UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

EBSCOhost Databases Down (27th March)

Posted on March 28, 2012 @9:42 am by madgett

*UPDATE* Databases are back!!*


Due to routine maintenance currently underway, we are experiencing temporary service interruptions for EBSCOhost… We apologize for this inconvenience and assure you that our engineering team is working on this top priority to restore service as soon as possible.

Stay tuned.

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ebrary: More eBooks to be Pulled

Posted on March 22, 2012 @1:56 pm by madgett

**UPDATE** The time is nigh! We’ve had some disappear already. The Catalogue should be updated early April.

On the heels of University of Toronto Press pulling ebooks from the Canadian Publishers Collection on ebrary, three other university presses are pulling their ebooks:

  1. McGill-Queen’s University Press
  2. Wilfred Laurie University Press
  3. University of British Columbia Press

The above publishers’ titles will be pulled in mid-March. The Catalogue and Summon will be updated then, but there may be some lag time with access lost before records are pulled.

The Canadian Publishers Collection is a “subscribed” collection, meaning we have not purchased the titles –only arranged for access. Any ebooks that we have purchased on ebrary will remain on ebrary.

But how can you tell a “Purchased” title from a “Subscribed” title on the ebrary site:

  1. on the ebrary site, go to the Advanced search screen
  2. set the first search box to  Search in Title   and add a known ebrary ebook title
  3. add a second search box to  Search in Collection   and pick  “purchased titles” from the drop-down
  4. click the “Search ebrary” button

If you get the result “Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any results. Please try a new search above”, we have not purchased the title. If in step #3 above you change “purchased titles” to “subscribed titles” and search again, you should now get a result showing.

A cumbersome process, we know, but we hope it will become more streamlined and easier to identify purchased/subscribed titles down the road. Contact us if you have any questions.


Benezit Dictionary of Artists: New Resource

Posted on March 8, 2012 @10:20 am by madgett

Emmanuel Bénézit’s Paris was the unrivaled center of Western art, the home of Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, and Matisse, and the birthplace of Impressionism, post-Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism. In this thrilling context, Bénézit (b. 1854) undertook the monumental project of the Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs… Now comprising fourteen volumes with entries on nearly 170,000 artists, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists is the most comprehensive source of artists’ biographies in the English language.”– Oxford Art Online

Look into the life of your favourite artist in “Benezit Dictionary of Artists“. Did you know Tom Thomson lived in “Seattle where he worked as a photo-engraver”?

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Adobe Reader X: Problems with ScienceDirect

Posted on March 8, 2012 @9:38 am by madgett

The Library uses Adobe Reader 8, so there is no problem within the Library. However, if you use Adobe Reader X on your personal computer, there are issues with ScienceDirect. Please read here for further details on the problem and a fix.

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Downloading an ebrary eBook: A New How-to Guide

Posted on March 5, 2012 @10:16 am by madgett

A bit confused by ebrary’s Download functionality? Please read this how-to guide for our Canadian Publishers, Canadian Public Policy and Canadian Health Research Collections.

[NOTE: UBC’s “sign in” for the ebrary Bookshelf is in the upper right of the ebrary website  and not exactly as shown in the guide below. At this time, the Library cannot guarantee support for the apps of various devices.]



Twentieth Century Drama: On Trial Now!

Posted on February 27, 2012 @2:20 pm by madgett

Featuring plays from noted playwrights as well as lesser known dramatists, the collection includes works by over 300 writers including Amiri Baraka, Noël Coward, Susan Glaspell, Langston Hughes, Brian Friel, David Mamet, Eugene O’Neill, John Osborne, Sean O’Casey, Harold Pinter, Bernard Shaw, Neil Simon, Gertrude Stein, Tom Stoppard, Derek Walcott, August Wilson and Elizabeth Wong.” –Twentieth-Century Drama website

Take a look at ProQuest/Chadwyck-Healey Twentieth Century Drama, on trial till March 31st.

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China Online Journals: Wanfang Has Moved, Old Links Broken

Posted on July 16, 2012 @5:06 pm by madgett

*UPDATE* Sadly, Wanfang is reluctant to supply Serials Solutions (the company that helps manage our online linking) with the new URLs. This means the individual links are still broken. Please use the link to the China Online Journals home page listed below.

China Online Journals has changed its URLs. Unfortunately, our links haven’t switched over as quickly and all links to the individual ejournals lead to an error message.

While this gets sorted, please use the new China Online Journals home page and look for individual ejournals there. We hope the updating won’t take long. Thanks for your patience.

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Journal of Chemical Education: Access restored!

Posted on February 21, 2012 @11:06 am by madgett

We have had many inquiries about “Journal of Chemical Education” from the American Chemical Society. Finally, access has been restored.

Link from here and enjoy!

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Underground & Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: On Trial

Posted on February 20, 2012 @1:11 pm by madgett

ComixUnderground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels is the first ever scholarly, primary source database focusing on adult comic books and graphic novels… The current release contains 289 comic series, 1,602 comic books totalling 100,975 pages.” -Alexander Street Press

On trial till March 16th. Remember to give feedback on this resource.

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ClinicalKey: on Trial

Posted on February 16, 2012 @3:16 pm by madgett

What is ClinicalKey?

ClinicalKey is not just a conventional clinical search engine, but a clinical insight engine designed specifically to address physicians’ 3 key search requirements.

  • Comprehensive: Supplies answers from the largest collection of medical resources in every medical and surgical specialty, and includes an integrated Medline and link resolver for access to third-party, full-text journal content
  • Trusted: Authoritative medical and surgical content from Elsevier Speed to answer: Smart Content enables fast discovery of the most relevant answers, plus more intuitive searching
  • Intuitive: Information is structured to align with doctors’ workflows, whether they are treating and diagnosing patients, staying current in their field, or preparing care plans

Take it for a spin between now and April 1st. Don’t forget the Feedback Form.

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