UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical & Life Sciences Online Seminars

Posted on December 16, 2009 @11:48 am by irobb

HST_Logo“This collection of specially prepared animated audiovisual presentations with synchronized narration by world leading scientists is keeping researchers informed throughout the world.” -Henry Stewart Talks website

The audio visual presentations are organized into comprehensive series… from “Apoptosis” to “Epigenetics” to “Microarrays” to “Viruses and Viral Diseases” and much more.

Go to Henry Stewart Talks, plug in the headphones and soak it in.

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Bibliography of British and Irish History: Now Available!

Posted on December 14, 2009 @2:42 pm by irobb

BBIH logo“The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available – from 55BC to the present. It is the successor to the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History.”

The Bibliography aims to be as comprehensive as is practical for publications since 1900. Data from the London’s Past Online and Irish History Online has been added, and the Scottish Historical Review Trust has been involved as well.

Check out the 53 “Robin Hood, legendary outlaw” entries.

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American Geophysical Union: Dig into the Archives

Posted on December 7, 2009 @12:27 pm by irobb

Do you know about “The Magnetic Anomaly Near Kursk, Russia” investigated in the late 1800s? Or how Argon 40 was used in an attempt to calculate the age of the Earth in 1950? So, dig into the AGU archives and find out.

A selection of journal are available to explore, including Terrestrial Magnetism (from 1896 – 1898), Geophysical Research Letters (1974 – 2004) and Water Resources Research (1965 – 2004).

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China Online Journals: Wanfang Data URLs Need Updating

Posted on December 2, 2009 @12:05 pm by irobb

*UPDATE* Links in A-Z ejournal list now working. Wanfang-tastic, eh?

Currently, the URLs in our ejournal A-Z list are not working for many China Online Journal titles. The URLs are being updated. In the meanwhile, the journals and articles can be accessed and browsed at Wanfang Data’s Canadian Site. The SFX eLink is not effected. Stay Tuned.

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myVPN & EZproxy: Improved Access to Library Resources Coming Soon

Posted on November 30, 2009 @11:45 am by irobb

In a communiqué to library staff recently, Rue Ramirez, AUL Library Systems & Information Technology/Technical Services, talked about the forthcoming developments in remote access authentication which will serve Library users better.

Bridge_icon_purple_1inch “The introduction of the myVPN service is important because it promises to provide a scaleable, more stable, and robust method for remote users to securely access the campus network.”

“[T]he “old” VPN, in addition to the rewriting proxy (RSVPN), a separate proxy server, and a limited instance of EZproxy have never really represented a comprehensive method for remote access. Out of necessity, we’ve presented our users with a somewhat confusing and problematic array of options.”

“As a result, we have begun a coordinated move to make EZproxy our one remote access tool. As its name implies, EZproxy is easy for users… they’ll be asked to authenticate [using their UBCcard or CWL] and they’re in. The burden of work and configuration is on the back end, the Library’s end.”

“The myVPN service would …  be used as a backup in case EZproxy was unavailable.

“We are striving to …  move into full production by the end of the first quarter of 2010.”  –Rue Ramirez, AUL Library Systems & Information Technology/Technical Services (email 22Oct.2009)

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Nature Journals: Many Denying Full-Text Access

Posted on November 27, 2009 @5:19 pm by irobb

*UPDATE* Access seems to have been restored to our Nature titles.

For the time being, many Nature journals are not giving us full text access. The authorities have been notified. Stay tuned.

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Brill: Online Reference Works (Trial)

Posted on November 24, 2009 @3:53 pm by irobb

*UPDATE* Trial has now ended


We are currently offering a trial to all Brill Reference Works online. The resources are interdisciplinary, with a focus on history, religion, Islamic studies, Asian studies, classical studies, specialist sciences and international law.

Go to the Library’s Brill page and visit the site. Remember to fill out the Feedback form after.  *TRIAL ENDS DECEMBER 4TH*

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JAMA & Archives Journals Backfiles Collection

Posted on November 13, 2009 @5:58 pm by admin

JAMA cover Now available!  The JAMA & Archives journals backfiles collection includes every issue of JAMA & Archives published from 1883-1997.    Read a classic article or  peruse the grand works of art which have graced the covers since April 20, 1964.

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U.K.Postal Strike: Lucky Us?

Posted on October 23, 2009 @11:54 am by irobb

RoyalMailLogo“Ok,” you say. “What does a U.K. postal strike have to do with e-resources, and how does it effect me?”

Glad you asked. It seems some UK publications are making some content more easily accessible on the web. Read some of theBookseller’s supplements (usually hidden behind passwords), the Nursing Times .pdf of the entire 20 October 2009 issue and a complete copy of the latest Times Educational Supplement. But, as the publisher’s themselves say, it’s for a limited time only.  Google your favourite U.K. publication. You never know.

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The Sixties: An Alexander Street Press flashback

Posted on October 20, 2009 @4:14 pm by irobb


We’ve had this one for a few months now, but somehow we missed it, man.

“The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960–1974 brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents…” well you get the drift. Check it out here.

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