Off Campus Access to S&P NetAdvantage Is Working Again

10 11 2017

Users from off campus can now connect to S&P NetAdvantage again. As I had suspected, the settings from S&P had changed with no notification from them and required me to tinker with the settings in our EZproxy server.





Remote Access to S&P NetAdvantage Not Working

10 11 2017

If you’re off campus and try to connect to S&P NetAdvantage, you’ll see our login screen first and then after entering your credentials will see this one from S&P, which we should never be seeing and which off campus users won’t be able to get past:

S&P login page

On campus access is fine. It is likely that S&P once again was fiddling around on the back end of their systems and failed to realize that they’d be breaking remote access for academic customers that use EZproxy software (and that’s most of us colleges and universities) to manage off campus access. I’ll have to fiddle around with the settings in EZproxy for this database to see if I can restore remote access. Look for an update here when that fix is made.





Real-Time Availability for Books Restored to OneSearch

3 11 2017

Ex Libris fixed a problem that was plaguing the last release of the Primo software that prevented real-time availability of books being displayed in item records if those books were held in other libraries in your consortium. Now, if you click through to the record for a book, you should see up-to-date status info for Baruch’s copy and other CUNY libraries that also have that book.

Sample item record in OneSearch for a book (Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky)





How to Browse by Author or Subject or Call Number in OneSearch

31 10 2017

In my last OneSearch tip on the blog, I focused on how to browse by title in the catalog and OneSearch. In the catalog, there are of course other browse options we tend to use a lot, such as browse by author, by LC subject heading, by LC call number:

Browsing options in the catalog

In OneSearch, you have all these options, too. Just go to the BROWSE mode and click the dropdown menu to pick what you want to browse by:

Browsing in OneSearch

A caveat about title browse in OneSearch applies here as well for the other kinds of OneSearch browsing. When you use the browse function in OneSearch, the books you find will be almost exclusively print books. What you are browsing in OneSearch are just the records that we’ve carried over from the catalog. In OneSearch, we represent our ebook titles not from catalog records but instead from records in ebook collections that Ex Libris (the vendor behind OneSearch) gets directly from the vendors of the ebook platforms we subscribe to (such as Ebook Central from ProQuest).





New Trials to Many Different EBSCOhost Databases

27 10 2017

CUNY is looking at a large number of database trials from EBSCOhost. The trial runs through November 20. Access to them is grouped into three different links on the Trials tab on the library website:

  • Historical Digital Archives, which includes:
    • Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection
    • Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index
    • American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection
  • Magazine Archives, which include individual databases for backfile collections from:
    • Architectural Digest
    • Bloomberg Businessweek
    • Forbes, Fortune
    • Life Magazine
    • People
    • Sports Illustrated
    • Time
  • Ultimates Databases, which includes Sociology Source Ultimate and expanded “Ultimate” versions of databases we already have:
    • Academic Search Complete
    • Applied Science & Technology Source
    • Business Source Complete
    • Humanities Source Complete

Access to these databases is available from on and off campus using the links on the Trials tab of the A-Z databases page. There is a required user name and password that will work for all three sets of databases; those login credentials will be shared in an email to library staff.





Database Trials for Four McGraw-Hill Databases

24 10 2017

Descriptions

Four different databases that feature reference books; some also feature videos, tables, charts, etc.

  • AccessBiomedical Science
  • AccessEngineering
  • AccessScience
  • McGraw-Hill Education eBook Library

Trial Ends

November 30, 2017

Access

On and off campus

Feedback

Please share with any faculty who might be interested and recommend they use the trial feedback form (also linked to on the Trials tab on the databases page).





How to Browse for a Book Title in OneSearch

23 10 2017

A speedy way to find a specific book in the catalog is to do a “Title begins with…” search:

Browsing titles in the catalog

The results look like this:

Results of title browse

You can do the same kind of thing in OneSearch by going to the “BROWSE” option at the top of the screen and using the “Browse by title” mode:

Title browsing in OneSearch

Here’s one caveat about title browsing: in OneSearch, the books you find will be almost exclusively print books. What you are browsing in OneSearch are just the records that we’ve carried over from the catalog. In OneSearch, we represent our ebook titles not from catalog records but instead from records in ebook collections that Ex Libris (the vendor behind OneSearch) gets directly from the vendors of the ebook platforms we subscribe to (such as Ebook Central from ProQuest). In another post, I’ll describe the best way to find a specific ebook.





ProQuest Databases Are Working Again

20 10 2017

It looks like ProQuest sorted out whatever problems were behind the crazy display issues we were seeing yesterday.





ProQuest Databases Having Problems

19 10 2017

A number of libraries are reporting the same problem we’re seeing now in ProQuest databases: the interface is missing all sorts of design elements and looks to be non-functional. I’ve left a message with ProQuest support to find out what’s going on. It’s likely the problem will get sorted out in a matter of hours or less.





Planned Downtime for the Library Catalog on October 24

19 10 2017

On Tuesday, October 24, between 8 am and 9 am, the library catalog will be unavailable as work is done by CUNY CIS on the server. You can still use OneSearch to find books in our collection, but the real-time availability info will not be accurate until the catalog server is back online at 9 am.








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