Database Highlights & Trials

RefWorks access restored

Over the weekend we experienced downtime with RefWorks. The parent company, Proquest, mishandled our renewal and let it be known that St. Thomas decided not to renew our subscription. That is not true. We most certainly renewed the subscription but there was a mix-up at the parent company. We in the libraries apologize for any difficulty this may have caused. Please know that RefWorks has been fully restored and no one lost any content.

Libraries, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Treasures from the Rare Books Collection – Part 1

 

The Rare Books collection in the UST Libraries Department of Special Collections holds a number of rare, unique and just plain interesting books in its collection.  One item that was pulled out recently for a researcher to examine was the Ecclesiastical History Conteynyng the Actes and Monuments of Martyrs, popularly known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.   Written by the English historian John Foxe, this title was first published in English in 1563.   It is a polemical account of the sufferings of Protestants under the Catholic Church (particularly those living in England and Scotland). The book was highly influential in its time and helped shape long lasting popular notions of Catholicism in those countries.

The 1563 edition of the book was to that time the largest publishing project ever undertaken in England. One of the most interesting features of this work are the sixty distinctive woodcut impressions found on its pages (see an example below).

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The UST Libraries’ copy of this book is from the third edition, published in 1576.  What makes this edition different from the previous two versions is that the book is printed on smaller size paper and with a smaller type font than the earlier editions.

For more information on the UST Libraries rare books and manuscripts collections see : http://www.stthomas.edu/libraries/special/rare/ .

Database Highlights & Trials

Technical Difficulties – Gale RESOLVED

RESOLVED. And just like that, all of the Gale databases have returned.  Please let us know if you are experiencing otherwise.

We have over 30 databases from a company called Gale and they just informed us that they are having technical difficulties on their end.  If you are trying to use the following and are experiencing problems, we apologize on behalf of Gale. Please contact a librarian to see if there’s an alternative source or watch this page for updates on when the resources are working again.

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Oxford Online Products Down

OxfordWe’ve just been notified that all of our Oxford University Press databases are out of commission for the time being.

Their tech support reports:
“We apologize for the error.
We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our sites.
We ask that you please try again later and we will update you as soon as we have been told that the error is corrected.

Sincerely,

Customer Support – Online Products
Oxford University Press”

We’ll post an “all clear” message when we can.

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Summon Search Is Back!

After some temporary problems with the data and linking inside of Summon, everything is back in proper working order!

You researchers out there can now resume using this tool, which is a great place to start most of your research topics. It searches across 91.6% of our journal content at the same time it searches across much of our e-book,  print book, and streaming media content! For our experienced researchers out there, it might be a great way to discover related content that comes from databases that you don’t normally use in your discipline, so check it out today!

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Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

USING SUMMON SEARCH: Temporary Data Problem Work-Around

UST Researchers,

Summon Search on Library Homepage

Where to find Summon on the Library Homepage

If you’ve already started tackling that Summer Research Project, please be aware of a current issue happening in our Summon Search. Summon is currently incorrectly identifying many journal articles and other kinds of content as books, which then makes the links to the content not work. This is very frustrating, and we apologize for the inconvenience that this is causing. ProQuest, Summon’s parent company, is currently working to identify the cause of the issue, and we will let you know just as soon as they get it fixed.

In the meantime, please consider these alternatives, or look below for possible workarounds while still using Summon.

 

If you choose to continue using Summon during this time, please note the following.

 Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

But note on closer inspection, each entry that says “Book: Full Text Online,” is actually not a book.

Actual books in your Summon search results will show the book’s library location. Actual books in your Summon Search results will show the book's library location.

To find out where you can get access to the content that says it’s a book when it’s not a book, check out the Explorer Pane on the right side of your screen. You can access it by either hovering your cursor over your search result or by clicking the black triangle.

Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

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In the Explorer Pane, you can either find the source (the database) the content came from, as in the picture above, or you can find the Publication Title (the journal), as in the picture below.

Publication Title Toronto Star

If you have the name of a database, search for your journal article/content inside of the database, once you’ve located it in our list of databases.

If you have the name of a journal, search inside of that journal once you’ve located it in our list of journals.

Libraries, New Materials, News & Events, Recently Read

2015 UST Libraries Summer Reading List!

Looking for something good to read this summer?  UST Libraries and IRT staff have some cool recommendations for you on this year’s summer reading  list, available here:

UST Libraries Summer Reading List

Lists from previous years are also at your fingertips.  Most of the books are available via UST or CLIC libraries, and for the first time there is a suggested free website for all the crime and history buffs.  So grab a book and head for the beach or a shady spot and enjoy a fun read, summer is here!

News & Events

Group Study Room Bookings now require user confirmation

Effective 5/11/2015, users of our group study rooms must confirm their online reservation within 30 minutes by clicking on a link on the confirmation email you will receive after submitting the booking request.  Only valid UST email addresses will receive the confirmation emails.

We’re taking this additional step to deal with certain abuses of the system and to ensure a fair distribution of the available group study spaces.

If you have questions, feel free to contact John Heintz via email or at 651-962-5018.

Group study booking form