UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek – Frei zugängliche E-Journals : re-named “Regensburg OA Collection”

Posted on February 21, 2013 @11:20 am by madgett

bulbWhen looking up an ejournal title in our ejournal Portal (the ejournal A-Z list), you may have seen a result that included a link looking something like:

Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek – Frei zugängliche E-Journals Note: Only select articles are freely accessible.

…and been confused as to what it meant (unless you can read German). To clear up some confusion, the link has been re-named:

Regensburg OA Collection

…as it is a collection of links to “free” ejournals maintained by the Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg (University Library Regensburg). But remember the added note –sometimes not every article is “free”.

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Little Cree Books: eBooks in Cree

Posted on February 8, 2013 @6:04 pm by madgett

ebookCame across this…

“The Little Cree Books below are the first in what we hope will become a large collection of online books designed for early Cree readers. Please check out the About the Project section of this website to learn more…” —Little Cree Books

maskosis okîsikâm (Little Bear’s Day)

askiw meskocipayowina (The Seasons)

Note: Creative Commons copyright licensing applies to all of the books, unless otherwise noted.

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Geographies of Globalization : Alternate Link to the eBook

Posted on January 31, 2013 @5:08 pm by madgett

To our patrons having problems accessing “Geographies of Globalization” on MyiLibrary, here is an alternate link [NOTE: this link will be functional as of February 1st]:

Geographies of Globalization

Now, there are a few restrictions on access to this ebook (set by the publisher, not us):

Access controls on this title is protected with DRM, which means:

  • • An online user session of 120 minutes per book
  • • up to 5 concurrent accesses per book for subscriptions, and one concurrent access per book for titles under perpetual ownership (so, please don’t leave the ebook sit on your computer if you are not reading it)
  • • a print allowance of 30 pages per user session
  • • a copy/paste allowance of 1000 words per user session
  • • offline (downloaded) copies valid for 3 days (print/copy/paste disabled). The validity period of downloaded copies may vary from institution to institution.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

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General Dentistry Access Down

Posted on February 5, 2013 @1:22 pm by madgett

*Access has been restored. Check it out here.*

It appears that we have lost access to “General Dentistry“.  We will post an update when we know more.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

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Off-Campus Access to Resources: EZproxy and myVPN Changes

Posted on January 16, 2013 @10:13 am by madgett

Due to security concerns and in order to be in full compliance with our license agreements, the UBC Library is now requiring off-campus patrons to use EZproxy for authentication & access to online resources. You can read the official statement here.

But I wanted to add a word of clarity about myVPN for staff and faculty. myVPN still exists (it is managed by UBC IT). It will no longer be usable for directly accessing online resources (as we will no longer send the IPs for myVPN to our resource Providers); however, if you have a workstation on campus you can still use myVPN to remote desktop your workstation from home and access online resources then from your workstation.

Hope that clears up any confusion.


eResources & Access: Open for Business… with a New Player!

Posted on January 16, 2013 @9:47 am by madgett

Happy (belated) New Year!

We are back in business and ready for your online resource related questions, problems and comments. As always, you can contact us via our Help Form. You can also follow us on Twitter, if you like.

And please join Irene and I in welcoming Corinne Shortridge to the eResources troubleshooting team.

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Christmas Closure for EResources & Access

Posted on December 18, 2012 @2:36 pm by madgett

Closed for ChristmasEResources & Access, including “ej-help” and the License folks, will be closed after Friday, December 21st and re-opening Wednesday, January 2nd. Any questions and emails that arrive after this Friday will be reviewed when we re-open.

Thanks for sending us your problems in 2012. Seriously, helping you is why we are here!

Have a great Christmas. See you in the New Year.

…and remember to check UBC IT Bulletins for general, campus-wide problems.

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Education Research Complete: EBSCOhost Site Unavailable

Posted on November 30, 2012 @11:23 am by madgett


We have lost access to the EBSCOhost database “Education Research Complete.”

…but we are working on it! Stay tuned.

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Emerald Site Down

Posted on November 30, 2012 @11:24 am by madgett


The Emerald sites seem to be down. This means that some others that re-route there (for example some ALPSP Learned Journals Collection titles) are also experiencing problems.

We will watch and update when they are back on line.

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SpringerLink Move to New Platform: Personal Accounts Won’t Migrate

Posted on November 14, 2012 @9:42 am by madgett

An update on the Springer migration to the new SpringerLink site. The change over will take place on Nevember 26th. And, unfortunately, any personal “My SpringerLink” accounts on the old platform will not migrate. You will need to create an account on the new site. Per Springer:

“Do our current SpringerLink users have to create new personal accounts on to make use of all personalization features, or will these personal usernames and passwords be migrated from SpringerLink?”

“Answer: Unfortunately, these personal accounts and usernames and passwords cannot be transferred and new personal accounts will need to be created to take advantage of personalization features.”

After November 26th, “You will need to go to and set up a new profile/account. Make sure to do this while within the institution’s IP range as you will then be automatically associated to the institution’s access rights.”

The new Springer site may offer to let you set up an ID & password for remote access. Don’t bother. All our remote access is via EZproxy, not individual IDs.

You can read about the new Springer site here.

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