October 2010 Archives

from Gale:

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the availability of the first AccessMyLibrary Public Edition Android application and the first AccessMyLibrary College Edition application for iOS devices (iPhone, iTouch and iPad).

Rather than sifting through internet sites that aren't always reliable, AccessMyLibrary (AML) apps allow students and patrons instant access to credible library reference sources in seconds. With a simple click of the app, users can find reliable information from over 20,000 magazines and journals and thousands of encyclopedias covering many topics. Whether looking for health and science information, business plans or auto repair manuals, all is available from any location on the go.

The AML Public Edition Android app allows researchers using an Android device to access Gale resources through public libraries within a 10-mile radius, similar to the Public Edition applications already created for Apple devices.

The AML College Edition is the first Gale app for college students and gives them anytime, anywhere access to the Gale resources available through their college library. Students can use the app to locate their school and then authenticate for the school year by providing their school-issued email address.

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Art Full Text
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Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984
"Historians, students, and researchers would all benefit from this resource. I would highly recommend Art Index Retrospective for its comprehensive content and excellent search options."--Reference Reviews.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

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Upcoming FirstSearch database changes

from OCLC:

In March, OCLC announced that it is transitioning from reselling eContent provided by publishers and other content providers as we increase our focus and investment on enhancing WorldCat and delivering new WorldCat platform services and Web-scale library services.
As part of this transition, subscription and per-search access to the following databases on the FirstSearch service will end on December 31, 2010:

  • Business and Industry
  • Business and Management Practices

Per-search access to the following database will end on December 31, 2010:

  • Contemporary Women's Issues

You may continue to use your per-search searches to access the other databases offered through FirstSearch on a per-search basis.

Additional information about changes to OCLC's content services is available in the Frequently Asked Questions about FirstSearch Database Transitions.

ScienceDirect and Scopus scheduled outage

from Elsevier:

Dear Customer,

Please note that we have two scheduled outages that will affect the Admin Tool along with the following SciVerse products in the coming weeks:

  • ScienceDirect
  • Scopus
  • Hub
  • Journals Consult

The products and services mentioned above are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 4 hours on November 7th and 6 hours on November 13th. During this time, upgrades will be implemented and maintenance performed. Please see below for approximate outage duration by region:

November 7:

  • U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST): 2:00AM -6:00AM

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT): 7:00AM-11:00AM

  • Singapore Standard Time (SST): 3:00PM - 7:00PM

November 13:

  • U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST); 8:00AM - 2:00PM

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT): 1:00PM-7:00PM

  • Singapore Standard Time (SST): 9:00PM. November 13th - 3:00AM, November 14

ProQuest Maintenance Window - October 30, 2010

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on October 30, 2010. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 22:00 EDT to Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 10:00 EDT. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series
  • Chadwyck-Healey products only in North America
  • CSA Illumina products such as CSA Technology Research Database, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, and CSA Sociological Abstracts
  • Genealogy and local history products including African American Heritage, Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, ProQuest Obituaries and Digital Sanborn Maps
  • K-12 products, including eLibrary and SIRS
  • COS products
  • UMI products including online dissertation products
  • Corporate Websites including the ProQuest Support Center

Fall 2010 Electronic Resources Trials -- New Ebooks Added

Now through November 12, Minitex is highlighting streaming video and music, art and images, ebooks, new interfaces, and K-12 e-resources for the Fall 2010 trial period. We've added several Emerald ebook collections to the trials.

Try out a new e-resource! Visit the Fall 2010 Electronic Resources Trial web site for e-resource descriptions, trial access information, and contact information.

EBSCOhost Search Tag Changes

from EBSCO:

Please note that over the next few days, we will begin migrating toward a new command line search requirement that all search tags be entered in upper-case ONLY, from the current lower, mixed and upper-case options. Here are the details of this change:

Search Tag Changes
Effective with a software release due this week, EBSCO will treat a short list of command line search tags (when entered in lower or mixed case) as text. Only UPPER CASE instances of these tags will be treated as search tags. The tags that will undergo this change are: AN, AS, AU, BE, DE, DO, DR, GI, IN, IP, IS, LA, RN, SO.

The EBSCOhost search engine will place quotation marks around the tags listed above, whenever they are entered in lower or mixed case. Therefore, a user will see the quotes in search history and saved searches going forward.

For example: if the user enters an american tragedy, they will see "an" american tragedy in their search history.

Please note: While users must only enter these specific tags in UPPER CASE with this software release (so that they will be treated as tags and not text), we highly recommend that all users become accustomed to entering ALL command line search tags in UPPER CASE to accommodate future additions to the short list of affected tags. The current list of tags that will be changed is made up of tags that are not frequently used, to cause the least amount of impact on "super" users who are the most likely to employ command line searching.

Our next significant EBSCOhost software release is planned for early 2011. To announce the new features included in the release, we will post a top story on EBSCO's Support Site, which will include a link to a Release Information page with full descriptions and screen shots of the features. Sign up for RSS feeds for instant notification when this and other top stories are posted to EBSCO's Support Site (see FAQ about RSS Feeds).

