New resource: British Periodicals 1680s-1930s

The British Periodicals collection, which provides access to full-text electronic facsimiles of more than 500 journals and periodicals publilshed between the 1680s and the 1930s has been activated in eSearch. Access is direct on-campus, and by university username and password from off-campus. The resource is described as follows:

British Periodicals provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images.

Among the periodicals in included in British Periodicals are titles founded, edited or regularly contributed to by a host of important figures – Walter Bagehot, Aubrey Beardsley, Annie Besant, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Frances Power Cobbe, William Cobbett, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, Ford Madox Ford, Oliver Goldsmith, Leigh Hunt, Jerome K. Jerome, Samuel Johnson, Sir Roger L’Estrange, G. H. Lewes, Harriet Martineau, Edward Moore, John Morley, John Henry Newman, Margaret Oliphant, W. M. Rossetti, Sir Richard Steele and Tobias Smollett to name but a few. In addition to providing access to the original periodical versions of landmark texts like De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus, Cobbett’s Rural Rides, Bagehot’s The English Constitution, Gaskell’s North and South and Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, the collection offers new ways of exploring the inaccessible, neglected or forgotten writings that formed their original contexts. A wide array of different types of periodical are represented, from magisterial quarterlies and scholarly and professional organs through to coterie art periodicals, penny weeklies and illustrated family magazines.

The British Periodicals collection can be remote-searched and meta-searched in eSearch. Titles in the collection have been activated in SFX, and individual catalogue records for these items will be added to the Library Catalogue at the next update of ejournal records.

A guide to using Shibboleth authentication for the service from off-campus has been added to the eServices Support wiki.

Withdrawn resource: Knovel

LLR’s subscription to the Knovel collection of electronic books concluded at the end of January 2010. All listings of the resource have been withdrawn from eSearch, along with all entries for Knovel eBooks in SFX. All of the individual eBook catalogue records for Knovel titles will be withdrawn shortly.

eBrary – Academic Complete records withdrawn from the Library Catalogue

Following the previously announced changes to LLR’s subscription to eBook content on the eBrary platform, all of the individual eBook records for all titles in the eBrary Academic Complete collection have now been withdrawn from the Library Catalogue. The remaining eBrary eBook records in the OPAC are for the titles within the new eBrary Custom Collection (which LLR is building in preference to the Academic Complete collection).

New ejournal platform: Informa Healthcare

Following the recent re-organisation of content on the InformaWorld platform, access to several electronic journals previously available through InformaWorld have been migrated to the Informa Healthcare site. An example of such a title is: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. Access to subscribed content on the Informa Healthcare platform is direct on-campus and by university username and password (using Shibboleth) from off-campus. A guide to accessing the service using Shibboleth has been added to the eServices Support wiki.

EBSCOhost database: on-campus links in eSearch not resolving to correct database option

The eServices team is working with EBSCOhost technical support to resolve a problem with is causing on-campus (IP authenticated) links from eSearch to EBSCOhost databases to default to the Academic Search Elite (ASE) search screen.

eSearch database level links to the following services, will all resolve to the same ASE interface.

* Academic Search Elite
* Business Source Premier
* EconLit
* International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
* Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
* PsycINFO
* Regional Business News
* SPORTDiscus
* Textile Technology Index

Pending a resolution of this problem, please select the ‘Choose Databases’ link in the main search screen (see illustration below) and use the tick boxes in the pop-up window to select the appropriate database/s.

This problem is not affecting off-campus access to EBSCOhost databases or deep-linking to individual journal titles and article content via SFX.