Posted on February 1st, 2013 by Paul Stainthorp
We have experienced a number of problems lately with the RefWorks direct export feature from certain databases.
While the problems appear to have been resolved for now, here are three suggestions for alternative methods of getting references out of databases and into your RefWorks account, just in case direct export fails.
- Try logging out of your RefWorks account and closing the browser window. Then go to the database and try the direct export again. Sometimes (and for some unknown reason) a direct export will not work if RefWorks is already open, but it will work if RefWorks is launched anew by the direct export process itself. When the direct export process launches RefWorks, you will probably not be logged in to your account – click on “Athens Credentials” to start the login process.
- Try finding the article(s) you’re trying to export in Find it at Lincoln, instead of the native database. Then export them from Find it at Lincoln using the following process:
- Click the “Add to folder” icon next to each article record you want to export to RefWorks.
- A “Folder has items” box will appear on the right-hand side of the screen. Click on “Folder View”.
- In the “Folder Contents” screen, select all the items you wish to export, click the “Export” icon on the right-hand side of the screen, then select “Direct Export to RefWorks”.
- Instead of direct export, try exporting the records from your database as a file (in either RIS or BibTeX format). This will give you a plain text file to save to your computer. Then, log in to your RefWorks account and import the file by going to “References” > “Import”, then choosing the correct file format (RIS/BibTeX) from the “Import Filter/Data Source” drop-down menu, and choosing your saved file to import.
Posted on September 7th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
Now that the Library website is live, we need to start referring all students and staff to the new website and not to the University Portal for information about the Library’s services. We need to all-but-remove the word Portal from our vocabulary when we’re talking to students*.
*N.B. I’m only talking about the Library here. Other parts of the University still use the Portal as a vehicle to communicate with students – and even more so with staff, although the whole Portal (University-wide) is due to be replaced with an updated SharePoint system by 2014.
Most Library content on the Portal is now available in some form on the new website. Library Portal content has been replaced by messages redirecting users to the new site. Library Portal sites have been hidden from the main Portal navigation (but permissions have been left in place, so that links from other sites to our Library Portal pages go somewhere meaningful.
- A small number of Library Portal sites still need to be moved across to the new site (or ditched entirely and not replaced): we’re working through these.
- Help guides
- Repository Steering Group
- Services for students with disabilities
- SPSS licence codes
- Using other libraries
- The Databases site on the Portal (which until now we’ve referred to as the “e-Library”) is a special case – this will stay in place for a while longer, until we can replicate it using (probably) LibGuides.
- We’ll also continue to use the Portal for our Library Staff Pages (i.e. as a staff intranet and store for staff documentation). We hope to move this content to the ‘new’ SharePoint/Portal in 2014-
- I’ve updated all the links to the Library from the Portal home page (https://portal.lincoln.ac.uk/), so that they point to our new site. Similarly, links on the University’s corporate website (http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/libraryservices/) have been updated.
- Links to our services on the front page of the library catalogue (HiP)—which are stored in an XML/RSS file—have been updated so that they match (…ish) the top-level navigation options of the new website.
- We still need to look at our presence on Blackboard. We’ll continue to use Blackboard to offer specific, teaching-and-learning-focused services to students and staff.
- All of these changes (and the recent introduction of EZproxy) means we need new, updated guidance on authentication for our users – we’re working on a LibGuide specifically to address authentication problems.
Posted on August 8th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
The Library has access to Scopus on a trial basis, until 6 September 2012.
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature. Scopus contains 47 million records (70% with abstracts) from 19,000 titles, and from more than 5,000 international publishers. Covers scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.
You can log in to Scopus via the Portal or Blackboard.
N.B. individual Athens login to Scopus is not yet available, so personalised functions (search alerts; document citation alerts; saved searches) are not currently available to University of Lincoln users.
When you search Scopus, you can check whether an article is available in full text at the University of Lincoln, by clicking on the “Find full text” link underneath each article in the search results.
The University of Lincoln will be using this trial period of access to investigate how bibliometric/citation data from Scopus can be combined with data from the Lincoln Repository to provide services to help with research information management and the REF 2014.
There’s a suite of help guides for Scopus, here.
For more information on Scopus please contact your subject librarian.
Posted on May 15th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
We’re now using a new version of the ProQuest database search platform for access to 11 library databases from the ProQuest company. This includes several familiar databases on an ‘academic’ version of the platform (including our full-text ProQuest business and biology content as well as the abstract-and-index databases which used to be part of Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), and three education databases (formerly of Dialog Datastar) on a ‘professional’ platform. The login links to all 11 databases have been updated on the University Portal and on the e-journals A-to-Z.
1. ProQuest academic platform (most databases)
2. ProQuest professional platform (ex-Dialog Datastar education databases)
N.B. the ERIC database is available on both platforms.
When logging in to certain of these databases, you may be asked to confirm your institution. You can do this by selecting ‘United Kingdom (UK Access Management Federation for Education)’ from the first drop-down menu – then ’University of Lincoln’ from the second drop-down menu which then appears – before clicking on ‘Login’.
For help with using these or any Library databases, please contact your subject librarian!
Posted on March 7th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
N.B. I’m blogging these problems affecting our EBSCOhost databases (and a solution, of sorts) on behalf of a colleague: this sort of sophisticated database searching is way beyond me!
