In anticipation of any service queries this morning, please be aware that – due to an issue with the application’s database – SFX was unavailable for several hours on Sunday. The service went off-line just before 6am and was reinstated just before 1.45pm – soon after the fault was discovered.
To provide a robust ongoing solution to the access problems that have been experienced with the Verdict service, the providers have enabled direct IP-authenticated access for on-campus visitors. On-campus access is therefore available once again. Off-campus access is temporarily suspended while the arrangements to provide EZproxy access are put in place.
Trial access to the Xreferplus reference database has been set up in eSearch > eResource trials > Active trials. The resource is being trialed as part of the Gen Ref/Quick Ref review project. Access is direct on-campus; off-campus access via specific username and password will be available shortly. The trial lasts until 24 May. Please send all feedback on the trial to Sharon Potter. The resource is described as follows:
Xreferplus is an integrated searchable cross-disciplinary reference collection. It provides cross-referenced full text articles, images, animation and video (Flash), sound files (in mp3), statistics (exportable to Excel) and other data, supported by a range of dynamic search and retrieval functionality including ‘concept mapping’.
Xreferplus can be searched remotely via eSearch on a search-and-link basis – please see the Search Hints field for more information.
Technicians at Verdict are continuing to work to resolve authentication problems which are still preventing username and password access to the Verdict service. For on-campus users, Verdict hopes to be able to offer direct access (by IP recognition) “within the next few days”.
Athens authenticated access to the Creative Club service has now been confirmed by the providers as fully restored. Please let the eServices team know if you encounter any further difficulties logging on to the service.
The Sage ejournals platform is now operating as an SFX ‘source’ as well as ‘target’ (meaning that it’s possible to send metadata to SFX to try to find a match; as well as to be sent from SFX to Sage when SFX has found a match on the Sage site).
From any individual article listing, click on the References link (see illustration below) to bring up a list of article references:
From that list of references, a Find it @ NTU SFX button will appear next to any individual reference when certain criteria are reached (see illustration below):
At present, such links are only offered where a reference includes a Digital Object Identier (DOI) – which is a significant functional limitation.
Listings for the ‘Census Information Data Service’ (CIDS) have been updated to the ‘Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research’ (CIDER) in eSearch and the subject web portal to reflect the recent rebranding of the service.