Remote Access to Artstor Is Working Again

19 10 2017

As it turned out, Artstor had been doing work on its search system and changed enough things that remote access broke for all libraries using EZproxy. Remote access is now working again.

Remote Access Problems for Artstor

18 10 2017

On the EZproxy mailing list, a number of libraries are reporting the same problems we’ve been seeing here at Baruch. On campus access is fine, but users from off campus aren’t able to view content (they can log in and get to the Artstor home screen, but that’s it).

Today, I’ll be trying a number of fixes to our settings in EZproxy suggested on the mailing list by other librarians to see what works (neither Artstor nor OCLC, which owns EZproxy have working solutions of their own yet).

Odd Behavior from Firefox with OneSearch

6 10 2017

Recent versions of Firefox have created an odd problem in OneSearch that is essentially benign but still annoying. If the user starts a search from the search box on our library website and if the user puts quotes around any part of the query, then the search results are displayed with this Firefox window asking you if you want to save or open a file download for pdsLogin:

File download window in search results

If you see this file download window, you can just close it and get back to the search results. Please note that you won’t see this problem once you run searches from within the OneSearch interface; the problem only appears after your initial search from the search widget on the library website.

This problem is showing up for all Primo customers (not just CUNY). Ex Libris is aware of the problem and is working on a fix to the code that should be available soon.

New Database: International Encyclopedia of Communication

6 10 2017

We recently started a subscription to the International Encyclopedia of Communication (from Wiley-Blackwell). Links to this database can be found on the main databases page and on the database pages for communication studies and for dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Records for this database are not yet indexed by Ex Libris for inclusion in the Primo Central Index, which means that the records can’t be found in OneSearch. The main point of access is by going directly to the database.

New Database: Periodicals Archive Online

6 10 2017

We now have access to a new database, Periodicals Archive Online, that is on the ProQuest platform. Somewhat like JSTOR, this database offers backfiles of scholarly journals as well as to a number of magazines, in some cases all the way back to the early 1800s. There is a link to the database on the main databases page.

It is expected that we’ll be able to discover records for these articles in OneSearch soon. We’re working with the CUNY Office of Library Services to determine which specific collections in SFX we need to activate.

New Interface for MathSciNet

6 10 2017

We’ve long had access to MathSciNet on the American Mathematical Society’s own platform. This week, we were able to add another access point to the same database: EBSCOhost. If you browse the list of math databases or the main databases page, you’ll now see a separate link for “MathSciNet (EBSCOhost interface).”

Records from MathSciNet are also discoverable in OneSearch; if you click to view the full text from a record in OneSearch, you’ll likely be taken to the article on the American Mathematical Society platform.

New Database: Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination

6 10 2017

We’ve recently started a subscription to a collection of streaming videos that demonstrate all aspects of physical examination for health care providers. The database is called Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination and is linked to on the main databases page as well as the listings of nursing databases and health databases.

The collection is not yet indexed in the Primo Central Index, which means that records are not yet discoverable in OneSearch. The main point of access for now will be within the database itself.

New Database: Amsterdam News (1922-1993)

6 10 2017

We now have a subscription to a new collection on the ProQuest Historical Newspapers platform: Amsterdam News (1922-1993). There is a link to it on the A-Z databases page (under Amsterdam News) and on the page listing news databases.

Records for these articles aren’t yet discoverable in OneSearch (Ex Libris hasn’t yet indexed them yet for inclusion in the Primo Central Index, as the collection is too new). For the near future, the sole point of access to these articles will be through the database itself.

Database Trial: Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

3 10 2017

Description (from the vendor)

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is the definitive online tool for film and television research. It is a comprehensive bibliographic and full-text database covering the entire spectrum of television and film. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. The database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 380 publications (and selected coverage of 300), as well as full text for more than 120 journals, and 100 books. In addition, Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.

Trial Ends

October 29, 2017


On and off campus


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

LibGuides Is Back Up

25 09 2017

The outage in LibGuides from earlier this afternoon has been fixed by the vendor (Springshare).