UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

Nature Archive: Issues back to 1869

Posted on September 15, 2009 @5:16 pm by irobb

“Every boy should be furnished with a small deal board, a lens, and a sharp knife.” –Science-Teaching in Schools, Nature, 1869

You can now peruse every issue of Nature from 1869 to the present. Read what was being written about Darwin. Read what Darwin wrote about “Rats and Water-Casks.”

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Wireless for Walk-ins?: Yes, but…

Posted on September 11, 2009 @11:14 am by irobb

So, can walk-ins access the internet from their laptops at UBC? Yes, but only if they fall into two groups: people with FatPort accounts or visitors affiliated with institutions that use eduroam.

For more FatPort info, visit UBC IT’s FatPort page.

For more eduroam info and the institutions participating, visit UBC IT’s eduroam page.

For general wireless information (and for how UBC affiliated patrons can set up AutoConnect for ubcsecure wireless), visit UBC IT’s wireless page.

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UBC eLink (SFX): Down at 2:00

Posted on September 4, 2009 @2:14 pm by irobb

*UPDATE* …and we’re back online.
UBC eLink button

Yikes! We’ve lost it for the moment. Stay tuned.

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ProQuest: Some Databases Acting Up

Posted on September 3, 2009 @2:37 pm by irobb

*UPDATE* All fixed, per ProQuest.

“We are currently experiencing system difficulties and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your users. We have every available resource working on the problem…”

Hmm. Sounds like a peck of trouble down at the ol’ ProQuest place. Everything seemed to be working briefly around 3:30 pm. Stay tuned

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EZproxy Server: *Back Up*

Posted on August 28, 2009 @2:51 pm by admin

EZProxy service is back.  Friday’s problems now resolved.

We’re having problems with our ezproxy server.  Systems staff are investigating and we hope access will be restored as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, resources authenticated via EZProxy are unavailable.   We apologize especially for the inconvenience to our Books 24×7 and Euromonitor (GMID) database users.


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HAPI: Server Being Upgraded

Posted on August 25, 2009 @11:55 am by irobb

*UPDATE* “HAPI Online has been up and working steadily for a week now so hopefully our technical issues have been resolved…” -the HAPI folks

*UPDATE* Not the HAPpIest of news.

“HAPI Online is still experiencing intermittent disruptions in access,” say the site’s tech folks.  Stay tuned.

“HAPI Online has been experiencing recurring server errors over the past few weeks… .We are currently working on switching over to a new server… . We hope to have this in place by the end of this week. Our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.”

Stayed tuned for Happier news (I couldn’t resist).

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IOP Journal “Smart Materials and Structures”

Posted on August 13, 2009 @9:33 am by irobb

“… Smart Materials and Structures, published by non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing, UK, has announced that it has been named one of the most influential journals in the field of engineering in 2009, as recognised by from Thomson Reuters.” –Knowledgespeak Newsletter 13 Aug 2009.

And The University of British Columbia Library has a subscription. Go to the IOP SM&S site (but you must come from on campus or via our VPN).

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SFX Pop-Up Menu: “Related” Full-Text Links

Posted on August 11, 2009 @1:10 pm by irobb

Where's my article?

A clarification needs to be made about links claiming “Full text available” on the SFX pop-up menu. Links near the top of the menu (usually right under the journal or article title) try to connect you to THAT journal / article.

Full text available” near the bottom (usually just below “Check the UBC Catalogue” or ” Order Documents from CISTI Order”) are for what SFX considers related journals, which most likely will NOT have what you want.

This is a known, confusing and frustrating issue we are trying to resolve.

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IPA Source: Opera Online

Posted on July 29, 2009 @3:29 pm by irobb

logoipa“Online since 2003, IPA Source is the web’s largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.”

Ha, stolzer ozean!” Who said that? Find out at IPA Source.

(…psst, I think he was Dutch)

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Sage Journals Online: Good-Bye CSA Illumina

Posted on July 29, 2009 @2:53 pm by irobb

*UPDATE* The date is back to January 1st. My head is spinning!

*UPDATE* The switch-over date is now September 1st not January 1st.


“To date, the SAGE Full-Text Collections have been available on both the ProQuest CSA Illumina platformsagebrand and the SAGE Journals Online platform. After December 31, 2009, the SAGE Full-Text Collections will be available exclusively on SAGE Journals Online.” -Sage Library Newsletter, July 2009

For you, this means you’ll have to change any bookmarks you have for Sage titles on CSA Illumina. We will be updating our A-Z list and OpenURL linking.

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