Open Access coming to iDiscover?

Developments over December 2017 and January 2018 may improve prospects for significant benefits to the user’s search experience in iDiscover.

Expanded your results beyond your collection in iDiscover, but hit the paywall as a result?  For some time now, you could hit your Open Access button bookmarklet and get delivery of an OA repository version.   Rather than extend search from outside with a tool, a new agreement should maximise search to discovery to delivery, dramatically decreasing the pain of that journey for users.   Over 2018, we should see the integration of Primo (iDiscover) with CORE, making available in the University’s discovery service many millions of records for OA research articles, following the new partnership of the CORE service with Ex Libris.

The agreement has been described on the JISC involve blog here:

The aggregated content includes metadata (currently 90m records) and open access research outputs hosted in CORE (currently 9m full text articles) from more than 3,600 repositories and over 10,000 journals in the UK and worldwide (currently 70 countries) and in 53 languages. The Open University’s activity with the OpenMinTeD project (providing connectors to publisher OA content from Elsevier, Springer, Frontiers and PLoS ) has also resulted in more OA content (1,831,977 full text items) in CORE.

Given that CORE, to our knowledge, is the largest aggregation of full text OA content, it makes sense that, as part of its strategy, content is surface in existing library search products. Therefore, the partnership between CORE and ProQuest to surface OA content from CORE within Ex Libris Primo and Ex Libris Summon is a positive first step towards this aim. CORE is also intending to integrate with other library search products to ensure a wider search experience across all library search products.

In terms of navigating the paywall, for too long the University’s user community has found the task of getting access to content just that – a task.  And no way should it be.   Though Ex Libris has provided multiple repositories as collections we have activated for searching in iDiscover, the integration with CORE (COnnecting REpositories) should be on another scale, outstripping current capabilities completely in terms of user expectations.  Of course, searchers may still well prefer to search where they know all research is open, but innovations like Unpaywall and the Open Access button, as the Jisc R&D project demonstrated late last year (its findings coinciding with the Ex Libris-CORE agreement), are already engendering potential for big changes in library discovery and Inter-Library Loan services.

Maisaku : trial access

Cambridge University Library is participating in a free trial of Maisaku from 1 February to the beginning of March. This is an archive of Mainichi Shinbun from the Meiji period to today. If you are on campus, you can try it via the link below:

https://dbs.g-search.or.jp/WMAI/WMAI_ipcu_login.html

 

For now, you will need to use the Cambridge VPN to use Maisaku off campus. You can find instructions here: https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/devices-networks-printing/remote-access/uis-vpn

 

An update will be posted on the blog if we are able to set access off campus via Raven more easily.   We have discussed the problem with the vendor, and we expect that the trial may be extended a few more days into March for this reason.

 Palaceside Building, the headquarters of Mainichi Shimbun in Toykyo

 

Off campus access enabled for British Standards Online (BSOL)

Access to British Standards Online is now enabled for off campus users via this link.

Both the on and off campus links are available from the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z here.

Records for standards in BSOL will soon be discoverable in iDiscover.   Access via iDiscover will only be available for on campus users (as we cannot at the moment build the off campus link into the iDiscover records).

The University of Cambridge started providing access to British Standards Online from December 2017.  Unfortunately it was not possible to provide both on and off campus access at the time of going live.  BSOL could not be provided for off campus users via our EZproxy server and BSOL has not yet implemented Shibboleth.  The British Standards Institute expect to implement Shibboleth by the end of the third quarter of 2018.  Until they do, we can provide off campus via the above link, but regret we cannot provide both on and off campus access via iDiscover until we can enable EZproxy and Shibboleth with BSI.

If you have any question please write to ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.

 

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science

Access is now available to the Oxford Bibliography Online in Political Science via this link.

View a lively discussion with Editor in Chief of Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science Sandy Maisel, as he discusses his involvement with the project and the importance of Oxford Bibliographies to students and researchers worldwide.

 

Political science is the study of the struggle by humans to gain and use power and authority for useful or destructive reasons. Political scientists analyze this struggle within and among nations using a variety of methodological tools and theoretical concepts and in a variety of sub-disciplines and specialties. It is imperative that students, scholars and professionals stay abreast of new discoveries, new interpretations, and new theoretical ideas. The overlapping fields of practice that come together in the study of political science make it challenging to stay informed about every applicable area. The task is made more difficult because a great deal of this work has moved online with the most recent scholarship and research appearing in online databases.

Rather than sifting through these ever-expanding mountains of information that may or may not yield relevant results, students and researchers alike can rely on Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science to offer a reliable, up-to-date, and authoritative guide to the best literature in the field. As Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science grows, it will reflect the impact on political science of major political transformations in the world and of methodological advances.

 

 

 

Gregorii Nysseni Opera Online and Lexicon Gregorianum Online: trial access

Trial access is now available to the Gregorii Nysseni Opera Online and Lexicon Gregorianum Online resources at this URL.

The trial ends 16 February 2018.

This trial is run on behalf of the Divinity Library.  Please send your feedback to library@divinity.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.

Gregorii Nysseni Opera Online is the ultimate online critical text edition of Gregory of Nyssa’s works based on all available known manuscripts, introduced with a complete discussion of the textual transmission and accompanied by extensive annotations on the biblical, classical and patristic sources, and indices.

Lexicon Gregorianum Online is the most comprehensive Greek-German dictionary of the language used by Gregory of Nyssa. It is the only dictionary available specifically addressing the vocabulary of late Classical Greek. It documents Gregory’s complete vocabulary, taking account of the syntax, meaning and connotations of every occurrence of a key word in his writings. The complete Lexicon Online comprises 10 volumes, totaling more than 13,000 entries.

Dogmatic Sarcophagus,” 350 A.D. Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy. Displaying the far end of the work with the earliest known depiction of the Trinity creating Eve (or resurrecting Lazarus).

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text trial

Trial access is now enabled to the Full Text version of Criminal Justice Abstracts via this link on or off campus.

The trial runs until Friday 16th February 2018.  Please send your feedback to crimlib@hermes.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.

A full list of the journals available in this resource is available here.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with full text contains more than 560,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline. This resource includes full text for more than 320 full text magazines and journals as well as full text books & monographs.

Subjects covered include Criminology; criminal justice; criminal law and procedure; corrections and prisons; police and policing; criminal investigation; forensic sciences and investigation; history of crime; substance abuse and addiction; probation and parole.

British Standards Online (BSOL)

The University of Cambridge now has on campus access only to the British Standards Online (BSOL) resource at the following URL

http://bsol.bsigroup.com/

Shibboleth access is to be implemented by the British Standards Institute for off campus authentication in the second or third quarter of 2018.  We are working on providing access via EZproxy in the interim.

Access is available via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z here

http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/az.php?a=b

And records for the standards in BSOL will soon be available in iDiscover and updated weekly.  NB only on campus users will be able to link through to the standards from iDiscover records.

BSOL is an online library of over 90,000 internationally recognized standards with application to a wide range of subjects, from environmental management to IT security, from construction to food safety.