Monday, April 30, 2012

Harold Cohen Library Desk Closure Times: 30th April - 4th May


Due to continuing staff sickness the HCL desks will be closing early again this week, at the following times:

  • Mon 30 April: 7 pm
  • Tue 1 May: 7 pm
  • Wed 2 May: 6 pm
  • Thu 3 May: 6 pm
  • Fri 4 May: 7 pm

Resource of the week: Public Information Online


What is it?
Public Information Online brings together all UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary, Northern Ireland Assembly, National Assembly for Wales, Scottish Government publications and non-Parliamentary publications in pdf format. This includes documents such as House of Commons Papers, Bills and Explanatory Notes, House of Lords Papers, Bills and Explanatory Notes, Command Papers, Public Bills and Standing Committee Debates. Coverage varies, but tends to be from 2006/2007/2008 onwards. Hansard and the Civil Service Yearbook are also available from this site.

Non-Parliamentary publications are available from 2009 onwards and include documents from organisations such as the Audit Commission, Department for Work & Pensions, Health & Safety Executive, National Statistics and the Law Commission.

Search by Parliamentary Session, Paper number, Title or phrase/keyword/subject term with options to further sort and refine your results.


Why use it?

  1. Keep up to date with Parliamentary issues.
  2. Trace the history of a particular debate or issue.
  3. Use the Bill Tracker to follow a particular bill through the legislative process, or sign up to an RSS feed/email alert to be kept informed of progress.
  4. Use the House of Commons thesaurus to find subject terms related to your topic to help with further research.
  5. Find evidence to see how issues have been dealt with across the different Parliaments/National Assemblies.

Screen showing the Pensions Bill and associated documents:





EZproxy fix Tues May 1st

On Tuesday 1st May Computing Services will change EZproxy back to the way it used to be.

There will only be one EZproxy server, so you won't be asked to log into EZproxy repeatedly.

Those old familiar links with '.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk' embedded in them will work just fine again.

You can carry on building new links with '.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk' embedded them.

It will be running on is own dedicated piece of hardware again so it should be much faster.

There may be some short-term problems while we switch back to the old set-up. In essence, your PC might take a while before it realises things have changed. If you want to make it recognise the change right away, and you are using a PC then this should do the trick:

Click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen
Choose, All Programs, and then Accessories and then Command Prompt
Type in the command: ipconfig /flushdns and then hit return

The PC will respond with: "Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache".

Otherwise you might have to wait anything up to around 24 hours before your PC notices that things have changed back.

We would like to apologise for the mess we made of EZproxy recently. We are proud to join the ranks of such august global brands as Gap and Coca Cola who have tried to introduce a change to improve their product, ended up annoying their customers immensely, and then put things right back the way they were!

Friday, April 27, 2012

TRIAL: Early European Books

We have a trial of Early European Books until 26th May. To access this trial visit the ProQuest Trials site.

See http://eeb.chadwyck.co.uk/info/about.do for details of the scope and coverage of Early European Books. During the trial we have access to all three collections, but collections may be purchased separately.

After trying Early European Books please leave your comments below. Please prioritise the collections if possible. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Need a laptop? Now you can borrow one

A laptop loans service is now available from the Harold Cohen and Sydney Jones Library Service Desks.

Laptops can be borrowed for up to 4 hours at a time on a first come, first served basis.  

For further details, please see Laptop Loans.

Monday, April 23, 2012

TRIAL: Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

We have a trial of Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive until 16th June 2012.

Access is available from the ProQuest platform (including off-campus access via EZproxy).

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive includes access to the full archives, from the first issue to 200 (where still published) of:

American Film
Back Stage
Boxoffice
Broadcasting
Broadcasting, Telecasting
Music America Magazine
Musician
Musician, Player, and Listener
Screen international
The Stage / The Stage and Television Today
Variety

Resource of the Week: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses


What is it?

Essentially two databases, ProQuest Dissertations &Theses (PQDT)
& ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland is the most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day and offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.

Why use it?
  • Find what research has been done in your area (historical)
  • See what the current research topics are in your area – find gaps to exploit or case studies to explore further
  • Get ideas for your dissertation
  • Get ideas on layout
  • Get ideas on how to construct an abstract
  • Get the full text of a dissertation relevant to your research
Even just looking at the contents pages can spark ideas and provide direction for your research.


