Archive for the ‘Electronic services’ Category

ProQuest databases down Aug. 20-21, 2016

Many or all ProQuest databases will be unavailable for about eight hours starting Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm Central Time. It all goes well, the outage will end on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 at about 5:00 am. This is to upgrade their servers. ProQuest databases are: ABI/Inform Global, AFI Catalog, FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database, Film Index International, Historic Chicago Defender, Historic New York Times, Music Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Music Periodicals), National Newspapers (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post), Performing Arts Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Performing Arts), ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (formerly Dissertations Abstracts International) and ProQuest Religion. Please direct any questions to Jim Hobbs, Online Services Coordinator, at 504-864-7126 or hobbs at

Annual Reviews outage June 24, 2016

The Annual Reviews web site will be down for maintenance on Friday, June 24, 2016 beginning at 5:00 pm Central Time and lasting four hours.  During that time, you will be unable to retrieve full-text articles or do any searching.

ProQuest databases down Jan. 16, 2016 at 9:00pm

All ProQuest databases (includes ABI/Inform Global, IIMP-Full Text, IIPA-Full Text, Historic New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ProQuest Dissertations and ProQuest Religion) will be unavailable for maintenance on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 starting at 9:00 pm Central Time.  They have not provided a length of time for the outage nor when they anticipate returning to service.

Loeb Classical Library online has arrived!

Hundreds of our little red and green books are now available online.

They’re the Loeb Classical Library, with Greek and Latin texts from the Classical era face-to-face with English translations.  Published since 1911, these pocket sized books are the go-to source for original texts and English versions.  Perpetual access to these books has been purchased using the Bienvenue Classics endowment fund, honoring beloved Classics teacher Father Bienvenue, and established to add materials on Classical studies to our collection.  Features include single- and dual-language reading modes, annotation and bookmarking, a Greek keyboard for word entry, searching and browsing of all text, and every volume currently in print and all future additions.  All your favorites, like Sophocles, Euripides, Aristotle, both Plinys, St. Augustine, Euclid, Ovid, Strabo, Suetonius, Catullus, and many more are here!

You’ll find drama, mathematics, religion, natural history, ethics, philosophy: the whole array of thought on which Western Civilization was built. Having them online brings a whole new meaning to the medium of the “tablet!”

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.