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 June 25th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
As an offshoot of our discovery (Find it at Lincoln), authentication, and library website projects, we’re trying to impose a little bit more order on the various lists of electronic resources we present to users – aiming at a single version of the truth.
For historical reasons, users can browse several different lists of e-resources at Lincoln:
- The ‘e-Library‘ page on the University Portal
- A list of packages on the e-journals A-to-Z
- Resources available through the MyAthens portal
- Other (minor) authentication systems, each listing its own subset of resources
Frustratingly for our users (and for slightly obsessive-compulsive librarians like myself), no one of these lists exactly corresponds with any other. Each one includes a slightly different set of resources. For example, looking at a Venn diagram of resources listed on two platforms only – the e-Library and electronic journals A-to-Z:
- The e-Library contains 163 distinct resources (usually referred to as “databases”). 106* of them also appear on the e-journals A-to-Z: but there are 57, mostly non-bibliographic, resources on the e-Library which aren’t on the A-to-Z. I kind of expected this.
- Conversely, the A-to-Z contains 162 packages (including a number of titles which don’t form part of a package). 112* of these are reflected on the e-Library, but there are 50 A-to-Z packages which aren’t on the Portal. This was less expected, and is more worrying!
- The name given to a resource on one platform doesn’t necessarily correspond to the name given to the same resource on the other platform.
- We use a Google Spreadsheet to [try and] keep tabs on this mess.
- *The reason why only 106 resources on the e-Library correspond to 112 packages on the A-to-Z is that one “database” can be represented by a number of packages. For example: the Portal lists “JSTOR” as a single resource, whereas the A-to-Z lists three separate packages: JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, …Arts & Sciences II, and …III.
Drop in the other two platforms which list e-resources, and the Venn diagram will look something more like this:
Rationalising these various lists has to be a way toward better e-resources management, and we need to get to a stage where we present only one version of the truth at our users. As part of the ‘Find it at Lincoln‘ project, we’ll be re-populating the A-to-Z knowledgebase from scratch, reviewing our acquisitions/ERM procedures along the way. And for our new website, we’re looking for better ways of presenting lists of resources than the current e-Library page on the Portal.
Side note: it’s possible to use the MS Excel =Match function to compare two lists of resource names that nearly, but don’t exactly, correspond. Formula is:
- =MATCH(“*”&LEFT(<value in native list>,12)&”*”,<foreign list array>,0)
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 11th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
The Library now has full online access to the IEEE / IET Electronic Library (IEL), on the IEEE Xplore platform. Folk in the schools of Computer Science and Engineering can start celebrating …now!
You can search and view more than 3 million documents available through the IEEE Xplore digital library, which provides access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in engineering and technology. (The IEEE Xplore platform also provides access to a small number of additional journal subscriptions for engineering, as well as the full text of the VDE VERLAG Conference Proceedings.)
University of Lincoln students and staff can access IEEE Xplore via the University Portal, at:
If you’ve not used the IEEE Xplore platform before, there’s an online help site, self-paced tutorials, and individual user guides – alternatively, contact your subject librarian for advice.
Posted on November 4th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
We’re experiencing some problems with library access to full text articles from the Brand Republic website. For the time being, links to Brand Republic titles have been removed from the e-journals A-to-Z.
Until the problem is resolved, you can choose to register for access to “a limited number of articles per month” (currently 20 full-text articles every 30 days) from Brand Republic titles, by completing the form at:
Please be aware that this will involve submitting your name and contact details to Brand Republic.
The Brand Republic website provides access to full-text content from the following magazine titles:
- Brand Republic
- Campaign Asia-Pacific
- Conference and Incentive Travel
- Marketing Direct
- Media Week
- PR Week (UK)
- PR Week USA
- PR Week Worldwire
- RSVP (Haymarket)
Posted on October 27th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
We have a new structure in ‘my bit’ of the Library, and I’ve got a new boss. Dave Masterson has taken up the brand-new post of Head of Electronic Library Services (HELS), with responsibility over all technical, electronic, systems, and acquisitions/cataloguing services in the Library.
(Diagram of the new Library structure. The new HELS is in blue. My [very small] team and I are in yellow. N.B. that the new HELS post also has dotted-line responsibility for the work of the Academic Subject Librarian for computer science/engineering subjects.)
Posted on September 28th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
This morning’s problems with Athens access to electronic library resources have been solved.
All e-resources that use Athens should now be working OK. Here are some tips on logging in to library resources via Athens.
To ensure that this problem doesn’t happen again, we’re going to have to carry out some maintenance to Athens on Tuesday, 11 October 2011, at 08.30 am.
Athens access to e-resources will be unavailable for up to 15 minutes at that time.
This will affect access to:
- All e-books
- Nearly all e-journals
- Some electronic databases
Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this necessary maintenance.
Posted on September 28th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
Apologies from the Library – we’re having some problems with ‘Athens’ access to electronic library resources today.
You may see the following error message when you try and log in to any e-resource via Athens:
“The Authentication Point was unable to action your AthensDA request. This may be due to a temporary network problem, server failure, or invalid request.”
We’re working to resolve the problem and restore access a.s.a.p.
Posted on September 9th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
Dr Kofi Appiah, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Lincoln School of Computer Science, is spending a year in his native Ghana to help establish a school of technology in a new HE institution there: the Christ Apostolic University College (www.cauc.edu.gh) in the city of Kumasi.
Before he left, Kofi asked me for advice on how he could help the new School of Technology build an e-library infrastructure and/or access to e-library resources for their CompSci students and staff.
I suggested he look at a few things:
What else would you suggest? I’ll forward on any suggestions to Kofi, or you can email him yourself if you prefer.
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.