Thursday, April 30, 2009

E-Journal Archiving in Action

Oxford Journals announced this week that the journal Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, which had been discontinued, will be stop being hosted on the Oxford Journals site and will instead be accessible through Portico (for members of Portico like the University of Liverpool) and through CLOCKSS.

This joins two SAGE journals, Auto/Biography and Graft: Organ and Cell Transplantation, which last year stopped being hosted on SAGE Journals Online and instead became available through these same two e-journal archiving platforms.

These actions demonstrate that publishers are collaborating with global e-journal archiving solutions to ensure the permanent preservation of online journals even when the publisher decides to no longer host the journals themselves. Most major publishers are members of Portico and/or CLOCKSS.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Metalib resource updates

Following this month's update to the Metalib 'knowledge base' the following resources are now available to search in Metalib, or have had their search functionality improved:

- JSTOR: we now offer separate searches of each of our subscribed collections: JSTOR Arts & Sciences I-IV and VII (formerly Complement), Biological Sciences, Ireland. The main entry for JSTOR still searches all JSTOR collections (but note that we don't subscribe to JSTOR Arts & Sciences V or VI). A seperate entry for 19th Century British Pamphlets is not yet available.

- Royal Society Journals: this searches all years of all Royal Society journals. Note that we have full access to Royal Society journals.

- Oxford Music Online: it is now possible to search all areas of Oxford Music Online as a signle resource (though as only 30 searches are initially returned from any Metalib resource you may prefer to search the 4 existing sub-targets for the components of Oxford Music Online).

- Cambridge Companions Online: this is now a fully-functional search, i.e. the records are returned to the Metalib interface (previously we just linked out the search results on the CCO site). The SFX links have been suppressed from the returned records because a much more reliable way to link to the required chapter is to follow the direct link from the full Metalib record.

- Cambridge Scientific Abstracts: the following databases can now be searched in Metalib: Algology Mycology and Protozoology Abstracts, Genetics Abstracts, Oncogenes and Growth Factors Abstracts, Virology and AIDS Abstracts.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

TRIAL: Reaxys - DiscoveryGate Replacement

We have a trial of Elsevier's new platform for Beilstein and Gmelin, Reaxys, until 15th May 2009.

To access this trial go to Off-campus users should use the Windows Terminal Service version of Internet Explorer. If we proceed with a subscription we will set up access via EZproxy as usual.

Reaxys has been designed by chemists to improve the workflow of chemistry researchers. Its search, analysis and workflow tools are designed around the needs and common tasks of users, including:

- Synthesis planner to design the optimum synthesis route
- Multi-step reactions to identify precursor reactions underlying synthesis of target compounds
- Additional search capabilities such as the ability to generate structure query from names or phrases
- Search result filters by key properties, synthesis yield, or other ranking criteria
- Results visualization
- Similarity search
- Transformation analysis

For more information see the Reaxys info site.

After using Reaxys please leave your comments below. 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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

EZproxy downtime - workarounds

The EZproxy server went down over the weekend due to a disk failure. It is now running again using an alternative disk. If ever you experience a problem with EZproxy functionality, here is how to bypass EZproxy but still obtain access to the Library's e-resources whether you are on- or off-campus:

1. For On-campus use

Right-click on the link to the resource and copy the shortcut.

Paste that into your browser’s location bar (i.e. the place where the URL of the current page appears).

Delete from the URL and hit return.

e.g. the New Scientist is rather than

2. For Off-campus use

Use the Windows Terminal Service at (You may need to install client software on your PC – follow the links on the WTS login page to do so).

In the WTS, click on the Office or Web folders and then click on Internet Explorer 7 or IE7.

Then use that version of Internet Explorer to visit web pages, and use the technique above to remove from the URLs.

When you use the WTS you are running Internet Explorer on an on-campus server and then windowing its output to your PC.

The WTS also gives you simple access to your M: drive for downloading the articles that you require.

Friday, April 03, 2009


We have a trial of BioOne until the end of July 2009. To access this trial go to or browse the journals in the catalogue.

BioOne is a collection of independent society and organizational publishers' journals in the biological sciences.

Our trial includes:

BioOne.1: 87 titles across the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. 84% of BioOne.1's titles are ISI ranked, and many titles are considered leaders in their respective fields.

BioOne.2: 58 titles, the majority of which have not been previously available online. 62% of BioOne.2 titles are non-US based.

All these titles have been added to the library catalogue and SFX. We have also added/activated BioOne's
Open Access titles which we will of course retain after the trial concludes.

After using BioOne please leave your comments below. 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.