UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

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 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


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:

…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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CiNii Open Access: “Shouldn’t we have access?”

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

We do have access. Just not as much as advertised.

Unfortunately, many of the coverage dates for CiNii: Open Access Journals in our ejournal A-Z list exaggerate our access. We are working to get these dates corrected. Do continue to let us know when the coverage dates are wrong.

Sorry for any confusion and inconvenience.

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Emerald eJournals & eBooks: More Added!

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

Our access to ejournals & ebooks from Emerald has grown.

Along with Emerald Management Plus [ currently offering 225 journals from 24 management disciplines  ] we now have:

  • Emerald Engineering eJournal Collection – includes all 19 journals within Emerald’s engineering, materials science and technology portfolio.
  • Emerald Business, Management and Economics eBook Series Collection – over 550 volumes from more than 70 book series titles. The series features topical, international and authoritative content from many fields including strategy, economics, accounting and finance and human resource management.
  • Emerald Social Sciences eBook Series Collection – includes more than 240 volumes from over 35 book series titles. The collection will be of interest to researchers in the fields of education, environmental management/environment, health care management/healthcare, language and linguistics and sociology and public policy.

All collections can be accessed from our Emerald Resource Page.

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China Academic Journals & CNKI Titles: Sites Down

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

**UPDATE** The power is on and the journals are back*

Due to power outages at the platform site, several Chinese journal collections are unavailable: China Academic journals from East View / CNKI. Stay tuned.

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