British Library Archival Sound Recordings – Shibboleth authentication now active

Access to the audio content of the British Library Archival Sound Recordings service is now by university username and password (using Shibboleth) on-campus and off-campus. Athens authentication to the service is no longer available. Links and prompts in eSearch have been updated accordingly. A guide to using Shibboleth authentication for this service has been added to the eServices support wiki.

New resource: Intute: Social Sciences, Statistics and Data

The Intute: Social Sciences, Statistics and Data service has been added to all of the Statistics sub-categories, and the Research Methods, sub-categories in eSearch. Access is unrestricted on-campus and off-campus, and – like other Intute services – this resource is remote-searchable and cross-searchable in eSearch. The resource is described as follows:

Free access to high quality statistics resources on the internet.

EBSCOhost Enhanced Business Searching interface now accessible

The issue reported yesterday with the links to the Enhanced Business Searching Interface in EBSCOhost has now been resolved. The link to the service is located under the listing for the Business Source Premier service and offers “an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research, and then use the results as limiters in a keyword search, if desired.”

New resource: IVIS (International Veterinary Information Service)

The IVIS database has been added to all four sub-categories of the Animal, Equine and Wildlife category in eSearch. Access to the service is unrestricted on-campus and off-campus, but registration is required on the site. The resource is described as follows:

IVIS is an on-line publisher of veterinary books and conference proceedings. The website includes electronic book chapters and conference proceedings relating to farm animals, companion animals and exotic and zoo animals. Access to the IVIS website is free but you will need to register with a valid email address. The IVIS website is a professional information resource reserved to veterinarians, veterinary support staff, veterinary students, and animal health scientists and professionals.

New resource: The John Johnson Collection

Access to the online version of the Bodleian Library’s John Johnson Collection has been enabled in eSearch. Access is direct on-campus and by university username and password (using Shibboleth) from off-campus. The resource is described as follows:

Made available by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, this online collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.

Set up a Personal Profile in the Collection to make use of the ‘Lightbox’ and ‘My Archive’ features.

A Shibboleth support page for this resource has been added to the eServices support materials wiki.

New extended trial resource: Research Starters – Business

Trial access to the EBSCOhost database ‘Research Starters – Business’ has been enabled in eSearch. Access to the service will be available until September 2009. As with other EBSCO databases, access is direct on-campus and by Athens username and password off-campus. The resource is described as follows:

Study and research guides designed to be starting points for students. These consist of comprehensive, yet concise topic summary articles of about 3,000 words in length written by researchers, scholars and other subject matter experts, providing topic overviews, definitions of relevant terms and concepts, detailed bibliographies, and full-text links where available.

EBSCOhost linking issues

Two separate issues have arisen involving links to databases in the EBSCOhost interface. The first of these is that clicking on links in eSearch to services such as ‘Business Source Premier’, ‘Textile Technology Index or ‘Academic Search Elite’ resolved to an interim ‘Select New Service’ web page (see illustration below). Links in eSearch have now been amended to by-pass this additional screen for all EBSCOhost databases that LLR subscribes to.

EBSCO Select New Service screen

The second issue is that the EBSCO interface link under Business Source Premier to the Enhanced Business Searching Interface (see illustration below) returns an error page. If this error page is accessed, the current EBSCOhost session will terminate, and it will be necessary to close the browser, return to eSearch and click on the database link for a second time to launch a fresh EBSCOhost session. eServices is working with EBSCOhost’s technical team to resolve this issue.

EBSCOhost link to Enhanced Business Searching Interface

CD-ROM content migration to eSearch – Digital Textiles, Spon’s price books and Trend Report 2007

Following the withdrawal of LLR’s networked CD-ROM service, several titles identified were identified for retention and migration to a new delivery platform.

The following titles are now available, as .pdf or PowerPoint files, through eSearch:

  • Digital Textiles
  • Spon’s Architects’ and Builders’ Price Book
  • Spon’s Civil Engineering and Highway Works Price Book
  • Spon’s External Works and Landscape Price Book
  • Trend Report 2007

Access to these titles is by University domain, username and password (although on-campus visitors who have already authenticated into other services may not be challenged again to login). Digital Textiles and Trend Report 2007 are accessible on-campus and off-campus. The Spon’s price book titles are only accessible from on-campus. Because of the way that LLR is managing this content, it is necessary to add ads\ (the standard university domain) before entering a university username (e.g. ads\NXXXXXX) to login successfully to these materials.

Access to alternative web based Croner materials (which replace several now-withdrawn Croner CD-ROM titles) should be available shortly. LLR is waiting on Wolters Kluwer to complete some additional configuration work before these titles can be activated. A further update on Croner content will be provided as soon as possible.

Emerald: functional problems with ‘Marked lists’

Emerald’s technical team are working to rectify problems affecting the functionality of the ‘Marked Lists’ service within Emerald (through which customers select and save search results in their personal account space within the Emerald interface). Emerald hope to have these problems resolved shortly. In the meantime, please contact eServices if you’d like any more detailed information about the nature of the functional issues involved.