Posts Tagged ‘database’

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

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!

ATLA Religion (Update)

Click the following link to watch a larger version of the Atla Religion Database: Finding Articles on Books, Chapters, and Verses in the Bible tutorial.

Learning Express Library has practice tests

The Monroe Library added the Learning Express Library during the summer of 2008. It’s not a database of books or articles, but a service with lots of practice tests and ebooks for improving performance on academic and professional tests. Includes practice exams for GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and TOEFL. Also mathematics, reading, and other skill improvement tutorials. This service requires registration. Ask questions at the Learning Commons Desk in person or by telephone at 504-864-7111.

Academic Search Complete has changed

The EBSCOhost company has just made a major update to their user interface. That’s important because we get 56 databases from them – more than any other company! They produce important titles like Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete. They’ve made the initial page more Google-like, with a simple search box. The search results look different, too. There are many ways to focus your search, by year, type of publication, and other ways. Old features are still there; look at the top of the page and the sides for familiar functions. A great overview is available at Try it and let us know what you think at 504-864-7111. — Jim Hobbs,, 504-864-7126