UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

E-Resources & Access Blog: Now with Twitter Feed

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:33 pm by irobb

Wondering what new innovations (or current problems) our online resource providers are in a twitter about? Wonder no more with the new Twitter Feed page on the E-Resources & Access blog.

…but our home-grown tweets still get the Home page.

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What is happening with EBSCOhost Databases?

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:33 pm by irobb

Just a heads up. There are some title URLs and coverage problems with various EBSCOhost databases. Per our good friends at Serials Solutions…

We are having data inconsistency issues… and are working to obtain the correct dates and URLs for every title.

So, keep emailing us if you run into problems, but be prepared for a bumpy ride.

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National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts: New Database

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:33 pm by irobb

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts is a new (and free!) Database we picked up with the migration to ProQuest’s new platform.

The NCJRS: National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database is published by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice’s National Criminal Justice Reference Service, an information clearinghouse for people around the U.S. and the world… The collection has been developed to meet the needs of criminal justice professionals, researchers, policymakers, and technical and legal experts.” –ProQuest

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E-Resource & Access Help (ejhelp): Limited Service Till September 6th.

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:33 pm by irobb

Beginning Friday, August 26th, there will be limited help available from the Library’s E-Resources & Access (ejhelp) unit till September 6th.

Please do continue to send in your questions/problems via our HelpForm or wherever you see the Access Problems? button during this time, but some questions will have to wait longer than normal for a response.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience, E-R&A.

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ProQuest Public Health: New Resource Trial

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:33 pm by irobb

ProQuest Public Health is a new and unique database; designed to be the ideal starting point for public health information and research. It delivers core public health literature with centralized access to over 690 publications with over 495 in full-text... ProQuest Public Health also includes current newspaper articles for uncovering timely results on the latest breaking topics…” -ProQuest.com

Trial runs from Aug 24, 2011 – Sep 30, 2011.

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RefWorks & New ProQuest Sites: Problems!

Posted on August 18, 2011 @3:28 pm by irobb

There are problems with the direct exporting of citations to RefWorks from the new ProQuest platforms. Patrons are being directed to the US server, then on re-direct to Scholar’s Portal (our Canadian instance of RefWorks), an error message appears.

The worse news is ProQuest expects it to be August 24th or as late as September 8th (!) before this is fixed.

Stay tuned.


The New “Search Collections” Portal: Where’s the ejournals?

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

If you are wondering where the ejournals are in the Search Collections Portal, it’s pretty simple.

Print and ejournals are under “Journals“. The search box on the left searches the UBC Catalogue for Print and ejournal titles. The search box on the right searches searches the Serials Solutions knowledgebase for ejournal only.

And what if you have a DOI or PMID number for an article? You can search those under “Indexes, Databases & Articles“, bottom right search box.

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ProQuest New Platform Migration Underway

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

*UPDATE* Migration nearly complete. Some smaller Databases (like “Ceramic Abstracts“) have been absorbed by larger Databases. Those Resource pages will point to the pages for the larger site. Please contact us if you have questions.

We are currently migrating ProQuest, CSA and a couple Chadwyck-Healey Databases to a new Platform. Here is the list (so far):

  • Hoover’s Company Records
  • Canadian Research Index
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • ARTbibliographies Modern
  • COS PapersInvited
  • COS Funding Opportunities
  • COS Scholar Universe
  • Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management
  • International Bibliography of Art
  • International Index to the Performing Arts
  • Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA)
  • PAIS International and PAIS Archive
  • ABI/Inform Global
  • ASFA – Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • British Periodicals I & II
  • Canadian Newsstand Complete
  • CBCA Complete
  • Design and Applied Arts Index: DAAI
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – Full Text
  • (note: a link for a database limited to UBC D&T’s has been added)
  • Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
  • ERIC
  • Index Islamicus
  • International Index to Music Periodicals, Full Text Edition
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • Materials Research Database (also called Metadex)
  • Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA)
  • Proquest Historical Newspapers (each newspaper has a link now)
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Zoological Record Plus

The Resource pages have been updated. Individual ejournal titles will be re-routed soon.

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Project Muse: Beta Site with eBooks Launched

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

Project Muse is doing two things in the new year: launching a new site and offering ebooks.

A pre-view beta site has been launched here.

The symbols on the left will clearly display the content that is currently available to UBC patrons. This will most likely change after the launch in January 2012, so browse and take advantage now. More info about the ebooks and the 2012 launch can be found here. NOTE: Open & Free titles on the beta site can be accessed from anywhere, BUT for our subscribed titles use this Library Resource page and go to the original site.

The beta site showcases Project MUSE’s sophisticated new cross-content, faceted search functionality, and allows browsing of books and journals side-by-side. A powerful new hierarchical subject structure permits users to drill down to the most relevant content, and encourages discovery. Over 300 digital books, from 27 publishers, are available for free sample access on the site during the beta period.” –Project Muse

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ebrary eBooks: Remember to Release Titles

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

Just a reminder: If you see this “Release This Title” button when looking at an ebrary ebook, PLEASE do click on it when you are done.

eBooks with this button are Single Use titles. This means that no one else can look at it until you release it (or a certain amount of inactive time passes after you leave the site –a drag for those waiting).

So, as it used to be “Be kind, rewind” when done with video tapes, think “Bring peace, release.” Well, you get the idea.

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