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EBSCO Academic Search Premier Replaces ProQuest Research Library

As of July 1, 2003, Academic Search Premier (ASP) from EBSCO will replace ProQuest Research Library in the Harvard Libraries e-resources collection.

A committee of Harvard librarians conducted a lengthy and detailed evaluation of ASP and ProQuest Research Library that involved:

  • an analysis of each vendor's title holdings and years of coverage;
  • an extended Harvard-wide trial of ASP;
  • an online survey of user satisfaction with both databases; and
  • meetings with both vendors.

ASP offers a greater number of titles, many of which are available in full text, and places a stronger emphasis on scholarly content. This will be of benefit to users and will use SFX linking to greater advantage.

The ASP database indexes 4,864 titles, of which 3,783 (78%) are full text; ProQuest Research Library indexes 2,832 titles, of which 1,955 (69%) are full text. In comparison to ProQuest Research Library, ASP provides a much greater net gain of full-text journals not available to Harvard from other providers: ASP provides 2,005 active full-text titles neither in ProQuest nor in the Harvard Libraries portal, whereas ProQuest only provides 398 active full-text titles not in ASP or the portal.

Other ProQuest products, such as ABI Inform and the Historical Newspapers collection, including backfiles of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, will remain in the Harvard Libraries e-resources collection.

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