ProQuest has marked another milestone in ease of access to its rich research content. The full text of its scholarly content – including journals and working papers – is now indexed in Google Scholar, enabling Google Scholar users to seamlessly discover and access their library’s ProQuest collections. Efficiency and productivity for both ProQuest and Google Scholar users is improved, while libraries benefit from increased usage for their subscribed collections.
“ProQuest aims to continually empower researchers to be more productive and successful,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “That means removing obstacles between them and the content that helps them achieve their research goal. This collaboration is an important step in streamlining the workflow of these researchers.”
The collaboration between Google and ProQuest enables authenticated ProQuest users to be recognised at the ProQuest platform after they search using Google Scholar and connects them to full-text scholarly content in their libraries’ collections. Users who are not recognised are sent to a landing page with the abstract or an image of the first page, protecting all rights holders. To read full text, the users authenticate themselves using their library credentials. There is nothing for libraries to set up – the linking is seamless and automatic.
The agreement with Google is just one in a series of collaborations that ProQuest has with other information providers. Since 2014, it has been working with Ex Libris to enable interoperability of the companies’ discovery and management systems as well as access to ProQuest collections. In 2013, ProQuest and OCLC began a wide-ranging collaboration that shares metadata for ebooks and scholarly journal content.
Read more about what’s behind ProQuest’s collaboration with Google here: http://bit.ly/PQandGS