New Database: Very Short Introductions

After a successful trial earlier this year with Very Short Introductions (from Oxford University Press), we were able to purchase one of the five collections (social sciences), which includes 100 books in the following subject areas: anthropology; business and management; criminology and criminal justice; economics; education; environment; human geography; politics; research and information; social work; sociology; and warfare and defense. Some of the books might be useful for faculty looking for textbooks or shorter course readings.

Records for each book should be discoverable in OneSearch in the next week or so. In the meanwhile, you can find a link to Very Short Introductions on the A-Z databases page and on the Ebooks – Databases page. If you’d like to browse the list of social sciences books we have access to, this link should work.

New Database: GuideStar

We now have a subscription to GuideStar, which specializes in providing information on close to two million nonprofit organizations operating in the United States. Each organization profile includes the following sections:

  • Summary (mission, NAICS, SIC, address, etc.)
  • Programs + Results
  • Financials
  • Operations (people, governance, partners, etc.)

You can also download relevant annual IRS filings (such as the form 990)  for most organizations.

Instructions for Signing in to OneSearch

On the OneSearch research guide, I added a new box at the bottom that is written with our students and faculty in mind and explains the two separate sign in systems that are connected to OneSearch. The goal of this box was address the most common misunderstanding with OneSearch: to find and view search results, you don’t use the Sign In link in the top right corner that asks for your library ID number  but instead use the remote authentication login page that comes up after you click “Full text available.”

Feel free to add this new box or any of the other boxes on this guide to your own research guides.

Thanks to Linda, Louise, Chris, and Mike for their input on the drafts of this new element on the OneSearch guide.

Access Issues with S&P NetAdvantage

From the EZproxy mailing list, I learned about a trick that can help with the periodic access issues users are reporting with S&P NetAdvantage: clearing the browser cache.

  1. Before assuming that the reported issue is just with S&P NetAdvantage, check whether they are able to get into any of our other databases that are hidden behind our “Remote Authentication” page (the links for these always begin with Ask them to try connecting to another database from EBSCO or ProQuest. If they can’t get into an EBSCO or ProQuest database either, it’s a problem with their username and password, not a S&P NetAdvantage problem.
  2. If their username and password do seem to work on our Remote Authentication page, ask them if they see a message like this when they try  to go to S&P NetAdvantage:

    Bad Request

    Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand.
    Size of a request header field exceeds server limit.

  3. If they are seeing that message or something similar (different browsers may word the same error message differently), ask them to clear the cookies and cache for their browser and then try reconnecting to the database via the link on our databases page.

In a new page in the Library Services Wiki titled “Database Troubleshooting: Clearing Browser Cookies and Cache,” I added this list of links to instructions for each of the major browsers:

Chrome( Google)

Edge (Microsoft)

Firefox (Mozilla)

Internet Explorer (Microsoft)

Safari (Apple)

Popular Textbooks on Reserve That Are Also Available Online

Mike Waldman and Roshnara Kissoon have put together a list of textbooks from our print course reserve collection that are temporarily available freely online in the RedShelf and VitalSource e-textbook platforms through May 25. Please see the “Course Reserves and Textbooks” page on the library website for more details.

Sharing Database Links with Students and Faculty

In a new page in the Library Services Wiki titled “Sharing Database Links with Students and Faculty,” I tried to create guidelines that cover all the ways one might share something from a database with a student or faculty member. I also included workarounds for the databases where you have to take extra steps to be able to share something. Please take a look and let me know if something isn’t clear or doesn’t work as expected.

Related post: Identifying Articles from Weird EBSCO Database URLs

Connecting to Safari Ebooks from OneSearch

The route to a Safari ebook from a OneSearch record for that book is a bit more circuitous than it is for ebooks on other platforms (such as Ebook Central or Books24x7). Here is what users will need to do:

  1. In the OneSearch record, click the green “Full text available” link.
  2. Instead of being taken to a Baruch login page (the one with the night time photo of the Vertical Campus building in the background), you get a web page on the O’Reilly website about the book and a popup window that says “Welcome! Get instant access through your library.” In that popup window, click “Select your institution” from the drop down menu and then at the top of the list of options, select “Not listed? Click here”
  3. A new box will open in the popup window asking for your “academic email.” Baruch and CUNY SPS folks should type in their school email address and then click “Let’s Go.”
  4. The Baruch College login page shows up (the one with the Vertical Campus building in the background). Baruch and CUNY SPS folks should enter the same username and password info they’d use to access any other library resource and click the “Login” button.
  5. The next thing the user will see is the ebook itself on the Safari platform and they can begin reading it.

Using a OneSearch record for a Safari ebook called slide:ology, I recorded a video demo of the steps above:

More Database Trials and Expanded Database Access

In the past week, we’ve added a dozen or more additional resources to our growing list of databases that we have trial access to or that the vendor has temporarily expanded our existing access. The “Trials” tab on the A-Z databases page has temporarily been renamed “Trials & COVID-19” to indicate the mix of resources found there. On that page, you’ll see one box for all the trials and expanded access we now have courtesy of vendors who wanted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a separate box on that page for the few databases that we were already considering as subscription possibilities.

Please look over the list of newly added resources and let me know by email or a comment on this post which subject database pages some of those resources should be added to.