New resource: OverDrive

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.

Discovering OverDrive content

New entries for the main OverDrive platform and for the OverDrive Magazine Collection have been added to the Find Databases service.

Individual titles from LLR’s OverDrive subscription are also discoverable through Library OneSearch and Library OneSearch Pro, including:

New content purchased by LLR will also be immediately discoverable on both the OverDrive platform and through the Libby app.

New resource: Bibliography of British and Irish History Online

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.

LS:N Global currently unavailable – resolved

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The login issues to LS:N Global have now been fixed by the LSN:Global technical team.

The NTU membership is being recognised again and access restored.

Access is direct from on-campus and by University username and password off-campus.

LS:N apologise for the disruption this has caused.

New resource: The Literary Encyclopedia

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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.

LS:N Global currently unavailable

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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.

ProQuest platform – scheduled maintenance – 8 January 2023

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A ROUTINE MAINTENANCE period on the ProQuest platform is scheduled for Sunday 8 January 2023, between 3:00 and 8:00 (UK time).

This means that the following ProQuest databases, eBook platforms and services, to which the library subscribes, will be unavailable throughout the five-hour period, 3:00 to 8:00 (UK time):

  • Alexander Street Press
  • EBook Central
  • Syndetics solutions
  • All databases on the platform, namely:
    • Academic Video Online‎
    • Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts (ASSIA)‎ (1987 – current)
    • Art, Design & Architecture Collection‎ (1973 – current)
    • Art and Architecture Archive‎ (1895 – 2005)
    • Australian Education Index‎ (1977 – current)
    • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals‎ (1934 – current)
    • British Periodicals‎ (1681 – 1939)
    • Country Life Archive‎ (1897 – 2005)
    • Digital National Security Archive‎
    • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive‎ (1880 – 2000)
    • ERIC‎ (1966 – current)
    • Humanities Index‎ (1962 – current)
    • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)‎ (1951 – current)
    • MLA International Bibliography‎ (1926 – current)
    • Periodicals Archive Online‎
    • PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress‎ (1871 – current)
    • ProQuest Central‎ (1970 – current)
      • ABI/INFORM Collection (1971 – current)
      • Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection (1971 – current)
      • Arts & Humanities Database information
      • Asian & European Business Collection (1971 – current)
      • Australia & New Zealand Database information
      • Biology Database (1998 – current)
      • Business Market Research Collection (1986 – current)
      • Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database information
      • Canadian Newsstream information
      • Career & Technical Education Database information
      • Computing Database (1998 – current)
      • Continental Europe Database information
      • Criminal Justice Database (1981 – current)
      • East & South Asia Database information
      • East Europe, Central Europe Database information
      • Education Database (1988 – current)
      • Family Health Database information
      • Global Breaking Newswires information
      • Health & Medical Collection information
      • Health Management Database information
      • India Database (1998 – current)
      • International Newsstream information
      • Latin America & Iberia Database information
      • Library Science Database (1970 – current)
      • Linguistics Database information
      • Middle East & Africa Database information
      • Military Database information
      • Nursing & Allied Health Database information
      • Political Science Database (1985 – current)
      • Psychology Database information
      • Public Health Database information
      • Publicly Available Content Database information
      • Religion Database (1986 – current)
      • Research Library information
      • Science Database information
      • Social Science Database information
      • Sociology Database (1985 – current)
      • Telecommunications Database (1995 – current)
      • Turkey Database information
      • UK & Ireland Database information
      • US Newsstream (1980 – current)
    • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global‎
    • PsycARTICLES‎ (1894 – current)
    • PsycINFO‎ (1806 – current)
    • PsycTESTS‎
    • Sociological Abstracts‎ (1952 – current)
      • Social Services Abstracts (1979 – current)
      • Sociological Abstracts (1952 – current)
    • Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War‎ (1914 – 1919)
    • The Vogue Archive‎
    • The Women’s Wear Daily Archive‎

i-law platform registration changes logo

ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS FOR the twelve titles that the library subscribes to on the i-law platform have been updated in Library OneSearch and Library OneSearch Pro.

Previously, students and staff members accessing titles such as Construction Law Reporter and Lloyd’s maritime and commercial law quarterly were required to use a secure shared username and password.

Now individual account registration is required on the i-law platform, based on an NTU staff or student email address.

A new library guide (linked to from all twelve subscribed i-law titles available through Library OneSearch) provides an illustrated walkthrough of the account registration process.

Updated and withdrawn free-to-access databases

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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.

Withdrawn resources

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.

Updated resources

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.

Updated resources: Lexis+ UK and Nexis

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.

Exporting large record sets from EBSCOhost and ProQuest databases

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ENHANCEMENTS HAVE BEEN rolled out to support the export of larger quantities of search results from databases on both the EBSCOhost and ProQuest database platforms.

Interest has been growing, amongst students and researchers, in the ability to export multiple thousands of records from two of the library’s most widely used database platforms.


When staff and students search on any of the databases on the EBSCOhost platform (such as Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete or SportDiscus – with Full Text) the Share feature now includes the option to generate a downloadable set of search results, up to a maximum of 25,000 records in any one set (see illustration below).

Choosing that option loads a screen on which the requester can add a preferred email address and the format in which the records should be generated (such as a .ris file).

The 25k record threshold is in effect whether the search is carried out on a single EBSCOhost database or when searching several EBSCOhost databases in combination.

The Export Results option on the EBSCOhost platform

Once the requested records have been compiled, the requester will receive an email including a direct download link.


In order to take avantage of the full export options on the ProQuest platform (which provides access to the ASSIA [Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts] and IBSS [International Bibliography of the Social Sciences] databases amongst many others) staff and students need to create and then log in to their PQ My Research account (see illustration below).

The Sign into My Research option on the ProQuest platform

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.

A display of a results set from a database on the ProQuest platform

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).

A message indicating that a result set contains records that cannot be exported from the ProQuest platform

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).

The Databases facet in a result set on the ProQuest platform

In the Database pop-up, select the Exclude option for export-restricted databases and choose Apply (see illustration below).

The option to exclude individual databases from a results set on the ProQuest platform

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).

The Searches tab of the My Research area on the ProQuest platform

Newly requested exports will display and may indicate that ProQuest is still “Processing Results…” (see illustration below).

A set of requested search results being processed for export on the ProQuest platform

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.

The Export Results option in the Searches tab of the My Research area on the ProQuest platform

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.

Updated resource: Bloomsbury Fashion Central

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.

O’Reilly for Higher Education discovery records

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.

Alternative scriptwriting / Ken Dancyger

Chroma / Nick Fancher

Cisco voice gateways and gatekeepers / Denise Donohue

Character mentor / Tom Bancroft

Authenticated access to all O’Reilly for Higher Education titles is by university username and password.