New Database: PhilPapers

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles by academic philosophers in all areas of philosophy, with a significant number of open access articles. The index allows users perform a simple or advanced search by words, author, publication, date and publication type or browse by structured areas, such as metaphysics and epistemology; science, logic and mathematics; and value theory; or by journal title.

PhilPapers has nearly 2,000,000 entries and 190,000 registered users. Account registration allows access to some advanced features, such as saved searches, but is not required to use the database.

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ProQuest databases will be temporarily offline

Over the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, January 28th-29th, one of our database vendors–ProQuest–will be upgrading its infrastructure during the following time period:

** Saturday, January 28th @ 10p through Sunday, January 29th @ 6a **

During this 8-hour window, some ProQuest databases and services will be temporarily offline, including:

Research databases
•    ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
•    ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
•    ProQuest Dialog (dialog.proquest.com)
•    ProQuest Archiver
•    ProQuest Trials
•    Chadwyck-Healey US databases
•    CultureGrams
•    eLibrary (all editions)
•    ProQuest Digital Microfilm
•    ProQuest Obituaries
•    ProQuest Research Companion
•    SIRS (all editions)
•    Ancestry
•    Sanborn maps

Dissertation publishing
•    ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator

Reference management/Research support tools
•    COS Funding Opportunities
•    COS Scholar Universe
•    Pivot
•    Papers Invited

We realize that some users may be affected, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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New Circulation Policy for Group Study Rooms

Beginning first day of Spring Semester 2017 we will be changing the length of time that our group study rooms may be checked out:

**Group study rooms now are available for 6-hour check-out period only, throughout the semester.**

The old policy allowed for a group study room key to be checked out by a group on a given day, with the requirement that the key be returned by the library’s closing time that same day. The only time limit imposed was an 8-hour check-out time, during finals each semester.

This past semester there was unprecedented demand for and use of the group study rooms. Most weekdays all group study rooms were checked out and unavailable by 11:30am.

After surveying students to find out if changes were needed, the results came back, with students recommending a 6-hour limit for use, and so this is the change we are making.

This will hopefully result in greater room turnover and more students having use of the group study rooms.

This new policy goes into effect Monday, January 9th and can be viewed here http://library.shu.edu/library/group-study-policy

Any questions or concerns should be directed to:

Sebastian Derry
sebastian.derry@shu.edu
Assistant Dean for Public Services
Seton Hall University Libraries

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