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 Bibliography of British and Irish History Online has been added to the Find Databases service.
This resource provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British empire and commonwealth and is described as follows:
As well as providing details of publications, the bibliography offers links to online catalogues to help you find the items that it lists in research libraries in Britain and Ireland. It also provides links to online text where available. The bibliography is a guide to the work of historians – it does not contain original sources, unless they have been edited and republished by historians (except for a selection of key sources published before 1901). The bibliography lists books, articles in books and articles in journals. Some 800 journals and series are regularly checked.
Access to the resource is by university username and password.
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.
The LS:N global platform, which is paid for by the School of Art & Design, and available through the library’s Find Databases platform, is currently unavailable both on and off campus.
Attempts to access content will prompt for a membership login.
The School of Art and Design contact is working with LS:N to try and resolve this issuehe recent access issues for LS:N global platform have now been resolved and NTU’s membership is being recognised again.
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.
LEXIS+ UK AND NEXIS are new platforms that have replaced Lexis Library and Nexis UK.
Updated listings for Lexis+ UK and Nexis are available from the Find Databases service.
Authenticated access to the resources is by university username and password from both on and off campus.
Over 4,700 individual titles from both resources are now discoverable on Library OneSearch including a wide range of books and journals, legal commentary and a selection of UK newspapers.
A guide is available explaining how to migrate saved data including alerts, saved searches and bookshelf sources from Lexis Library to the new Lexis+ UK platform. This guide will be available until the end of November 2022.
Once logged in to My Research, it’s possible to export a total of 10 thousand records in a single set.
The 10k record threshold is in effect whether the search is carried out on a single ProQuest database or when searching several ProQuest databases in combination.
When a results set contains fewer than 10k records, the Export Results feature is available (see illustration below). If a search returns more than 10k records, the Export Results option is disabled.
Licensing restrictions mean that records in some of the databases provided through the ProQuest platform are not available for export. This can be an issue when searching across multiple databases on the ProQuest site simultaneously.
When that occurs attempts to export the results will generate a pop-up message indicating that: “Your selection includes one or more articles that can’t be included in your request” (see illustration below).
There is no option which allows the automatic removal of the records in the set of search results preventing the export. However, clicking or tapping the ‘question mark’ icon in the top-right of the pop-up message (see illustration above) will display a list of the databases from which the export of records is restricted.
To remove the offending records from the export, first select the Database facet from the result set, and choose the More option (see illustration below).
In the Database pop-up, select the Exclude option for export-restricted databases and choose Apply (see illustration below).
Once any unexportable database records have been removed, the Export results option will open a new pop-up. Having read the ‘Terms and Conditions’, select the required export format, choose whether or not to include Abstracts, and click or tap Accept.
The requested records will not be immediately available for export, as the record set needs first to be processed on ProQuest’s servers.
To retrieve the records, access the My Research area, and select the Searches tab (see illustration below).
Newly requested exports will display and may indicate that ProQuest is still “Processing Results…” (see illustration below).
Once the processing has completed, the Exports Results option will be activated for that results set (see illustration below). Selecting the Export Results option will trigger the download of the matching saved search items in the selected format.
There is no need to remain logged into the ProQuest platform while a set of search results is processed. The next time that a student or researcher logs into their My Research area, previously saved searches will be listed in the Searches tab, along with the Export Results option.
ProQuest apply a limit of two such large exports per day. Additional search results sets can be saved in the Searches tab for future export.
The Bloomsbury Fashion Central resource has re-launched today on a brand new platform.
On and off campus access to the new platform remains unchanged, and links are available from the Find Databases page. All previously saved or bookmarked links to items will automatically redirect, and there is the option to create a new personal account and add them there.
The upgraded resource is described as follows:
Bloomsbury Fashion Central is a digital hub for interdisciplinary research in fashion and dress. It includes major reference works, articles, eBooks, video content, runway and backstage photos from fashion shows, and tens of thousands of images from museums around the world. There are three resources to explore:
The Berg Fashion Library contains over 100 eBooks, more than 13,000 colour images and other reference works.
This is complemented by the Fairchild Books Library, which includes another 150 eBooks on all aspects of fashion.
Finally, the Fashion Photography Archive covers forty years of contemporary fashion history and contains over 750,000 images.
FOLLOWING THE ADDITION of the O’Reilly for Higher Education collection to the Find Databases services, individual discovery records for materials from the platform are now available in Library OneSearch and Library OneSearch Pro.
More than 64,000 new records are now discoverable, including the following examples.
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