Month: August 2007

Westlaw – new platform

Access to the new Westlaw interface has been established in eSearch. Authentication remains direct on-campus with an Athens username and password required for off-campus access.

After 30 minutes of inactivity, Westlaw terminates an active session and displays a ‘timed-out’ message. To start a new session, simply refresh the page (and re-enter your Athens credentials, if accessing from off-campus). eServices have approached Westlaw to ask them to add a prompt to this effect to the timeout page.

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LexisNexis Business and News

LexisNexis have now resolved the issue which was preventing Athens authenticated access by NTU staff and students to the new LexisNexis Business and News platform (which absorbs the LexisNexis Executive service). Access to LexisNexis Business and News (which requires Athens authentication both on-campus and off-campus) has now been set up in eSearch. The resource is described as follows:

A news and business-intelligence service which includes full-text newspapers, journals, market research and country reports, corporate profiles and government documents. Also includes legislation and case law for the United Kingdom and Europe.

As a result, LexisNexis Executive has now been withdrawn from eSearch – but database title searches in eSearch for ‘LexisNexis Executive’ or ‘Lexis Nexis Executive’ will retrieve LexisNexis Business and News.

New collections: Digimap

Access to new additional collections on the Digimap platform has now been enabled: Historic Digimap and Geology Digimap.

Through Historic Digimap a registered vistor can:

View images of historic Ordnance Survey maps dating from 1843 to 1996. Up to 4 maps of the same location but different dates can be viewed simultaneously. Print maps and download image data for use in GIS and image processing software.

Through Geology Digimap a registered visitor can:

View and download contemporary British Geological Survey map data. 1:50,000, 1:250,000 and 1:625,000 scales are available in ESRI and MapInfo formats, plus information from the Lexicon of Named Rock Units.

These two new collections are provided in parallel with the existing Digimap Ordnance Survey collection. Members of NTU already registered to use Digimap will need to complete an additional registration for Geology Digimap before being able to make use of the service. Members of NTU registering with Digimap for the first time will now be able to register to use Geology Digimap and the Digimap Ordnance Survey collection through a single registration process.

New resource: Credo Reference

Access to the Credo Reference online reference library has been set up in eSearch. Access is direct on-campus; off-campus access is not yet enabled, but will follow shortly (and will by provided through Athens authentication). The resource is described as follows:

Credo Reference offers an extensive collection of reference resources – including the full text of a wide subject range of fact books, directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias. As well as full-text, Credo Reference provides images, sound, maps, customizable data, visual concept maps of results and other dynamic search and retrieval tools.

Credo Reference can be cross-searched within eSearch. For assessment purposes, in addition to the standard Credo Reference search configuration (which searches all the available collections), additional configurations have been set up for specific collections within Credo Reference, namely: Biography, Dictionaries, Encylopedias and Quotations. Feedback on whether the ability to restrict searches to specific collections in this way is useful is welcomed.

Because of the way that data is presented within the Credo Reference platform, SFX connections from search results in eSearch have been disabled. Direct access to the specific entry in any of the Credo collections is provided by either of the clickable links in the eSearch search result (see illustration below):

Credo - screengrab of MetaLib result display

Within the Credo Reference platform itself, in addition to NTU branding, clickable links back to the LLR web site and to the university home page have been added (see illustration below):

Credo - screengrab of NTU branding in the Credo Reference platform

Credo Reference has been enabled as an SFX ‘source’, and the ‘Find it @ NTU’ button appears under the ‘linked resources’ heading on the left-hand side of the page of any search results. When clicked, this submits the Title and ISBN from which the entry in Credo Reference has been sourced to SFX (see illustration below):

Credo - screengrab of SFX button display in the Credo Reference platform

Catalogue records for each of the eBooks in Credo Reference will be added to the Library Catalogue in due course.