Thursday, September 27, 2007

Personalise it!

While our new E-Resources pages have been a hit with novice users, some of our more experienced users have found it harder to find just the resources they want. We have slightly redesigned our pages and added new pages to address these issues. The most important changes for experienced users are:

Electronic Library page
This has now been dramatically de-cluttered. It primarily just directs you to the pages for Databases, E-Journals and E-Books where you will find the full functionality.


Databases page
A link to My Databases (with a ‘What’s this?’ help link) now exists. We encourage experienced users to create their own lists of resources rather than having to navigate through Metalib every time.


Note that this page has a Help link in the top right hand corner.

Also, the scrollable list of subjects has been changed to a pull-down list of subjects. There is a separate list for the General areas like Theses, Newspapers etc. All links that lead to Metalib now open in a new window.

E-Journals page
A link to My e-Journals (with a ‘What’s this?’ help link) now exists. We encourage experienced users to create their own lists of e-journals rather than having to navigate through SFX every time.


The SFX A-Z list is cumbersome to browse through so we have emphasised this less. We encourage you to search the list instead. This is really easy – you can even use abbreviated journal titles! Once you have clicked on the red SFX icon for the required title, just click the GO button for the required journal and you will be taken to its home page. You only need to fill in the year, volume no, etc. if you want to go direct to an article. This is all explained more fully on this page’s Help link.

You still have the option of searching the library e-journals catalogue if you really loathe our new A-Z list!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

TRIAL: Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

The Library has a trial of Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period until 31st October 2007.

Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period includes more than 80 volumes of poetry by approximately 50 Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842. Compiled and edited by Stephen Behrendt of the University of Nebraska, the database also offers numerous biographical and critical essays prepared by leading scholars specifically for the project. New content is added to the collection on a regular basis. It currently contains over 8,000 pages of poetry.

To use this trial go to
Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period and login with the trial username and password.

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Metalib update - more resources work!

We have just run the latest Metalib knowledge base update. This means that the following resources now have improved functionality in Metalib:

ACM Digital Library
CogPrints via SCIRUS
E-Print ArXiv via SCIRUS
Global Health (Ovid)
MLA International Bibliography
NASA via SCIRUS
PsycARTICLES (APA)
PubMed
SCIRUS
Wiley InterScience Journals

and the following resource now appears in Metalib for the first time:

History Cooperative

ebrary E-Book Survey

Ebrary, the Library's main e-book supplier is conducting an informal survey to better understand user experiences with e-resources and print materials. The questionnaire and subjects covered were developed by approximately 200 librarians around the world. The survey will be focused on the higher education community, and learning objectives include the following:
  • Usage for research and instruction
  • Attitudes
  • Perceived strengths and weaknesses
  • Instruction experience and preferences
The questionnaire will remain open until October 8, 2007. Their goal is to compile and share the results with the public in early November. Results specific to our institution will be available, so please enter 'University of Liverpool' in 'Q3. Name of your institution' on the first screen of the survey.

The survey only has 6 pages!

To complete the survey, please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=b8LjuoXgcbgANGM0SCt45Q_3d_3d

Certificate warnings with EZproxy and https

When connecting to sites like DiscoveryGate and Pidgeon Digital which use the https protocol (secure http), in Internet Explorer 7 you will see a screen like:


You should continue to the web site, despite IE7’s recommendation not to.

Once EZproxy has moved onto what used to be the Endeavor server (next month), CSD will buy a new, signed digital certificate and this ‘error’ message will no longer appear. (It is primarily designed to prevent users unwittingly giving away personal details by logging into ‘phishing’ sites that are impersonating Internet banks, ebay, etc.).

Thursday, September 13, 2007

New Electronic Library web pages

The Library's main Electronic Library http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/electron/index.html, Databases http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/electron/erdatabase.html and E-Journals http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/techserv/journals.html pages have been completely redesigned. Each has a HELP link in the top right hand corner to get you started.

The new pages offer new functionality as a result of the Library's deployment of Metalib and SFX.

Metalib gives you the ability to search multiple electronic resources at once. Even if you don't use it for 'metasearching' it is still a more flexible way of locating online resources. The asp pages which used to provide our database listings will no longer be used.

Links on the Library homepage to E-Journal collections, Government information, Dictionaries, and Newspapers now link into the respective parts of Metalib.

Having entered Metalib, you can return to the main Databases page at any time by clicking on the University of Liverpool logo in the top left hand corner of any Metalib screen.

If Metalib gives you a long list of resources but no scroll bar, then just resize the window by any amount and the scroll bars will appear! This glitch should be cured in a future update to Metalib.

SFX (branded as 'find it @ liverpool') is more powerful than LinkFinderPlus (which was branded 'Get Full Text'). For example, its searchable A-Z list allows you to locate journals by their abbreviated titles (e.g. J Biol Chem) and to find e-journals by subject.

Off-campus access is now much simpler. Almost all resources are now linked via EZproxy, which no longer suffers from conflicts with firewalls. Athens is only used for resources that require it on campus as well as off. Whenever Athens is required, the Library links to a page which offers a link to the login page and a link to the resource, together with tips on using the Athens toolbar and Athens cookie. The Athens login link has been removed from the main Electronic Resources pages to play down the need to use Athens.

The off-campus access page http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/electron/offcampus.html has been updated and the passwords page has been updated and moved to http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/electron/passwords.html.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

TRIAL: Patrologia Latina

We have a trial of Patrologia Latina until 12th October 2007.

To access this trial go to
Patrologia Latina. Use the Windows Terminal Service for off-campus access to this trial.

The Patrologia Latina Database is an electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. The database contains the complete Patrologia Latina, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes. Migne's column numbers, essential references for scholars, are included.

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TRIAL: Luthers Werke

We have a trial of Luthers Werke until 12th October 2007.

To access this trial go to
Luthers Werke. Use the Windows Terminal Service for off-campus access to this trial.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) is one of the central figures in German and European history; a theologian, whose work changed the course of world history. Apart from his influence on faith and theology, and the cultural and political changes taking place in the western world during the 16th century, his contribution to the development of a unified German language is particularly outstanding.

Luthers Werke on the World Wide Web reproduces the Weimar Edition in electronic form. The Weimar Edition, which is regarded as a monumental work in the field of theology and the German language, was first published in 1883 and includes 127 volumes.

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TRIAL: Acta Sanctorum

We have a trial of Acta Sanctorum until 12th October 2007.

To access this trial go to
Acta Sanctorum. Use the Windows Terminal Service for off-campus access to this trial.

The Acta Sanctorum Database is an electronic version of the complete printed text of Acta Sanctorum, from the edition published in sixty-eight volumes by the Société des Bollandistes in Antwerp and Brussels. It is a collection of documents examining the lives of saints, organised according to each saint's feast day, and runs from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940.

The Acta Sanctorum Database contains the entire Acta Sanctorum, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indices. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers, essential references for scholars, are also included.

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TRIAL: Public Information Online

We have a trial of Public Information Online until 21st November 2007. To access this trial go to Public Information Online and login with the trial username and password.

Public Information Online has been created by Dandy Booksellers Limited and the Parliamentary Bookshop in Westminster. It contains PDFs of all:

Command Papers
House of Commons Papers
House of Lords Papers
Bills of both Houses
Explanatory Notes
Public Bill and Standing Committee Debates

It contains the whole of the 2006/07 Session and is updated this daily with new papers as they appear. Papers should be available on the day of publication or, if this is not possible, on the very next day.

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