UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

360 Link: Our New OpenURL Resolver

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

As part of the implementation of our new Summon discover service (the “Start Here” box on the Library homepage), we are moving to a new OpenURL resolver: 360 Link from Serials Solutions.

What’s this OpenURL business all about? Remember the familiar button? That lead to our old OpenURL resolver SFX and then on to ejournal articles or ebooks.

Our eerily familiar new button leads to our new OpenURL resolver 360 Link. So, the new button works the same, but leads to a better place. Here is an example!

Your citation (in this case for an ejournal article) is at the top. You have a choice of sources for the article. Some links lead to the Article itself, others to just the Journal level. If there is no online access available, you can search the UBC Catalogue. Still nothing? Try InterLibrary Loans. Simple.

While we implement this new software, there will be overlap. So, you will see both the old SFX and the new 360 Link for the next couple weeks.

Questions? Problems? We’re just a Help Form away.

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Naxos Video Library: On Trial Now

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

Naxos Video Library offers an extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Watch the world’s greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand!

Note: Adobe Flash Player is required.

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EbscoHost Databases No Longer Support Internet Explorer 6

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

If you are clinging to a retro version of IE, time to move on.

EbscoHost databases (and we subscribe to a lot) now require Internet Explorer 7 or later. You can download the latest version (Internet Explorer 8) for free HERE.

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Kokushi daijiten: Encyclopedia of Japanese History (Trial)

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

Kokushi daijiten is a digitized version of all 15 volumes (17 books) of one of the largest encyclopedias of Japanese history. It encompasses every aspect of Japan’s history and includes entries in related fields such as archaeology, folklore, religion, art, Japanese language, Japanese literature and geography.

Take a look at Kokushi daijiten while it’s on trial, and remember to give us some feedback.

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History in Video: Trial Databases

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

Is it almost like being there? Check out American History in Video and World History in Video and see for yourself.

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion.

World History in Video is a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century.

NOTE: This product is optimized to operate with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, and Firefox 3.0 or higher. Audio and video resources are accessible with Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher. There is no mention of Safari on the site.

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Medical Business and Policy: Longwoods Videos & Audio

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

Longwoods has some audio and video files related to the business and policy side of medicine. As a UBC person, you should be able to listen/view here, whether on or off campus.

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Open J-Gate Links: Down for Today

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

Open J-Gate (an aggregator of “free” journals) has shifted their URL from a .org to a .com, it seems. What does that mean? Currently, all links to titles in this database from the ejournal A-Z list are broken. A refresh overnight should fix this.

If you can’t wait –and why should you?– go to http://www.openj-gate.com and browse for your journal title.

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U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection: Access Down

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

UPDATE: March 31, 2011 – Access Restored on new Proquest Platform – for details see: ProQuest Acquires CIS & UPA from LexisNexis

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Due to a change in provider (the collection has moved from LexisNexis to ProQuest), a new agreement for this collection needs to be negotiated. We are working on it.

In the meanwhile, 1789-1954 are also available in opaque microform, AW 10 U48 Koerner Library Microforms.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Add LexisNexis Statistical Insight to this problem, too. Library Has the following in print holdings:

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IEEE Xplore: Site Down Due to Storm

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

*UPDATE* They found their snow shovels. IEEE back online.*

IEEE reports its Xplore Digital Library is down due to storms on the East Coast. You can follow their tweets as they try to get back online at:

http://twitter.com/IEEEXplore

…or look for print copies of what you need in the Library Catalogue.

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Gale’s “Literature Criticism Online” Titles: Some Full-Text Gaps

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:36 pm by irobb

If you are ever read a .pdf online from one of Gale’s “Literature Criticism Online” titles, such as:

  • Children’s literature review
  • Classical and medieval literature criticism
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Drama criticism
  • Literature criticism from 1400 to 1800
  • Nineteenth-century literature criticism
  • Poetry criticism
  • Shakespearean criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Twentieth-century literary criticism

… and come across a mostly blank page that says “Text Not Viewable Online”, here is what’s going on per Gale:

Occasionally a critical essay or image may not be included due to licensing issues. On the pdf pages missing essays, a message will appear that reads “Text Not Viewable Online””

To find the missing essay, you should look to see if a print copy is held by the Library [search the Catalogue for the book/journal title -not the essay title] and if not, contact InterLibrary Loans.

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