AUTHENTICATED ACCESS TO WGSN (the World Global Style Network) is now by university username and password.
On-campus and off-campus access URLs have been updated on the WGSN Find Databases listing.
The move to Single Sign On (SSO), advance notice of which was shared on 17 March, replaces the need for staff and students to register and maintain individual accounts, and to remember personally created WGSN credentials. SSO based accounts at WGSN will not expire, as long as the student’s or staff member’s NTU account remains active.
As part of the migration process, all existing personalised settings on WGSN have been moved over to the new Single Sign On environment. This means that no manual intervention is required to ensure account continuity.
FROM 29 MARCH 2023, authenticated access to WGSN (the World Global Style Network) will be by university username and password.
The move to Single Sign On (SSO) will replace the need for staff and students to register and maintain individual accounts, and to remember personally created WGSN credentials.
The migration to SSO for WGSN will take place at around 14:00 on 29 March 2023, at which point the access details on the Find Databases listing for WGSN will be updated. The move will not involve any downtime and, up until the point of switchover, NTU staff and students will be able to continue using their existing WGSN account credentials.
As part of the migration process, all existing personalised settings on WGSN will be moved over to the new Single Sign On environment. This means that no manual intervention will be required to ensure account continuity.
The move to SSO for WGSN will make for a far better user experience of the service, and resolve the problems caused by personal account expiry and forgotten password information.
AUTHENTICATED ACCESS TO the legacy version of RefWorks (v2) is no longer available to staff and students at Nottingham Trent University, following the removal of NTU from the drop-down list of Shibboleth sites on the legacy platform.
This withdrawal process has taken far longer than intended due to delays by ProQuest in completing the necessary technical work.
Since the launch of RefWorks v3, LLR had been supporting both the new and the legacy versions, to allow sufficient time for users of the legacy version to complete existing research activities without needing to migrate mid-project.
Library support for both versions had been in place for several years. Throughout that time new staff and students had been encouraged by the library to create accounts in RefWorks v3, and the LTT has provided training exclusively for the much-improved new version.
However, a minority of existing v2 users had continued to regularly log in to the legacy version of RefWorks, and a small number of new v2 accounts had been created.
The library has contacted all v2 RefWorks users that have been active on the platform in the past twelve months, offering support and guidance about how to migrate to RefWorks v3. Many have completed the migration to the new platform following this advice.
If any staff member or student contacts the library to report that they need access to references held in their legacy RefWorks account, LLR can – even now – assist them with the migration process. In any such cases, a Dynamics ticket should be raised for the attention of the ATS team, with details of the individual concerned.
ProQuest will decommission the legacy version of RefWorks entirely on 30 June 2023.
ACCESS TO A growing collection of eBook, audiobook and magazine content is now available to Nottingham Trent University students and staff through the OverDrive platform.
Rather than traditional academic disciplines, materials made available via OverDrive instead focus on well-being, self-help and resilience, and leisure and recreational reading. The Magazine Collection, to which LLR has subscribed, additionally provides access to full electronic versions of thousands of newsstand titles, grouped into themes such as: Celebrity; Entertainment; Cooking & Food; Home & Garden and Politics and Current Affairs.
Accessing OverDrive content
Access to OverDrive materials is through the OverDrive web site and also through the Libby app (available for Android and iOS devices).
Authentication to OverDrive content is by university username and password. NTU staff and students need to register an OverDrive ‘library card’ which then entitles them to ‘borrow’ eBooks and audiobooks from the platform (up to 30 at any one time, for an initial seven day loan period). Once registered, the loaning of magazine issues is unlimited.
Because the way that OverDrive provisions electronic material is different to the normal academic publisher model, LLR is providing an illustrated walkthrough guide to: how to register an OverDrive ‘library card’; how to loan, renew and return items; and how to place holds, through both the OverDrive web site and Libby app.
A NEW LISTING for the Archive of the British Association for the Advancement of Science has been added to the Find Databases service.
