UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

JAMA & Associated Archives: Access Problems

Posted on January 18, 2011 @5:48 pm by irobb

Unfortunately, we are experiencing problems accessing issues prior to 1998 for JAMA and many of it’s associated archives (such as “Archives of General Psychiatry”). We are working with the publisher to fix this.

Stay tuned!

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Permanent URLs: More “PURLs” of Wisdom

Posted on January 14, 2011 @3:00 pm by irobb

The Distance Learning Support Librarian has put together a brief guide for creating Permanent URLs for subscribed resources.  The guide “Creating Persistent URLs” is found here. PURLs for the Library’s Catalogue are covered here as well.

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SwetsWise / ALPSP Platform: building PURLs?

Posted on January 13, 2011 @3:06 pm by irobb

First, a “PURL“? That’s a Permanent URL. Meaning that you can send the link to a journal or article to someone and they can click that link and see the same journal or article.

Platforms like EbscoHost help by providing a button: one click and a PURL is automatically created. SwetsWise / ALPSP however, is trickier. And copying the URL from the browser doesn’t work. Here is what you need to do;

  1. start with our EZproxy pre-pend:    http://ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/login?url=
  2. build the 2nd half of the URL using this formula:    http://www.swetswise.com/link/access_db?issn=xxxx-xxxx&vol=x&iss=x&part=x&ft=1 => where you replace the x’s with the numbers for your specific item

So, for a journal with  issn=0300-0508 and you want an article in volume 62, issue 5 (the “part” is only filled in if it’s a supplement issue, don’t worry about the “ft=1” just add it), you would build this PURL:


…which you can send to your friends. Of course, they can only access the article AFTER authenticating via EZproxy if they are off campus. Note: The above PURL formula only gets you to the Table Of Contents for the journal issue. That’s as close as you can get to the actual article on SwetsWise


China Online Journals: Several links broken

Posted on January 11, 2011 @2:10 pm by irobb

Several of the ejournals in the “China Online Journals” series leads to an error message:


Bad Request

The file you are requesting does not exist.


We are in contact with the vendor and hoping for a fix. Stay tuned.

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Early American imprints: Series I, Evans (1639-1800)

Posted on January 10, 2011 @10:50 am by irobb

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 is regarded as the definitive resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America. It provides full-text and full-page-image access to books, pamphlets and broadsides printed in America from 1639-1800. The content is based on the renowned American Bibliography by Charles Evans (14 vols., 1903-34, 1955-59); and subsequent bibliographic works by Roger Bristol, James Mooney and Clifford Shipton.

This digital collection contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period. It includes more than 36,000 printed works and 2.3 million pages, providing access to new imprints not available in microform editions.

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2010 Holiday Closure of eResources & ej-help

Posted on December 21, 2010 @5:51 pm by irobb

**UPDATE**eResources is back in business. Happy New Year!**

Yes, we put down our mouses and pick up our mugs at this time of year, so let’s hope access remains “jolly” over the holidays. eResources will be closed from Noon December 24th and re-opening January 4th, 2011.

PLEASE DO contact us about any problem via our Help Form. Just be aware that you won’t get a response till we get back on January 4th, 2011.

Merry (place holiday of choice here) from eResources. See you in 2011!

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Credo Reference: Give it a try today! (trial)

Posted on December 10, 2010 @6:42 pm by irobb

Credo Reference is a giant online reference library that provides access to a wide selection of reference books. Credo Reference contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopaedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from accounting to zoology, via maps, math, management, martial arts, media studies, medicine, mountains, moons, music, multimedia, mythology, etc.

Like it? Not a fan? Let us know here.

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EZproxy Barcode & PIN log-in down: Use Your CWL

Posted on December 6, 2010 @11:29 am by irobb

*Problem fixed*

The Barcode & PIN log-in (the left-hand part of the EZproxy screen) is having a bad Monday. Please use your CWL for now when passing through EZproxy. Repairs underway. Watch for updates.

…or, if connecting from off campus, log into myVPN as an alternative.

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ALPSP Learned Journals: EZproxy Error Message

Posted on November 30, 2010 @6:05 pm by irobb

*EZproxy working for this collection now. Clear browser’s cache & cookies and link away*

Linking to the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection from our ejournal A-Z list or via SFX (our OpenURL resolver) is leading to an error message some thing like…

To allow http://www.swetswise.com/link/access_db?issn=1387-2877 to be used in a starting point URL, your EZproxy administrator must first authorize the hostname of this URL in the config.txt file.

Within this database’s section of config.txt, either the following line must be added:

Host www.swetswise.com


We are looking into the problem. To get around this error on campus only, you can cut & paste whichever URL appears after the “To allow” (at the start of the message). Stay tuned.

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ESRI International User Conference: 2010 Technical Workshops

Posted on November 29, 2010 @2:31 pm by irobb

Billed as the “BIGGEST GIS event on Earth”, the 2010 ESRI International User Conference was held in held in San Diego, CA July 12-16, 2010. Here are the Technical Workshops from that conference in video, print, PowerPoint and audio formats.

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