Certain very advanced search techniques in the EBSCOhost databases are leading to unexpected results when performed using Internet Explorer 7, the University of Lincoln’s default browser.
It appears that the way to get around these problems is to use Google Chrome instead of IE7. Chrome is available to install from the corporate desktop at Lincoln (and free to download onto your own computer).
The problems are as follows (screenshots available here):
- Problem #1. The user runs a multi-line search within one EBSCOhost database, then enters ‘Search History’ and switches the database using ‘Choose Databases’ … then clicks on ‘Refresh Search Results’. EBSCOhost “hangs” indefinitely and does not complete the search.
- Problem #2. The user is logged in to ‘My Account’ and views the results of an existing search from within ’Search History’ using ‘View Results’… then clicks on ‘Add to folder’ for one of the results. The browser responds with ‘Error on page’.
If you’re getting either of these problems or similar when using EBSCOhost databases in IE7, give Chrome a try and/or contact your subject librarian for advice.
Posted on March 2nd, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
As part of our authentication review project (more about which soon), ICT services are helping us to set up and configure EZproxy as a supplementary/complementary system for providing access to third-party e-resources. Several universities have identified EZproxy as a useful (albeit quick ‘n’ dirty – and not uncontroversial) tool for circumventing some of the problems of authenticating to deep-linked resources from within discovery tools/link resolvers.
We’re securing the subdomain http://proxy.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ for EZproxy. Login URLs for e-resources via EZproxy will be in the form: http://proxy.library.lincoln.ac.uk:2048/login?url=XXXXXX, where XXXXXX is the URL of the target resource (this will allow us to create a simple, generic ‘proxy mask’ for the e-journals A-to-Z/Find it @ Lincoln).
It’s not a live service yet, and not accessible from outside the University network, but here are some examples of our e-resources accessible via EZproxy in a test (Windows 7) environment. Login is via normal University of Lincoln accountID and password.
The test box is allowing us to try out various EZproxy ‘stanzas’ (a.k.a. ‘database definitions‘ – bits of text used to configure EZproxy to work with a given service). Here’s an example of an EZproxy stanza.
Some useful EZproxy links:
We’ve also had a few meetings now about the authentication review process, and a plan of sorts is emerging. Our needs ought to tie in with (and help to inform) some work going on between ICT and CERD on the use of OAuth 2.0 and the Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG). We’ll also be looking again at the way we use OpenAthens as a gateway to resources via the UK Access Management Federation.
Posted on January 20th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
The trio of education abstract/index databases, BEI (British Education Index), AEI (Australian Education Index) and ERIC, have moved from the Dialog Datastar search platform to a new home provided by ProQuest.
To log in to the databases on their new platform:
If you are off campus, log in using your network\accountID and password.
Click on the ‘big green button’ link to log into the database.
- Go to the page on the University Portal for the database you want to search:
You will be taken to a web page headed “Login through your library or institution”. From the drop-down menu marked “Please select your region…”, choose the option “United Kingdom (UK Access Management Federation)” and hit “Select”.
Then, from the second drop-down menu which appears, select “University of Lincoln” and hit “Login”.
Finally, from the “Athens login” page which appears, click on the orange link marked “Go to the University of Lincoln login page »“.
You will be taken to the ProQuest platform from where you can search all three education databases.
N.B. For the time being, this change only affects the three education databases listed above. However, the other databases on the ‘legacy’ ProQuest platform—ABI/INFORM Global and the ProQuest Biology Databases—will shortly be moving to their own new search platform with a similar login process.
If you have any questions about these or other Library databases, please contact your subject librarian.
Posted on December 20th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
The Art Full Text database, which until now has been available on its own search platform from the H.W. Wilson company, is now available to search on the EBSCOhost platform, alongside other familiar databases such as Academic Search Elite and the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.
This change has happened because H.W. Wilson has been bought up by EBSCO Publishing. You can access journal articles from Art Full Text on the new platform:
Art Full Text on the old H.W. Wilson platform is still accessible until February 2012 – after which it will be retired. Please contact your subject librarian for help with this or any database!
Art Full Text™ is a comprehensive resource for art information featuring full-text articles from more than 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, high-quality indexing and abstracting of over 600 periodicals dating as far back as 1984, including 280 peer-reviewed journals, as well as indexing and abstracting of over 13,000 art dissertations. Indexing of almost 200,000 art reproductions provides examples of styles and art movements, including works by emerging artists. The database covers fine, decorative and commercial art, folk art, photography, film, and architecture, and also includes a database-specific thesaurus.
Posted on November 17th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
The switchover date has passed, and you should now find that the new RefWorks 2.0 is now your ‘default’ view of RefWorks.
(Don’t worry if you still pine for the old ‘classic’ version of RefWorks – you can still switch back if you want to, until the end of 2011. In the new year, the old RefWorks will disappear for good.)
The Library has prepared these four detailed help guides for people getting to grips with RefWorks 2.0:
*N.B. RefWorks are releasing a new version of Write-N-Cite soon.
For help with using RefWorks, please email: RefWorks@lincoln.ac.uk
Posted on September 6th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
We’ve received news that the ScienceDirect database will be unavailable for around 11 hours this Saturday, between 11.30 a.m. – 10.30 p.m. If you have any articles you want to read this weekend, you might want to download copies now.