Materials in the collection cover the period 1830s to the 1970s, and the archive is described as follows:
The archive of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) and connected collections from UK universities. The archive covers the subject areas of astronomy, biology, technology, industrial design, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, agriculture, meteorology, physics, history of science and STEM, and government grants for scientific research. It brings together administrative records, correspondence, illustrations, manuscripts, photographs, prototypes, clippings, personal papers and grey literature.
Access to the resource is by university username and password.
The collections is licenced for use by UK HEIs through an agreement with JISC which currently concludes on 31 December 2031.
ACCESS TO THE Subculture Archives is now available through a new listing in the library’s Find Databases service.
The resource is described as follows:
A multimedia archive of primary sources exploring 100 years of youth culture through the scenes, styles, sounds and signifiers of different youth movements. The Subculture Archives contains images and photographs; recorded and transcribed oral histories, podcasts and playlists; flyers and ephemera; and many examples of fashion, graphic design and printed publications. Drawing on the work of The Subcultures Network of academic researchers, the archive also includes lectures, articles, videos and other research materials.
Authenticated access to the resource is by university username and password.
The resource appears as a ‘Recommended Database’ in Library OneSearch and Library OneSearch Pro when running searches for terms such as ‘counterculture’, ‘subculture’, ‘youth culture’, ‘punk’, ‘hippy’, ‘acid house’ and other related terms.
A subscription to the Subcultures Archives has been paid for by the Nottingham School of Art & Design. The first subscription year runs until 17 January 2024.
A NEW LISTING for The Literary Encyclopedia has been added to the Find Databases service.
The resource was previous only discoverable as an ejournal. In its new database listing, the encyclopedia is described as follows:
The Literary Encyclopedia is a wide-ranging reference work focused on literary and cultural history. The encyclopedia includes biographies of major and minor writers; scholarly descriptions of these authors’ texts; and reflective and analytical essays on literary, cultural and historical matters. It aims to cover the full breath of world literature including English, American, German, Russian, Italian, French, and Classical literatures, and a growing body of material covering Hispanic, Japanese, Canadian, East European and various postcolonial literatures.
Access to the resource is by university username and password, on-campus and off-campus.
FOLLOWING AN AUDIT of the free-to-access resources in the Find Databases service recently completed by the Serials team, several entries have been updated or withdrawn.
Political resources on the Net
This resource has been withdrawn by its publishers and is now only available as a snapshot in the index of the Internet Archive.
Sociological Tour through Cyberspace, A
This resource has been withdrawn by Trinity University and is now only available as a snapshot in the index of the Internet Archive.
JISC Historic Books
The on-campus and off-campus access URLs of the Find Databases listing for this licensed-free-for-HE resource have been updated to reflect a change in the WAYFLess URL format supported by the platform. Authenticated access remains by university username and password.
Keele Guide to Government & Politics on the Internet > British Government and Politics on the Internet
The Keele Guide to Government & Politics on the internet has now become the British Government and Politics on the Internet directory. The title, on-campus and off-campus URLs and Category assignments of the Find Databases listing for this resource have been updated accordingly.
Linguist List, The
The on-campus and off-campus access URLs of the Find Databases listing for this resource have been updated to reflect the reorganisation and relaunch of the site.
Marx and Engels’ Writings > Marx Engels Archive
The Marx and Engels’ Writings site is no longer active and is now only available as a snapshot in the index of the Internet Archive. The resource has therefore been replaced by the Marx Engels Archive which provides much of the same searchable full-text material.
NDAD (National Digital Archive of Datasets)
Both on-campus and off-campus access URLs of the Find Database listing for this resource have been updated to reflect the fact that the NDAD has now been incorporated in the main National Archives platform.
Supreme Court Applications
The on-campus and off-campus access URLs of the Find Databases listing for this resource have been updated following a reorganisation of the (UK) Supreme Court web site.
THE LISTING FOR the Zetoc abstract, indexing and table of contents service, has been withdrawn from the library’s Find Databases list following JISC’s retirement of the platform.
Zetoc was amongst the first online databases that the library enabled access to shortly after its launch in September 2000. Zetoc was also one of the first integrations to be bundled into the library’s then-new SFX OpenURL resolver service in 2004.
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