Month: April 2007

SFX fault on Sunday 29 April

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.

Verdict: on-campus access problems resolved

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.

New trial: Xreferplus

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.

Sage ejournals – now an SFX source

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:

Sage outbound OpenURL linking - 01

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):

Sage outbound OpenURL linking - 02

At present, such links are only offered where a reference includes a Digital Object Identier (DOI) – which is a significant functional limitation.