In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources.
Maximizing Access and Collecting/Analyzing Data via Discovery Products: Q & A with ProQuest’s Andrew Nagy
LJ, in cooperation with ER & L (Electronic Resources & Libraries), is presenting a series of three free webcasts focusing on best practices for Data-Driven Academic Libraries. ProQuest is the presenting sponsor of the series, and LJ reached out to Andrew Nagy, a Senior Product Manager, Discovery Services at Serials Solutions, for a vendor perspective on this essential best practice.
There is great hope that these rapidly maturing discovery products will not only promote information literacy strategies but also deliver what metasearch (or federated search) has failed to achieve—a Google-like interface that provides a fast, single point of entry to an institution’s relevant and vetted scholarly content. However, at the moment, even as libraries are struggling to reestablish themselves as a compelling place to start research, the three constituencies—libraries, content providers, and discovery service vendors—cannot even agree on a common vocabulary to describe what they do.
Serials Solutions, a unit of ProQuest LLC, and Elsevier are planning to index the full-text of SciVerse ScienceDirect content within the Summon web-scale discovery service, the companies announced today. Researchers will be able to search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks via the Summon service. See also in LJ: Idea Contest […]