Thursday, March 22, 2007

REMINDER: Acceptable use of e-journals

We have recently been alerted by a couple of publishers to some unacceptable use of their e-journals. Please see our web page about acceptable use.

In particular, note that it is unacceptable to "systematically download, save, or print articles from an e-journal". The following examples are therefore unacceptable:

1. Downloading three entire volumes of the Annual Review of Nutrition

2. Using a Web Crawler on the ScienceDirect site

When publishers detect unacceptable use they will usually block the offending IP address. If the journal is being accessed via EZproxy then this will deny access to all of our users.

If the unacceptable use continues then publishers may block access to the whole University or even cancel our site licence agreement.

Note that the University Regulations for the Use of IT Facilities at the University of Liverpool state:

3. All Users of all Systems will:
b. Adhere to the terms and conditions of all licence agreements relating to the Systems which they use

and any user who is in breach of regulations may have their access to computing withdrawn either temporarily or permanently.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

TRIAL: Mass Observation Online

We have a trial of the Mass Observation Online extended until 23rd May 2007. To access this trial go to Mass Observation Online and login with the trial username and password.

Mass Observation Online provides integrated access to c115,000 digital images of material from the Mass Observation Archive (MOA). In addition, it functions as a finding aid for all material held on Adam Matthew Publications microfilm, and in the Mass Observation Archive. To make best use of the resource, users should have an understanding of the different types of material and how to approach using these online. See the Help pages.

Note that Mass Observation Online does not duplicate any of our microfilm holdings of the Mass Observation Archive, but does provide indexing and searching across their contents.

After trying Mass Observation Online, please leave a comment.

TRIAL: American History and Culture Online: Sabin Americana, 1500-1926

We have a trial of American History and Culture Online: Sabin Americana, 1500-1926, until 15th April 2007. To access this trial go to Thomson Gale's trials site and login with the trial username and password.

American History and Culture Online: Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 consists of works about the Americas published not only in the United States but from across the globe. This collection of important and many hard-to-find primary sources opens a window onto the society, politics, culture, religious beliefs, and contemporary opinions both at home and abroad that covers a period of more than 400 years.

After trying American History and Culture Online: Sabin Americana, 1500-1926, please leave a comment.

TRIAL: The Literary Encyclopedia

We have a trial of The Literary Encyclopedia until 1st May 2007. To access this trial just go to (on campus only).

The Literary Encyclopedia is an expanding global literary reference work written by over 1400 specialists from universities around the world, and currently provides over 3820 authoritative profiles of authors, works and literary and historical topics. It lists nearly 19,000 works by date, country and genre, and provides advanced software tools. The Literary Encyclopedia is built on historical principles, which means that all data can be arrayed by date, country, genre, and so on, so that readers can explore writing in its historical context.

The Literary Encyclopdia is available as a JISC agreement - see
details (for pricing we are Band B).

After trying The Literary Encyclopedia please leave a comment.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

TRIAL: Inspec on Engineering Village

We have a trial of Inspec on Engineering Village until 27th April 2007.

To access Inspec go the
Engineering Village. The default search covers Inspec, Compendex and Referex (a collection of engineering e-books). Off-campus, login to Athens and then follow the link to Engineering Village.

Inspec is the leading English-language bibliographic information service providing access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers, computing, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering.

We subcribed to Inspec until 2003. Since then we have subscribed to several full-text resources in this area, most notably the IEEE/IET Electronic Library and the SPIE Digital Library.

If you try Inspec, please leave a comment below.

TRIAL: Rock's Backpages

We have a trial of Rock's Backpages until 28th March 2007. To access this trial go to Rock's Backpages and when prompted login with the trial username and password.

Rock's Backpages is an online database of rock music writing, with material dating from the early 1960s to the present day. The library of articles includes reviews, interviews and features which are fully searchable and presented in full-text. The database also includes mp3 audio files of original artist interviews, which have not previously been made available to a broad audience. There are now approximately eleven thousand articles on the site, featuring over two thousand artists with around fifty new articles being added each week.

JISC Collections are consulting about an agreement for Rock's Backpages. Details of the proposal, including pricing, are available
here. Scroll down the page!

If you try Rock's Backpages, please leave a comment.

Monday, March 12, 2007

TRIAL: Guilford Publications e-journals

We have trial access to all Guilford Publications e-journals and newsletters until 31st August 2007. (We already subscribe to Science & Society). The titles are predominatly in Psychiatry, Psychology and Public Health.

Catalogue records for all 13 journals are now included in the library catalogue and all have been activated in our OpenURL link resolver.

If you use any of these journals please leave a comment.

TRIAL: Plagiarism and how to avoid it (e-learning course)

We have access to Plagiarism and how to avoid it, an e-learing course from Epigeum, until 12th April 2007.

To access this trial go to (on-campus only).

If you try out this e-learning course, please leave a comment below.

Friday, March 09, 2007

TRIAL: Acta Sanctorum

We have a trial of Acta Sanctorum from ProQuest Information and Learning until 8th April 2007.

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.

To access this trial go to (on-campus only).

After trying Acta Sanctorum please leave a comment.

TRIAL: Future Medicine and Future Drugs e-journals

We have a trial of all Future Medicine and Future Drugs e-journals until 30th September 2007. See our catalogue records for the list of titles available we have activated as many of these journals as we can in Get Full Text (within the confines of our current underlying software).

To see the list of journals available go to
Future Medicine or Future Drugs. Off-campus users should first login to Athens. Note we already subscribe to Pharmacogenomics.

If you use any of these journals please leave a comment.