Archive for the ‘Electronic services’ Category

Elsevier ScienceDirect outage Aug. 1, 2015

Elsevier’s ScienceDirect electronic journal system will be down for maintenance on Aug. 1, 2015.  Maintenance is scheduled to begin at 5:00 am Central Time and is expected to last about four and a half hours.  Their Mendeley system will also be down at the same time.  We are unable to predict when the outage will be over if it extends beyond 9:30 am Central Time.  Continue to try the system peridoically after 9:30 am if it is still not up.  Thank you for your understanding.

ProQuest databases out Aug. 8, 2015 for 8 hours

The entire ProQuest family of databases will be down for maintenance on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 starting at 9:00 pm Central Time, for an anticipated eight hours, or ending at 5:00 am Central Time.  This family includes these databases:  ABI/Inform Global, Historic New York Times, International Index to Music Periodicals-Full Text, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, ProQuest Religion, and current newspapers:  Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post (also called National Newspapers Core).  Please be prepared for a possible extension of the outage if their work is not complete by 5:00 am.  Alternative databases are often available.  Use the Research Guides to find other databases on your subject or wait until service is restored.

Who is LOUIS?

The billboards used to say “LOUIS, wasn’t he a fancy French king?”  The library’s LOUIS is the network of Louisiana college and university libraries.  The Monroe Library is a member along with LSU, Tulane, and every other Louisiana academic library.  Our membership lets us provide you with a huge discount on about a third of all the electronic databases we provide.  If we paid full price for all of these, our budget wouldn’t cover them all!  (We are always looking for a way to save money and extend our budgets!)  LOUIS just posted a brochure about its services and a short video.

Get It! and Journal Finder will be out May 1

The Get It! and Journal Finder services will be out starting Friday, May 1 at 9:00 pm.  The company that supplies these services is performing maintenance on the services that will last about two hours, according to them.  All databases will continue to work during this time.  It is possible that the update may take less time or more time than they are projecting.  They will not be notifying us when service is restored.

Now more local newspaper articles online!

We have recently added the New Orleans Advocate newspaper and Times-Picayune web-only content to our America’s News subscription. The New Orleans Advocate articles are often unique and don’t always appear in the Baton Rouge Advocate, which was always included in our America’s News subscription.  Give it a try to locate more local information!

Open Access Week

Oct. 20 through 26 is Open Access Week.  Open Access is the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research.  It has positive implications for publishing scholars and for students looking for free, high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship. Visit the Monroe Library’s Open Access guide and the Open Textbook guide for more information. video training has arrived is here!

The video computer training service is now at the Monroe Library!  It has over two thousand videos on audio, business, CAD, design, photography, video, and the web, like using Pintrest for your band or personal branding basics.  You’ll find how-tos for all Microsoft Office components, as well as software from companies like Adobe.

There are two workstations, one for students and another for staff and faculty.  The student station is a Macintosh, just outside the Media Services offices on the first floor.  The staff and faculty station is in Monroe Library Room 109.  The key for this room can be checked out at the Learning Commons Desk on the first floor, or reserved in advance by contacting Brian Sullivan at  We encourage users to be mindful of others who want to use the service and limit your time intelligently.  Questions go to Jim Hobbs at or 504-864-7126.