Swets Journals Inaccessible until Wednesday June 11

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The Swets collection of ejournals, formerly available via the OCUL consortium, is now part of the CRKN national subscription. Reregistering the ip's caused a temporary outage which will be resolved by Wednesday June 11.

Access restored to Informaworld Online Journals

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Informaworld journals are now up and running again as of 1:30pm.

Access Restored to Swetswise Online Journals

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The problem has been fixed. Please contact us if you have any further difficulties.

New Humanities and Social Sciences Electronic Products will be Available through Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)

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As a result of recent CRKN negotiations, the library is pleased to announce that many new resources will become available to McMaster users over the next few months, including online access to the following complete journal suites:

  • ALPSP Learned Journals Collection (696 journal titles by 52 publishers, members of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers)

  • CAIRN - primary subject areas include history, psychology, economics, political science and sociology (143 French-language titles from 40 publishers, including institutions and learned societies)

  • erudit - mainly French-language journals in the humanities and social sciences, and natural science disciplines (57 journals)

  • JSTOR - eight multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections archiving more than 1,000 leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences

  • Periodicals Archives Online - six separate collections that offer a total of 500 full-run titles spanning 200 years, from 1802 to 1995, in 37 key subject areas

In addition, we will have access to the following primary resource materials:

  • Adam Matthew Digital - eight collections that offer rare printed sources, including

    • China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980
    • Defining Gender, 1450-1910 Online
    • Eighteenth Century Journals I
    • Eighteenth Century Journals II
    • Empire Online
    • Mass Observation Online
    • Medieval Travel Writing
    • Slavery Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007
  • InteLex Past Masters - offers 117 full-text humanities databases with content licensed by Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, Indiana University Press, Pickering & Chatto and many other major scholarly publishers.

  • Canadian Publishers Collection - collection of approximately 8,100 English and French e-book titles from 44 Canadian publishers

  • Ingram Digital Group - collection of e-books from three major publishers

Finally, access to multi-media collections:

  • Classical Scores Library - contains 400,000 pages of the most important classical scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished materials; contains full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, as well as piano reductions

  • Theatre in Video - contains more than 250 of the world's most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries and online streaming video

Over the next few months records will be added to MORRIS for these collections and at the individual title level where records are vendor supplied.

See the Daily News story.

CRKN and CFI expand access to digital content in Social Sciences and Humanities

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Vancouver, June 3, 2008

Thanks to a joint $47 million investment by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), eight provinces and 67 universities, nearly 900,000 researchers, scholars and students in Canadian universities will gain desktop access to an extensive body of national and international material.

With the click of a button, researchers and students in Canada will be able to access, search, sort and consult a rich digital collection of scholarly content, ranging from books, letters and historical documents to music scores, maps, artworks and visual materials. Many of these were not previously accessible to Canadians, or were only offered with limited access in print version.

This investment is the work of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a consortium of universities dedicated to expanding digital content in support of the academic research enterprise in Canada.

"Providing access to this wealth of scholarly material is a critical step in enabling researchers and students across the nation to further understand our society and how Canadians are shaping the world we live in" said Dr. David Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria and Chair of the CRKN Board of Directors. "The newly-gained access to this material will have a profound impact on the way Canadians conduct research, collaborate and turn ideas into a better, more innovative society."

Increased access to social sciences and humanities knowledge is essential to enhancing the capacity of nations to tackle complex, global issues that are, by their very nature, interdisciplinary. By creating a national infrastructure to access digital knowledge in many areas of social and human activity, the investment will greatly improve the ability of Canadians to undertake interdisciplinary research and contribute to the search for solutions to these pressing issues.

"The Canada Foundation for Innovation recognizes the critical contribution that researchers in the social sciences and humanities make to Canada and the world," said Dr. Elliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. "These world-class knowledge management tools provide a partnership that is essential to Canada's ongoing success in the knowledge-based economy, enabling institutions and researchers to conduct the leading-edge research that will benefit all Canadians."

The funding allowed CRKN to negotiate with international and Canadian scholarly publishers of 14 major collections, bringing global knowledge to Canada and making accessible in digital form some of the finest in Canadian published scholarly material. Acquired both as one-time only purchases as well as through multi-year license agreements, this rich knowledge base will be delivered to the desktop of every Canadian researcher, wherever in this nation they may be found.

"This is a major advancement for Canada's academic community in the digital age," said Deb deBruijn, CRKN Executive Director. "The partnership of the CFI, the provinces and the universities has helped reshape the very marketplace for digital scholarly materials. As a result, Canadian researchers and students will now be able to access materials that would otherwise not have become widely available in digital form."

Social sciences and humanities researchers and students at 67 Canadian universities will have access to the new content by Fall 2008.

About CRKN: The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers and administrators, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in Canada's universities. For more information on CRKN visit our website at www.ResearchKnowledge.ca

Two New Databases for Islamic Studies

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The Library has started new subscriptions to two resources for Islamic Studies:

Oxford Islamic Studies Online features essential articles written, selected, and interpreted by renowned scholars, including John L. Esposito, Editor in Chief of the site. Content includes the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (2008), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Islamic World: Past and Present, The Oxford History of Islam, and The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Some highlights include 3,000 A-Z articles, more than 150 primary source documents with editorial summaries, an Islamic history timeline accompanied by a world history timeline for context, Qur'anic studies resources with two interpretations of the Qur'an, and the first electronic concordance of the Qur'an.

Index Islamicus is the premiere indexing database for publications on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, covering almost 100 years of publication. It is produced by an editorial team working at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, established to transmit knowledge about Islamic and Middle East studies. Material cited in the Index Islamicus includes not only work written about the Middle East, but also about the other main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Over 3,000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. The print version of this index was available in Mills reference.

Wiley Interscience Down for Site Maintenance May 24th, May 29th

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Due to site maintenance, Wiley Interscience e-books and e-journals will be unavailable on Saturday, May 24th from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, and again on May 29th from 4:00 am- 5:00 am.

If you experience any difficulty accessing these resources after the outages, please contact the library.

EBM Tool: Essential Evidence Plus

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Launched in January 2008 to replace 'InfoPOEMS with InfoRetriever', Essential Evidence Plus (EE+) is a point of care resource for clinicians who provide

OvidSP Annotations

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RACER to be unavailable on Thursday evening

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This maintenance period, originally scheduled for the weekend of 12-13 April, has been postponed to Thursday, 17 April, at 5:00 pm. RACER will be unavailable from that time until 2:00 am on Friday, 18 April.

During this maintenance time necessary database migration will occur.

When RACER comes back up for use on Friday morning, there will be no changes to its look and functionality.


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