from ProQuest

As ProQuest celebrates its 75th anniversary, we remain committed to innovation and continually enhancing our services to the library and research community.

Like you, we take our role as stewards of intellectual property very seriously. I would like to advise you that ProQuest is implementing use of CAPTCHAs to ensure appropriate use of our databases and content. I would like you to be aware of this in case your staff or library patrons have questions.

You've likely encountered a CAPTCHA in many different settings on the web. A CAPTCHA requires a user to type a series of letters, numbers, or words into a box to ensure a human being is making the request, rather than an automated tool, commonly called a bot. Once users enter the correct words or letters displayed, they may proceed with their tasks.

ProQuest is implementing CAPTCHAs because we have detected bots attempting to download information from our databases without permission. Using CAPTCHA will help protect the rights of copyright holders by ensuring that information is accessed only by authorized users.

Our system is tuned to minimize the impact on users, and we anticipate that the vast majority of users will not see CAPTCHA prompts. We expect to launch this initiative by Monday, August 19. If you have questions or concerns about CAPTCHA, please contact

As we have done for the past 75 years, we are committed to working with the library and research community to continually innovate and improve librarians' and researchers' outcomes. I welcome your suggestions and feedback for improvement. Please email me directly with your comments. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for being a customer. We appreciate your continued support of ProQuest.


Rafael Sidi
Senior Vice President and General Manager
ProQuest Information Solutions

New ERIC Website Released

from ERIC:

We wanted to let you know that the new ERIC website is now live at We encourage you to check it out and email me your feedback directly at

In the new site users can search for keywords, author, and title simultaneously
in the search box or they can use single terms. The way the findings are
displayed is new and was designed to both enhance clarity and to facilitate
narrowing of search results. Additional features and content will be added on an
ongoing basis through October.

Additionally, as ERIC transitions into a new contract cycle, there will be a
delay in indexing material. New material will not be released from August
through October. In October, the ERIC team will index any key material not
indexed during the transition period.

Thank you,


Erin Pollard
ERIC Project Officer

National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
Institute of Education Sciences
U. S. Department of Education

The Encyclopedia of Social Work has been available as a static, one-time purchase product since 2008. Now, through OUP's partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), this new online resource will build on that content with new and revised articles added monthly and supplementary multimedia content.

Access to the ESW is free through the end of August, after which time it will be available with a subscription.

Now through October 31, 2013, OUP is offering time-limited discounts:

  • 20% off the first year of a subscription at any user level
  • 50% off the first year of an unlimited user subscription for anyone who already owns the Reference Library edition of this title

All new subscriptions will be pro-rated to end June 30, 2014. Please contact CPERS for pricing.

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