Resolved: Access to CIS and OHSIS

ACCESS TO BOTH the Construction Information Service (CIS) and the Occupational Health and Safety Information Service (OHSIS) has been reinstated following the loss of authenticated access reported on Monday.

Access to these services is now through different modules of the new IHS Markit platform (part of S&P Global).

The library is working with both Digital Technologies and the technical team at S&P Global to reinstate authenticated access to the service using the university’s Single Sign-on framework.

In the meantime, access is once again available by means of an individual account registration (associated with an NTU staff or student email address).

Illustrated guides to the registration process have been added to the Find Databases listing for CIS and OHSIS – along with the dedicated new registration link.

Access to CIS (Construction Information Service) Database currently unavailable

Attempts from NTU users to access CIS (Construction Information Service) are currenty resulting in an error message.

We are working with the service provider to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

Construction Information Service – off-campus access restored

THE PREVIOUSLY REPORTED issue preventing off-campus access to the Construction Information Service – off-campus access has now been resolved.

Off-campus access to the service is once again available via university username and password.

Off-campus access links in the Find Databases service to the LACORS and OHSIS databases have also been updated to ensure continuity of access.

The Construction Information Services platform

Construction Information Service – off-campus access unavailable

THE LIBRARY IS working with the suppliers of the Construction Information Service platform to restore off-campus access to the service. At present off-campus access is unavailable; although on-campus access has not been affected.

A further update will follow once off-campus access to the CIS platform is confirmed to be restored and working normally.

The Construction Information Services platform

Find Databases: resource review (September 2016)

Find Databases - Library OneSearch
Following a detailed review by the Research Support and Learning and Teaching teams, a number of changes have been made to the list of resources made available through the Find Databases service of Library OneSearch (which will also be reflected, later today, in searches in the ‘All’ search tab of LOS). The changes are detailed below:


  • AEI (Australian Education Index)
  • Bankscope
  • British Library Sounds
  • Child Development and Adolescent Studies
  • Construction Information Service
  • CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) Online Publications
  • FAME
  • Family Law Online
  • Information Asset Register
  • Interior Internet
  • Mintel
  • MyiLibrary
  • NBS Educator
  • NBS TV
  • Passport (formerly Passport GMID)
  • Planning portal
  • PoliticsHome
  • Westlaw


  • Biosciences Image Bank
  • biz/ed
  • Epistemelinks
  • LexisPSL
  • Women’s Studies
  • WWW Virtual Library: Archnet

If you’d like any further information about the specific changes that have been made to any of the resources listed above, please get in touch.

Authentication changes: IHS database services

On-campus and off-campus authentication to the IHS database services has changed, and links in eSearch have been updated accordingly. On-campus access to The Construction Information Service, OHSIS (Occupational Health and Safety Information Service) and Trading Standards Specialist is now direct; and off-campus access is via university username and password. Athens authenticated access to these services is no longer available at present.

These arrangements have been agreed with IHS as an interim arrangement to enable access to these services while the company’s work to support the new Shibboleth framework is completed. Once IHS is Shibboleth-compliant, off-campus access will continue to be by university username and password; while on-campus access may also then require a university username and password (i.e. no longer be direct). eServices will provide updates on this as IHS concludes its work to support Shibboleth.

New resource: CIS (Construction Information Service)

Access to the Construction Information Service database has been activated in eSearch. Access on-campus and off-campus is by Athens username and password. The resource is described as follows:

The Construction Information Service provides electronic access to an index of standards, regulatory and advisory documents for the UK construction industry plus their full-text images, either scanned facsimiles or in Adobe PDF format. The Service gives you both bibliographic data such as document titles and summaries and facsimile images of the original documents.

CIS has been added to the same eSearch sub-Categories as the withdrawn Barbour Construction service (in Architecture and Civil Engineering; Property, Construction and Surveying; and Psychology, Sociology, Health and Social Care). CIS is provided on the same IHS platform as the OHSIS and Trading Standards Specialist services.