Please visit EBSCO's Support Site to learn about all of EBSCO's products, search among thousands of FAQs, or download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

Newest Release of MathSciNet

from the American Mathematical Society:

The American Mathematical Society is pleased to announce the latest version of MathSciNet. The new release includes the following enhancements and features:

  • Improved display of mathematics using MathJax, an open source JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all modern browsers (http://www.mathjax.org)
  • Direct links to books, book chapters, and series using DOIs registered by publishers
  • Bibliographic entries and direct links for Ph.D. theses in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics from the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database

For more information please see: http://www.ams.org/mathscinet/help/about.html

EBSCO A-to-Z® Administrator Site Unavailable - 29 October 2010

The EBSCO A-to-Z ® Administrator Site will be unavailable beginning on Friday, 29 October 2010 at 8:00 PM until Saturday, 30 October at 2:00 AM Eastern Time (Saturday, 30 October from 00:00 - 06:00 GMT) to allow for necessary maintenance.

Questions? Contact EBSCO Customer Satisfaction. Phone: (800) 758-5995, option 2 (U.S.A. and Canada), 00-800-3272-6000 (International Toll-Free), +1-978-356-6500, option 6 (International Toll). Support is available 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Email: support@ebsco.com.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - October 30, 2010

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on October 30, 2010. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 22:00 EDT to Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 10:00 EDT. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series
  • Chadwyck-Healey products only in North America
  • CSA Illumina products such as CSA Technology Research Database, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, and CSA Sociological Abstracts
  • Genealogy and local history products including African American Heritage, Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, ProQuest Obituaries and Digital Sanborn Maps
  • K-12 products, including eLibrary and SIRS
  • COS products
  • UMI products including online dissertation products
  • Corporate Websites including the ProQuest Support Center

Britannica Online EZProxy Server Settings Announcement

from Britannica:

Our new Britannica Online Academic Edition is now live. The response to the new, more engaging interface and enhanced search and discovery has been positive.

However, a number of our subscribers using EZProxy are experiencing difficulties. While we allow remote users to search our database through proxy server, we cannot at this time certify all functionality of the Britannica Online Academic Edition through the EZProxy proxy servers. With the release of the new version of Britannica Online Academic Edition, we highly recommend incorporating "settings" listed below into your current EZProxy configuration file (config.txt). Once you have updated your configuration file, restart EZProxy to make the change take effect. Then test to see whether or not the issue is resolved.

EZ Proxy Settings:

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T Encyclopaedia Britannica
URL http://britannica.com
D britannica.com
D www.britannica.com
DJ world.britannica.com
DJ britannica.com
DJ www.britannica.com
NeverProxy media.web.britannica.com
NeverProxy cache-media.britannica.com
NeverProxy media-1.web.britannica.com
NeverProxy media-2.web.britannica.com
NeverProxy media-3.web.britannica.com
NeverProxy atlas.britannica.com

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Please note that Britannica Digital Learning makes every effort to ensure smooth interaction of the Britannica Online Academic Edition with customer proxy servers. However, we cannot certify all product functionality via proxy servers at this time. If you are experiencing issues we encourage you to contact our technical support line below and we will do our best to assist you.

Britannica Online Technical Support
edsupport@eb.com
(800) 621-3900 x7160

Fall 2010 Electronic Resources Trials

Now through November 12, Minitex is highlighting streaming video and music, art and images, ebooks, new interfaces, and K-12 e-resources for the Fall 2010 trial period.

Try out a new e-resource! Visit the Fall 2010 Electronic Resources Trial web site for product descriptions, trial access information, and contact information.

October 17 maintenance on OCLC FirstSearch service

The OCLC FirstSearch service will be unavailable from 2:00- 6:00 am Eastern on Sunday, October 17 for maintenance. Service will resume by 6:00 am Eastern.

E-Books Coming to Project MUSE!

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE is very pleased to announce that it will offer e-book collections alongside its existing e-journal collections. Beginning next year, e-book collections will be available for purchase alongside MUSE journal collections, with an integrated discovery environment that will allow end users to browse and search journal and book content side-by-side.

MUSE will partner with many of the same publishers who currently contribute journal content in MUSE to offer high quality, peer-reviewed academic books electronically.

The e-books program, called Project MUSE Editions, has to date signed contracts with 18 university press publishers to include books from their upcoming scholarly monograph frontlists. Books will be offered for purchase on a twice-yearly seasonal (Spring/Fall) basis. Libraries will "pre-purchase" access to a collection of the frontlist titles included in the upcoming season's publishing schedule. Preliminary information from the 18 confirmed presses indicates that the initial Fall 2011 offering will contain upwards of 350 books, across a broad range of disciplines. The anticipated collection size will continue to grow as more publishers sign on. MUSE expects to offer in its first season both a complete collection of all books in the program, and selected subject-based collections. Subject collections will be built around areas of critical mass among the specific books included, and are expected to complement MUSE's existing strengths in disciplines such as literature, history, and religion.

Please read the full announcements for more details and for the list of university presses confirmed to add books.

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from EBSCO:

Customer Satisfaction has received reports that some customers are experiencing intermittent issues accessing EBSCO A-to-Z, EBSCO LinkSource and EBSCOhost EJS. Our technical team is working on this issue as their highest priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Questions? Contact EBSCO Customer Satisfaction. Phone: (800) 758-5995, option 2 (U.S.A. and Canada), +800-3272-6000 (International Toll-Free), +1-978-356-6500, option 6 (International Toll). Support is available 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Email: support@ebsco.com.

EBSCO A-to-Z® and EBSCO LinkSource® will undergo scheduled maintenance on Saturday, 9 October 2010 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 - 16:00 GMT). During this time, A-to-Z and LinkSource will be unavailable.

Questions? Contact EBSCO Customer Satisfaction. Phone: (800) 758-5995, option 2 (U.S.A. and Canada), +800-3272-6000 (International Toll-Free), +1-978-356-6500, option 6 (International Toll). Support is available 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Email: support@ebsco.com.

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