Overview of the enhancements to the ProQuest interface

We’ve already streamlined access, making it easier for off-campus researchers to login and access ProQuest content. We’re now making more improvements. From a redesign of pages to improved mobile access, the upcoming changes to the ProQuest (search.proquest.com) interface will help researchers complete their tasks with new levels of success and productivity.

Why is the ProQuest interface being redesigned?

We are responding to feedback from users and librarians for a simpler, more productive workflow. The enhancements were driven by extensive user and librarian feedback, including direct engagement, testing, and in-depth analysis of usage patterns and behavior.

Further, the new design is more responsive and better supports the needs of users on tablets or mobile devices.

What will change in the ProQuest interface?

The enhancements were driven by extensive user and librarian feedback, including direct engagement, testing, and in-depth analysis of usage patterns and behavior. These enhancements can be organized through these three objectives:

Objective 1: Reduce complexity

Objective 2: User centered responsive design for a better reading experience

Objective 3: Document view

Has anything been removed?

Yes. We previously had a number of different search pages available. Based on low levels of use for some of these and conversations with customers and users, we have decided to remove the following: Obituaries, Look Up Citation, Find Similar, Data & Reports, Figures & Tables. The options available on those pages can be found within the Advanced search page. The basic search and Command Line search also remain.

Everything else is still available, but maybe just moved into a new location.

Is My Research still available?

It is and we have made no changes here.

You’ve removed some of the search pages - will my saved searches in My Research still work?

They will, but if you want to modify a previously saved search you might be taken to a different search page than the one you used originally. As an example, if you have saved a Data & Reports search, you will now be taken to the Advanced search page to make changes.

Will my search results remain the same as before?

We continue to add new content across our products but otherwise we’ve not made any changes to how searches are performed or the logic behind our searches.

Can I go back to the old interface?

We’ve made this change for all institutions and have replaced our old interface with one which we hope you will find much improved. Ongoing testing and previews with users and customers has given us confidence that the changes we’ve made are the right ones to make.

Where can I go if I have further questions about the changes or need more information?

Visit the ProQuest Platform Interface Upgrade Customer Resources, here you will be able to register for training sessions, link to our LibGuides, and find other useful information. If more information is required please contact ProQuest Technical Support.