An example search on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) using the search terms Shakespeare AND women.



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bank Holiday and summer vacation opening hours

Opening times for the Harold Cohen and Sydney Jones libraries for the early-May Bank Holiday (Monday 7th May) and the Spring & Diamond Jubilee Bank Holidays (Monday 4 & Tuesday 5th June) are now available.

See Library Opening Hours for details.

Arrangements for the first part of the summer vacation are also now available.

Monday, April 16, 2012

EZproxy available again

Both machines that provide the EZproxy service are available again. Should EZproxy fail again, the advice below will apply again:

To access our library e-resources, please right-click the link you require and select Copy Shortcut. Then paste into your browser's location bar and delete the http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url= from the start of the URL, and then hit Return. You may need to do this repeatedly, as many of our link are prefixed with an EZproxy login.

If you are off-campus, you will need to login to AppsAnywhere. Then click on Internet Explorer (8 or 9) in the Web or Office folders of AppsAnywhere. Then follow the procedure above to bypass EZproxy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Creating stable links to library e-resources

If you currently provide your own links to library e-journals, e-books etc, they probably contain .ezproxy.liv.ac.uk int he URL. These links should continue to work. Nevertheless it is a good idea to update them to new-style links next time you come to review your links.

To create new-style links, remove .ezproxy.liv.ac.uk from the URL and instead add http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url= to the start of the URL.

For example, instead of:

http://inpractice.bmj.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/

use:

http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url=http://inpractice.bmj.com/

Note that the result of following such a URL is that you will arrive at either:

http://inpractice.bmj.com.libproxy1.liv.ac.uk/

or

http://inpractice.bmj.com.libproxy2.liv.ac.uk/

However, you should never use URLs that contain libproxy1 or libproxy2 in bookmarked links or links embedded in VITAL etc. To link to sites via EZproxy always use URLs that begin http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url= .

It is probably easiest to locate a link to the resourve you want in the library catalogue and then right-click our 'View this... online' link, Copy the shortcut and paste it into VITAL or wherever you are placing your links.

To create deep links, for example to a journal article rather than to a whole journal, there is a tool in VITAL: in Sessions/Resources, choose Add Interactive Tool and find it @ liverpool Journals.

To build find it @ liverpool links outside VITAL, enter the article's details into our 'Go to an Article - journal, vol, page, year known' form at http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/e-library/e-journals.html and click the FIND IT button. That will result in a URL like:

http://sfxhosted.exlibrisgroup.com.libproxy2.liv.ac.uk/lpu?title=Geografiska+Annaler+Series+B+Human+Geography&volume=92&issue=1&spage=1&date=2010&issn=&eissn=

To turn that into the correct form replace:

http://sfxhosted.exlibrisgroup.com.libproxy2.liv.ac.uk/lpu (or libproxy1)

with

http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url=http://openurl.ac.uk

to give for example:

http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url=http://openurl.ac.uk?title=Geografiska+Annaler+Series+B+Human+Geography&volume=92&issue=1&spage=1&date=2010&issn=&eissn=

An alternative approach for journal articles is to link via the article's DOI, as long as were have access from the publisher's site where the DOI links to, and not at EBSCO or ProQuest for example.

To link via the DOI, just add the DOI to the end of:

http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/

for example:

http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01770.x

For some resources, notably some e-book platforms, we do not link via EZproxy at all:

For ebrary, do not include EZproxy in the link. For example, just use a link like http://site.ebrary.com/lib/liverpool/Doc?id=10147034 like we do in the library catalogue, see http://library.liv.ac.uk/record=b2135120~S6. Ebrary will detect off-campus users and direct them through their own EZproxy single sign-on mechanism.

For some other sites, notably Dawsonera and Myilibrary, we use Shibboleth (usually known as Institutional Login) which usually uses horrible long URLs like:
https://www.dawsonera.com/guard/protected/dawson.jsp?name=urn:mace:eduserv.org.uk:athens:provider:liv.ac.uk&dest=http://www.dawsonera.com/depp/reader/protected/external/AbstractView/S9781846314162 (see e.g. http://library.liv.ac.uk/record=b2492636~S6).

