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Widgets part of ProQuest's larger initiative to help libraries market their collections by embedding them into the users' workflow.

ProQuest has launched free search widgets for products on its CSA Illumina™ platform, including a dedicated widget for its CSA Illustrata™ product line.  The CSA Illumina and CSA Illustrata Search Widgets - portable search boxes - allow instant searching of these acclaimed research databases from any page of a library or university web site.  The widgets are part of ProQuest's larger initiative to help libraries market their collections by embedding them into the users' workflow.

“ProQuest aims to be an information partner with libraries,” said Mike Visser, director of platform management for ProQuest.  “For us, that means using technology to break down barriers between libraries and users.  These widgets are simple ways to bring the library to the user, wherever that might be.”

The CSA Illumina platform encompasses unique, sought-after research sources.  Its CSA Illustrata product line has become popular with researchers for its ability to surfaces relevant content from illustrations – information that’s often buried in traditional resources.  With the Search Widgets, anybody with access to the CSA Illumina Administrative Module can create simple customized search boxes that allow researchers direct access to CSA Illumina and CSA Illustrata databases from any Web page – from course pages to email messages.     The search boxes carry CSA Illumina and CSA Illustrata logos -- so that users know they're searching deep web content form the library, rather than the free Web.  The widgets’ flexible "plug and play" design lets libraries set their own search parameters, varying them with the context.   For example, a professor can put the Widget on a course page to facilitate research for their class, preloading it with search terms that guide their students. 

To create a Search Widget or Custom Categories for Illumina or Illustrata login to CSA Illumina’s Administrative Module. If you have questions or concerns about how to use either tool please contact

About ProQuest
ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as Chadwyck-Healey™, UMI®, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog® and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience.

More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.

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23 January 2009

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