Wednesday, June 27, 2007

TRIAL: Royal Society of Medicine Press e-journals

We have a trial of 6 e-journals from the Royal Society of Medicine Press until 31st July 2007:

Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
He@lth Information on the Internet
Health Services Management Research
Journal of Medical Screening
Menopause International (was Journal of the British Menopause Society)

We already subscribe to the other 6 RSM Press journals.

Catalogue records have been created, and our SFX knowledgebase (i.e. 'find it @ liverpool') has been updated.

Please leave a comment telling us which titles you find useful, or if you would like us to continue to have access to all RSM Press titles.

TRIAL: Inderscience e-journals

We have a trial of all Inderscience e-journals until 31st December 2007.

Catalogue records for these have been created, and our SFX knowledgebase (i.e. 'find it @ liverpool') has been updated.

We currently only subscribe to one Inderscience journal, International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration.

Inderscience publish nearly 170 journals and will be launching several more in the coming months. They publish in the areas of:

Economics & Finance
Education & Learning
Healthcare & Leisure
Public Policy
Risk & Safety

Please leave a comment telling us which titles you find useful, or if you would like us to continue to have access to all Inderscience titles.

TRIAL: Karger e-journals, 2004 onwards

We have a trial of all Karger e-journals, with access to issues published from 2004 onwards, until 22nd November 2007.

Catalogue records for these have been created, and our SFX knowledgebase (i.e. 'find it @ liverpool') has been updated.

We currently subscribe to the following Karger titles:

Annals of Nutrition
Biology of the Neonate
Caries Research
Folia Primatologica

Please leave a comment telling us which titles you find useful, or if you would like us to continue to have access to all Karger titles.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Get Full Text replaced by 'find it @ liverpool'

Our OpenURL service, Get Full Text, powered by LinkFinderPlus has now been replaced by 'find it @ liverpool' powered by SFX.

SFX is the market leading OpenURL software from Ex Libris, who absorbed Endeavor Information Systems (the providers of LinkFinderPlus) earlier this year.

Where you have been used to seeing:

You will now see:

When you click on one of the new links, an SFX window will open (we may 'brand' this in the University style later).

If we have full-text access to the required article then SFX will tell you which site(s) you can access it from, and then you just need to click on the GO button for that site to go to the article.

Sometimes SFX cannot link you directly to the article itself, but it will take you to the table of contents for the required journal issue, or just to the journal home page. We will gradually fine-tune SFX so that it can link directly to an even higher proportion of journals.

SFX is able to link to a far wider range of journals than LinkFinderPlus has been able to.

Wherever we have full-text access to the journal, or wherever we have it in print, SFX also offers a link to our catalogue record(s) for that journal.

There is an 'Advanced' area at the foot of the SFX window which will in time offer links to find the required journal in other library catalogues etc. In the meantime, that's where you'll find a link to a form to report problems.

TIP: Despite our best efforts, it is sometimes not possible to maintain a link via EZproxy through all the steps that SFX needs to perform to construct a link to an article. If you are off-campus and are denied access to an article, look to see if 'ezproxy' appears in the URL. If it doesn't, try putting it in as follows:

e.g. for:

amend it to:

i.e. insert before the first single slash in the URL.

Monday, June 18, 2007

TRIAL: Factiva

We have a trial of Factiva until 12th July 2007.

To access this trial go to Factiva (Requires EZprpxy login off-campus).

Factiva, from Dow Jones, provides essential business news and information. Factiva’s unrivaled collection of more than 10,000 authoritative sources includes the exclusive combination of The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and the Associated Press, as well as Reuters Fundamentals, and D&B company profiles.

After trying Factiva, please leave a comment.

Friday, June 15, 2007

EZproxy replaces Athens for off-campus access to almost all resources

We have updated the library catalogue and our 'databases' web pages so that all resources that used to use Athens for off-campus access (but needed no password on campus) are now routed via EZproxy. This is possible because EZproxy no longer has problems with firewalls.

Only a handful of resources (none of them e-journals) require an Athens login, and they require it both on- and off-campus. We will soon change our links to these resources so that our link goes straight to our Athens login page.

Monday, June 11, 2007

TRIAL: Small Business Resource Centre

We have a trial of Small Business Resource Centre until 8th July 2007.

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.

To access this trial go to and login with the trial username and password.

After trying the Small Business Resource Centre please leave a comment.

EZproxy upgrade eliminates firewall problems

CSD have moved EZproxy to new hardware and upgraded the EZproxy software to a new version. One major benefit of this upgrade is that EZproxy no longer conflicts with firewalls (in particular NHSnet) so off- campus users, particularly users at NHS sites, will find off-campus access much easier.

We appreciate that many users find Athens confusing, so we will eliminate the need for it wherever possible. Over the next couple of months we will start linking to most Athens-authenticated resources via EZproxy instead, so that EZproxy will in effect provide single sign-on access to most of our e-resources off-campus.

The new version of EZproxy also includes a number of security measures that will help us to ensure that our e-resources are used in accordance with licence terms and conditions.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

TRIAL: Middle East Online Series

Two Middle East Online Series from Thomson Learning are available for trial until 31st July 2007.

Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970: The Middle East Online Series 1, is an online, searchable documentary archive of material from the British Foreign Office, Prime Minister's Office and War Office amongst others, coveirng the period in Palestine from the Balfour Declaration to the Black September war in Jordan and the death of the President of Egypt, Gamal Abdul Nasser, in Septmeber 1970. The collection offers 200,000 pages of text on the politics, adminsitration, wars and diplomacy of the Palestine Mandate and the Arab-Israelu conflict.

Iraq 1914-1974: The Middle East Online Series 2, is a searchable online database of original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers. These papers have been selected to cover the history and politics of Iraq from the beginning of the First World War and the Anglo-Indian landing in Basra, to the rise of Saddam Hussein. Iraq 1914-74 documents the politics, administration, wars and diplomacy in 20th century Iraq in 68, 650 pages or approximately 642 British government files of Iraqi affairs.

To access these trials go to

After trying either or both of these resources please leave a comment, specifying which resource(s) you are referring to.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

TRIAL: Keesing's World News Archive

We have a trial of Keesing's World News Archive (the online equivalent of Keesing's Record of World Events), until 4th July 2007.

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

Keesing's is a complete and comprehensive inventory of the world’s most important political, social and economic events, published month by month since 1931. Keesing’s World News Archive is a web-based database of the full archive - more than 95,000 articles, first from 1931-87 as Keesing’s Contemporary Archives, and then as Keesing’s Record of World Events from 1987 to the present. Articles are added to this archive at the rate of about 150 articles per month.

After trying Keesing's, please leave a comment.