Kresge Library News: New Year, New Look for Many Databases

August 21, 2007

New Year, New Look for Many Databases

Welcome back to another school year! While many of you were gone for the summer, the database vendors have been busy making changes to their user interfaces. Here is a list of some of the databases that have been given a summer face lift:

  • Adforum

    The new interface features new colors and a new toggle search box for searching for searching by ad or for an agency.
  • Global Market Information Database

    There have been some significant changes to this database, which were covered in an earlier post. Most notable is the addition of a personal login requirement for downloading or exporting data.
  • LexisNexis Academic

    The new 'Easy Search' feature allows for general keyword searching across several different sources available from LexisNexis, without having to select a category prior to searching. In addition, advanced search screens for Legal, Business and People data are also available.
  • Market

    The new front page provides a 'Browse by Industry' section for accessing reports, as well as a new search box, in the middle of the page. Search results are ranked by relevance and are easier to read.
  • ReferenceUSA

    The new interface provides a drop down menu at the top of each page for access to the Business or Residential listings. Items not available through the Library's subscription are in gray. The Custom Search tab lets you create your own search form with just the criteria you want to search on. The listings screens have been reorganized and are cleaner and easier to read.

During the coming term, several other databases will get a new look at well:

  • Business Monitor Online
  • Mintel
  • Thomson ONE Banker

If you have questions about these databases, or any of the other resources available from the Kresge Library, please contact us at, or stop by the Reference Desk.


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