Please contact your liaison librarian if you have problems building stable links to our e-resources.

EZproxy update - nearly there!

Firstly we would like to apologise for the recent problems with EZproxy. The problems were caused by switching EZproxy authentication to a new server. In fact, to a pair of new servers so that if one server had a problem, access would continue through the other server without any disruption.

The timing of this change was forced upon us by external events outside our control. We would have preferred to make the change in the summer of course. We had also tested the new setup but once we went live problems became apparent that had not been observed in testing.

In the longer term we are sure that this dual-server setup will provide a more resilient service. However, we recognise that the teething problems and their timing have been, ahem, unfortunate.

Today we have resolved the following problems:

· Ebrary e-books are available off-campus again, and are now available for download to devices once more

· Links from Discover to our e-books, and 'Permalinks' to records and searches in Discover and EBSCOhost databases are working correctly again

· Links to specific resources such as Mary Ann Liebert journals and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery are now working properly again

As mentioned in previous posts, old-style links (ones containing .ezproxy.liv.ac.uk) should now successfully redirect. If you have created links to resources and routed them via EZproxy there should not be any need to update them immediately.

Nevertheless it would be a good idea to update links when you next come to review them. We will provide a separate post about how to link to our e-resources.

Please contact us if you continue to experience problems accessing our e-resources.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Ezproxy Badhost Problem: Workaround


Ezproxy update 12:00pm 4th April 2012

Following on from the server upgrade on Monday, work is still ongoing to try and resolve the access issues surrounding our electronic resources which are protected by 'ezproxy' authentication. 

Currently most links are working, but you should be aware that for some there might be a slight delay and you will be presented with an ezproxy 'BadHost error' for example:


This will eventually take you to the intended page, but you will be presented with the badhost message for a few second before it loads.

However, there are some links that still do not work properly and these are typically of the form:

http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/form?qurl=

For now, you can redirect the url to the correct resource by replacing 'ezproxy' with 'libproxy1' e.g.

http://libproxy1.liv.ac.uk/form?qurl=

These will get you through to your required resource, but once normal service is resumed these will need to be returned to 'ezproxy' so please don't bookmark them.

If you are having trouble logging on to the ezproxy service using the normal ezproxy login page, you can always use  http://login.libproxy1.liv.ac.uk/login

If you still have problems with Discover search boxes, please use the following link:


...substituting “libproxy1” for “ezproxy” as discussed above if required.


If you wish to perform subject specific searches, please use the search boxes from the subject pages, available via Libguides:  http://libguides.liv.ac.uk/home


If you continue to have problems, it is suggested you try and go through apps anywhere for the moment, which should work for most things:  http://www.liv.ac.uk/csd/appsanywhere/. If this doesn’t work first time, try removing the ezproxy element from the link (http://ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login?url=), and see if that works.

Any questions please feel free to contact us using the e-journals help form: http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/forms/ej_problems_form.html

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Ezproxy Update

We are continuing to experience problems with some Ezproxy links and search options, due to problems from the server upgrade on Monday.

CSD are awaiting solutions to some of these problems, in the meanwhile Library Systems and related staff are working to ensure our Web pages work satisfactorily.

Users who are having difficulties accessing particular platforms or links should try to use an alternative method to access their resource, such as the Discover search platform available from the Library homepage/ LibGuides or the Library Catalogue.

Online students should be able to log in and access Discover and other platforms at http://libguides.liv.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes

Depositing your thesis in the University Research Archive: Training Workshop


Did you register as a research postgraduate after 1st August 2008? If so, you need to know about submitting your thesis electronically.

Training event: Thursday 19th April, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library.

All research postgraduates who registered for an MPhil, PhD or MD since 1st August 2008 are required to deposit an electronic version of their thesis in the University repository, the University of Liverpool Research Archive (UoLRA). Research postgraduates who registered before this date may also choose to deposit their thesis in the UoLRA.

This hands-on workshop examines the process for depositing an electronic copy of your thesis in the UoLRA and provides guidance about issues that students should consider during the preparation and deposit of their thesis, including information on copyright.

Places on this workshop are limited and must be booked in advance. Please REGISTER to book a place.