Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TRIAL: Churchill Archive

University of Liverpool staff and students have a trial access to the Churchill Archive until 23rd October 2015.

To access this trial go to:
 (login required off-campus).

Developed by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, the Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history.

It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past.

After trying the Churchill Archive, 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

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Updating the repository's look and feel - we want your feedback

As part of our continual efforts to improve user interaction, we have redesigned the front page and menus of the University of Liverpool Repository. The redesign is now available for testing and comment on the training server, which can be found at:


Please note that as this is a test server, it cannot be accessed outside of the university network. Off campus access can be gained by using Apps Anywhere

The main changes that have been made are:

  • The login and user functions have been incorporated into the left hand menu. This should give a more unified experience, with all links to actions now incorporated into the same place on screen.
  • Search has also been moved to the left hand side, making it always available.
  • A few small UI and functionality tweaks at the back end in response to various issues raised
We always welcome feedback - we are especially interested in hearing any views about this new front end before we make it live in the coming days. Please add them as a comment to this post, or send them via email to the author.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The University Repository Request Copy Spam

Recently the University Repository was the victim of a spammer using its inbuilt functions to send spam to a number of members of staff the following is a short report on the incident

How did it happen?
The attackers performed a search for all repository items with a full text document. They then individually requested each file. The files that are
restricted (embargoed) bring up a page, which allows the corresponding author to be sent a message. They wrote a script that injected the spam into this page and sent it.

The requests were from domains such as dynamic.isp.telekom.rs  - basically a free IP service in Serbia that effectively masks the computer which could be in any part of the world 

What have we put in place in response to this? In short, we have removed the function - you now need to log in to see restricted files . . .

As far as we can tell from analysing the usage of the repository, the function had vanishingly small legitimate use, so we are not planning on re-enabling it. Please let us know in the comments below if this function is something that you would find useful and we can examine ways of sanitising (ensuring in future no spam is allowed through the text field) the form.

Monday, August 10, 2015

NEW RESOURCE: EBSCO eBook Clinical Collection

University of Liverpool staff and students now have access to the Ebsco eBook Clinical Collection.

The Ebsco eBook Clinical Collection contains over 2,000 titles focusing on medical specialties, nursing, allied health and general practice areas.

Titles are from 2008 onwards, with a significant majority published after 2010 and all have unlimited simultaneous user access. Newer titles replace older content as they become available, so users always have access to the latest information.

Access via the library catalogue or click here 

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Planned Downtime: Wiley Online Library

Wiley Online Library will have intermittent access on Saturday 8th August 2015 from 10am to 4pm whilst the publisher undertakes essential maintenance on the platform. Wiley apologise for the inconvenience.