New resources: Equis and Canis – accessible via standalone PCs at Brackenhurst

Access to the veterinary databases Equis and Canis has been set up on two standalone PCs in Resource Room B on the Brackenhurst campus. These resources have been set up as single-user standalone resources as it is not currently possible to provide institution-wide networked access for them. When a customer logs on to the relevant PC, a shortcut link to the resource and to a walkthrough how-to guide will be accessible directly from the desktop. Access to each resource is by a specific username and password (which is contained in the secured walkthrough guide). Entries for both resources have been added to eSearch (without a clickthrough link, but with location and access details).

Canis is described as follows:

Canis provides up-to-date canine specific clinical information for people working in the veterinary profession. It is possible to search by keyword, browse by topic or look up specific drug therapies. Content is provided in a concise, easy–to–use format and is enhanced with comprehensive cross–linking of related content, diagnostic images and sounds. Browsing by topic provides a link to the latest published research in PubMed and suggests related websites. There is also a collection of owner factsheets specifically written for owners to aid their understanding of various conditions and veterinary procedures.

Equis is described as follows:

Equis provides up-to-date equine specific clinical information for people working in the veterinary profession. It is possible to search by keyword, browse by topic or look up specific drug therapies. Content is provided in a concise, easy–to–use format and is enhanced with comprehensive cross–linking of related content, diagnostic images and sounds. Browsing by topic provides a link to the latest published research in PubMed and suggests related websites. There is also a collection of owner factsheets specifically written for owners to aid their understanding of various conditions and veterinary procedures.

New resource: Gartner

The Gartner database service has been added to eSearch, and linked to the Computing and Technology Sub-Categories. Access to the resource on- and off-campus is by NTU domain, username and password. The resource is described as follows:

Gartner is an information and technology research and advisory firm with a world-wide focus. It provides research analyses, predictions, reports, briefings and a wide variety of other materials for IT professionals and specialists working in all information and technology fields. The site includes ‘Research Fast Finder’ materials organised by markets, topics and industries; research methodology tools; blogs and podcasts; and provides information about the company’s consultancy, conferencing and training opportunities and initiatives.

This resource has been licensed for the university by Information Systems.

isurv – new platform and authentication methods

The isurv service has migrated to a new, updated platform (which includes the 2008 edition of the ‘Red Book’), and links in eSearch have been updated accordingly. On-campus access to isurv (which was previously by specific username and password) is now direct; off-campus access (by NTU domain, username and password) will be available shortly. The previous entry for isurv on the ‘Other Passwords’ page is therefore now redundant and will be withdrawn shortly.

Access to Emerald Fulltext on a go-slow

Emerald Insight are carrying out server maintenance which means that we’re experiencing slow response times when accessing the Emerald Fulltext database, particularly when trying to open PDF or HTML documents (the delay can be as long as 5+ minutes). Hopefully normal service will be restored shortly, but I will let you know when Emerald report that their work is completed.