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LISA Gets a New Home

LISA: Library and Information Science Abstracts, one of the key Information Science databases, has moved to the ProQuest platform. What does this mean for users? A new interface with some great features!

LISA has a couple of really helpful new search functions. If you are looking for a certain article but only remember a few details about it, maybe a couple of words from the title and the journal it was published in, the Look Up Citation function can help you find it. Looking for statistical information or illustrations related to your research? Try the Figures & Tables Search, which will let you define the exact type of information you want to include (e.g. graphs, maps, photographs).

On the results page, the limiters on the right-hand side will allow you to narrow down your results by categories such as source type and subject heading. There is also a date slider that not only lets you define the publication date range of your results, but also has a bar graph displaying the number of articles in each year. A handy Preview function lets you see each article’s full information without leaving the results page.

Once you have identified articles that you want to use for your project, you have several options. You can print out or save a copy directly from the database or you can email it to yourself or others. The email function has several options: you can send a link to the entry or the actual PDF, customize the exact information that is included in the message, and select which citation style (APA, MLA, etc.) to include. You can also export the citation information to reference management software like EndNote and RefWorks.

Users can set up an email alert or RSS feed based on a search string that will to let them know when new articles on a particular topic are available. You can also create a My Research account with ProQuest that will allow you to save and organize documents and searches on the ProQuest platform among other things. For more information on MY Research and the ProQuest user interface, check out their tutorials on YouTube.

For more information on LISA and other databases, visit the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin