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Early English Books Online is migrating to the ProQuest Platform!
ProQuest is pleased to inform you that Early English Books Online will be moving from its legacy Chadwyck-Healey interface, to the powerful, newly-enhanced ProQuest Platform, starting Summer 2019! With its clean interface and responsive design, the ProQuest platform delivers a modern research experience that guides users’ discovery, access and management of rich, diverse content sources. As a result, Early English Books Online will be more discoverable as users will be able to cross-search its content along with scholarly journals, news, historical documents and other relevant sources.
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Dual access will start in Summer 2019 and is expected to last through the end of 2019!
What this means for you, is that you can explore Early English Books Online in a new environment – the ProQuest Platform!
- Newly-enhanced ProQuest platform. The modernized interface will consider the devices users are accessing the platform with, and the display will match the device (large monitors, standard desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones).
- Modern research experience, guiding discovery, access and management of content sources. In addition to an overall modern research experience, browsing the A-Z list of authors and book downloading into a PDF will be faster, and post-processing tasks, such as citing, saving and sharing materials into workflow tools is greatly enhanced.
- Cross-searchable with other entitled ProQuest databases.
What To Expect
- When dual access starts, you will have until the end of 2019 to acclimate yourself to Early English Books Online in its new environment! We encourage you to create new bookmarks, update your A-Z list and download new MARC records. You may also want to update your discovery tools to point your users to the new URL. Very early in January 2020, we will decommission the Early English Books Online legacy URL and redirects will point remaining users of the legacy site to the new version of the product on the ProQuest platform.
- During the dual access period, the final months of customers' usage of the legacy Early English Books Online site will still be available from the Administration Resources area of the legacy site (https://eebo.chadwyck.com). Once the legacy site has been turned off, via the redirect to the new instance, ProQuest will keep legacy usage statistics for approximately one year after the dual access period ends. Once you begin to use the new Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform, usage statistics pertaining to this new version of the product will be available via the ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM).
- Discovery services – Both Ex Libris PRIMO and SUMMON will enable the new feed to the new access URL at the time of launch so they can direct queries to either the legacy or the new site until the end of the dual access period. At the end of the dual access period, the legacy Early English Books Online site will be disabled and customers will have to select the new version of Early English Books Online in their discovery tools.
- All Early English Books Online trials will be on the ProQuest Platform only, once dual access begins.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Will there be new Early English Books Online MARC records for PQIS to download?
New MARC records will be available for download from the ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM). The only update to the records as result of the migration will be the 856 field (the URL). As a result, customers of Early English Books Online will need to download new MARC records pertaining to the new version of Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform to replace their existing legacy site MARC records at some point during the dual access period.
- What will happen if we do nothing, if we don’t update the existing Early English Books Online MARC records?
Once the dual access period comes to an end, redirects will resolve any legacy site bookmarked pages to the new platform version of Early English Books Online. Even if catalogue records are not updated, the links they contain to the legacy Early English Books Online site will be automatically redirected to the relevant Early English Books Online records in the new version on the ProQuest platform.
- What would be the advantage of updating records when they are available?
The advantage of updating the records early is that an institution can choose to point patrons to the new ProQuest Platform version of Early English Books Online immediately, rather than waiting for redirects to kick in at the end of the dual access period.
- Can we have a sample MARC record for the new Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform?
Yes, but only AFTER the migrated version of Early English Books Online has actually gone live.
- What will happen at the end of the dual access period?
At the end of the dual access period all document-level durable URLs contained in existing Early English Books Online MARC records will be automatically redirected to the new, migrated version of Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform.
- What will happen to Early English Books Online bookmarks?
There will be an automatic redirect at the end of the dual access period for any durable URLs to Early English Books Online documents that users may have saved / bookmarked through using the Early English Books Online product.
- How about new (annual updates) that do not exist on the Early English Books Online legacy product?
Following the release of the new version of Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform, all subsequent content updates will be made to the new version of Early English Books Online only. MARC records pertaining to those content updates will contain links that will point directly to the relevant document on the new version of Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform.
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If the above information does not answer your questions feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist.