DUE TO ONGOING technical problems affecting the Shibboleth environment on the main ProQuest platform, the off-campus authentication method for more than twenty separate resources in the Find Databases service has temporarily been changed to the library’s secure eZproxy server.
Off-site access to databases, such as ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts), IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) and ProQuest One Literature, continues to be via university username and password.
The ProQuest technical team are working to resolve the problems with their Shibboleth service provider, which have led to failed logins to the main ProQuest platform from off-site.
UPDATE, 21 April: The ProQuest technical team have confirmed that the issue affecting their Shibboleth environment has now been resolved.
FOLLOWING A COMPREHENSIVE review of the LinkedIn Learning content in Library OneSearch, more than 8,200 individual current course records are now discoverable in both LOS and LOS Pro.
All legacy Lynda.com records have been migrated to the LinkedIn Learning equivalents, and updated with all current metadata and linking syntax; withdrawn (and superseded) courses have been removed; and thousands of new LinkedIn Learning courses added.
All Lynda.com content on Resource Lists in the RLMS has also been updated with the current LinkedIn Learning content equivalent.
While the previous Lynda.com web links automatically redirected to the LinkedIn Learning platform (ensuring that access has remain uninterrupted), new arrangements now in place will ensure that course content discoverable in Library OneSearch will align with evolving LinkedIn Learning provision in the future.
Course content discoverable in LOS includes the following examples:
ACCESS TO THE ProQuest One Literature platform has been enabled today in the Find Databases service.
The resource is described as:
The ProQuest One Literature database brings together contemporary scholarship across the breadth of the literary world. It contains more than 1200 full-text journals, 500,000 primary works, 20,000 historic literary criticism sources, 1300 videos, and 20,000 eBooks. It also provides access to rare and hard-to-find texts by writers from across the world, and guides to authors and to literary movements which explore similarities and differences across topical, societal, historical, philosophical and stylistic categories. Offering access to more than 14,000 dissertations and theses, the database also includes the contents of the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL).
Access to more than 16,000 separate titles contained within ProQuest One Literature have also been enabled in the SFX (Find It @ NTU) service.
Access to the ProQuest One Literature platform is direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus.
ACCESS TO THE Mintel market research platform for NTU staff and students has today been migrated to the new Mintel platform.
Access remains direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus.
Access URLs have been updated in the Find Databases listing for Mintel; but links to the legacy platform should automatically redirect.
THE ON-CAMPUS AND off-campus access links to the Lawtel platform have been updated in the Find Databases service, ahead of the hosting changes that Thomson Reuters are implementing tomorrow (Saturday 9 November 2019).
On-campus access remains direct; with off-campus access requiring a university username and password.
Those accessing the service from off-campus for the first time will have to complete a brief one-off registration process (see illustration below).
OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS to subscribed journals on the MIT Press Journals platform is now available by university username and password. On-campus access continues to be direct.
If accessing from off-campus, select the Sign In/Register option from the top navigation menu (see below).
On the Login to your account page, select the Institutional Login option (see below).
On the Select Your Institution page, enter ‘Nottingham Trent University’ in the search box and click on the entry for ‘Nottingham Trent University’ under the heading UK Higher Education (see below).
After you have logged in on the NTU Single Sign on page, you will be returned as a logged in user to the MIT Press Journals platform. Confirmation that your login has been successful, is provided by the presence of the NTU logo and the phrase ‘Access provided by Nottingham Trent University’ in the MIT Press Journals page header (see below).
ACCESS TO THE new FAME interface has been enabled in the Find Databases service, completing the migration to the new platform.
For some time, customers have been routed to the ‘legacy’ FAME interface by default, and have been given the option to switch their session to the new FAME environment.
Now, all access requests are routed to the new FAME interface by default.
Access to the new FAME platform is available on-campus and off-campus by university username and password. The links available in the Find Databases service ensure that customer requests are routed directly to the university’s single sign-on service.
TECHNICAL ISSUES WHICH were preventing authenticated access to a number of online resources requiring university username and password for access have all now been resolved.
The problems arose on 31 October and prevented or limited authenticated access to a number of services, including the following:
- Box of Broadcasts
- Lexis Library
- Nexis UK
The library was able to establish alternate authenticated access routes to several of these resources, but unfortunately not in all cases.
With the technical issues resolved late in the evening of 8 November, authenticated access to all the affected resources is once again operating normally.
ACCESS TO THE Box of Broadcasts service, which was lost at the end of last month due to a technical problem that was causing authentication requests to fail, has now been reinstated.
Access to BoB is available once more on-campus and off-campus by university username and password.
OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS to the HeinOnline service, which had been affected by the same reported authenticated problems currently affecting other resources, has been reinstated.
Off-campus access to HeinOnline remains by university username and password. On-campus access to the service remains direct.
ACCESS TO WESTLAW from off-campus has been re-enabled in the library’s Find Databases service.
Off-campus access is available once again by university username and password (with access on-campus remaining direct).
The reported problems with the university’s preferred authenticated access route to Westlaw are continuing, but the library has been able to establish an alternative authentication method pending the resolution of these problems.
THE ACCESS PROBLEMS affecting the Lexis Library service, reported on 31 October, are ongoing.
It has been possible this morning to reinstate on-campus access to LexisLibrary (which is now direct from any device connected to the university network); off-campus access is not yet available, but will be reinstated as soon as possible.