UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

ProQuest Acquires CIS & UPA from LexisNexis

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


Several months ago, ProQuest acquired the acclaimed Congressional Information Service (CIS®) and University Publications of America (UPA) product lines from LexisNexis.  You can read more about this in the press release.

UBC Library subscribes  to two collections involved in the transfer.  After a bumpy transition, we’re happy to report our access is now active on the new platforms.

  • LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection (Congressional Publications) is now Proquest U.S. Serial Set Digital collection
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    Journal of Chemical Education: Access restored!

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

    Access has been restored to the Journal of Chemical Education from the American Chemical Society. Please clear your browser’s cache & cookies before accessing the journal here.

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    American Fisheries Society Journals: Now on InformaWorld

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

    And what does the move mean for accessing the journals? Previously, we had only a 5-year window of access in most cases. Now, we have access back to 1997 for several titles.

    American Fisheries Society journals links have been updated and will appear in the ejornal Portal (the ejournal A-Z list) tomorrow.


    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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