Easier path to view full-text via Summon

We will shortly be amending the process to access online material you discover via a Summon search from our homepage. The change will also affect some links in Talis and the “Find Item @ Reading” button you may see on some platforms. 

When you use these links, you will now be directed to the Item Finder page – from here you can click the prominent blue ‘Read full-text article’ to be taken through to the article. 

The item finder page, including the prominent blue button you will need to click to access the full-text


This change will improve the linking for some platforms which were incompatible with the Summon sidebar.

If you have any questions, please contact the E-resources Team at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Authentication server migration 14 December

Laptop and book seen from above, person's left hand on book and right on keyboard. onAfter the end of term on the 14 December 2020, we will be migrating our OpenAthens authentication for e-resources access from our locally hosted version (a server on campus) to a server hosted by OpenAthens themselves. We will remain members of the UK Federation so you will still look for “Institutional Login” style links for login on the resources. We are migrating now as OpenAthens no longer provide support for locally hosted versions of this system and the local hardware has reached end of life status. Some additional positives are that we can stop having different access routes for on/off campus access and you will be able to use your full IT Account credentials (full email address and password) as you already do to access many University of Reading systems.

You should not notice a break in access to resources or a change to your experience of them but we wanted to inform you of the migration in case you wish to back up any personalisations you may have made on individual platforms. These features may include the ability to save highlighted phrases or quotes, add notes, save annotated images, create alerts, save searches or simply bookmark a certain chapter.

With the help of your Academic Liaison Librarians we have identified key platforms that we know use such features and contacted the relevant suppliers to ensure a smooth transition with no loss of your data, wherever possible. Our investigations lead us to be reasonably confident that the migration will not affect any personalisation you may have set-up on most supplier platforms. However, we would strongly recommend downloading or making a note of any saved searches, alerts and notes, etc before the migration date 14 December 2020, so that in the unlikely event the changes we make do affect personalisation, your research will be unaffected.

We are aware that user accounts on the Ebook Central platform will have to be moved over to the new authentication system manually after the migration has occurred. If you notice that your annotations or bookshelf are missing after the migration, please contact us at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk and we will work with Ebook Central to restore these.

As always, if you are having any issues accessing e-resources, you can contact us via eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or by submitting an e-resources problem report form. We are always happy to help.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

A world of exploration on your screen

A pile of globes

We currently have a trial to The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) online archive. A large number of the archives from the UK’s learned society for geography and professional body for geographers have been digitised. Spanning 1478 to 1953, the archive contains more than 150,000 maps, charts and atlases, complemented by manuscripts, field notes, expedition reports, scrapbooks, correspondence, diaries, illustrations, and sketches. Books, diaries and photographs from some of the foremost geographers and explorers are included, such as Gertrude Bell, John Hanning Speke, David Livingstone, Robert Falcon Scott, Richard Francis Burton, Ernest Shackleton, and Edmund Hillary. The archive is likely to be of interest to those studying/researching many different subject areas, ranging from Geography to Post-Colonial & De-Colonization Studies.

Access to The Royal Geographical Society Online Archive is available on- and off-campus until Thursday 10 December.

Please send any feedback you may have to Charlie Carpenter, Academic Liaison Librarian for History, at c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

System maintenance 12 November – some services disrupted

Open laptop

On Thursday 12 November from 22:00 to 22:30, the Library Catalogue, Enterprise, will be down for routine maintenance. This means that some services will be unavailable during the down period:


You will still be able to… 

  • Use Summon for online access to journal articles, book chapters, and much more! 

But you won’t be able to… 

  • Access the Library catalogue. 
  • Request a book through our Click and Collect services
  • Access your online Library account to renew your loans or pay fines. 
  • Place an Inter-Library Loan request. 
  • Request items from Closed Access or the Store. 

The upgrade is planned to have finished by 22:30, but we will still designate the system as ‘at risk’ on that day. We will let you know if Enterprise will be unavailable for longer than initially planned. 

If you have trouble accessing e-resources you can contact the E-resources Team on eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or you can fill in a Problem Report Form. 

If you want to talk to someone about your account you can contact the Library at library@reading.ac.uk. 

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team 

American Meteorological Society platform change – check your saved searches

Open laptopThe American Meteorological Society will be moving to a new platform on Thursday 7 May. All links should redirect automatically, and we will be on hand to make any needed changes to authentication at our end.

Unfortunately, custom saved searches cannot be preserved during the migration. Therefore, we recommend you check your settings now and make a note of the criteria for your saved searches, so that you can rebuild them once the platform migration has taken place.

If you have any questions, please contact us at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submit a Problem Report Form.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Problems with ProQuest resources- Resolved

Open laptopWe have just received a notification from ProQuest that the problems we were experiencing earlier are now largely resolved. The Ebook Central platform is now back, but you may still experience some issues with ProQuest Central.

You can also visit the ProQuest Status Page to check whether the platform you need is working yet.

Our apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you for your patience while this matter was resolved.

Lindsay Warwick , E-resources Team

Churchill Archive – trial access available

A black and white image of Winston ChurchillThe Library currently has a trial to the online Churchill Archive – try it now! Access is available until 21st December.

The archive consists of more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. There is a video tour of the archive available here.

Access is available on-campus and off-campus.

Help us to decide

Please let Charlie Carpenter, Academic Liaison Librarian for History, know what you think of the archive at c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

New e-resource – Stream films with Kanopy

Two film reels side by side.We now have access to Kanopy!

Kanopy is an online streaming platform, providing access to thousands of films from over 800 film makers. Whether you’re a Film student or an Historian, you will find a range of films related to the arts & humanities – including documentaries, Hollywood cinema, early film, a range of genres, and The Criterion Collection.

Access is provided by the Library, so it is free for you to access, and you can stream films on-campus and off-campus. Use the Browse feature to search by subject or genre, or the search bar at the top of the page to look for a film by title.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Resolved – problems with e-resources

Open laptopThe intermittent problem with access to many of our e-resource platforms has now been resolved, and you should be able to access all e-resources as normal.

If you are still having any problems with access, please contact us at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submit an e-resources problem report form.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

Resolved – Problems accessing e-resources

Open laptop with notepadThe problem with access to many of our e-resource platforms has now been resolved, and you should be able to access all e-resources as normal.

If you are still having any problems with access, please contact us at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submit an e-resources problem report form.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

Parts of UK Data Service down 23-29 August

Books, glasses and a tabletThe UK Data Service are carrying out essential maintenance of their systems during this week and next. They will also be making improvements to their website.

Their online services will be interrupted during the deployment phase, from Thursday 23 August until Wednesday 29 August, with normal services expected to resume on Friday 30 August. Some parts of their current website, account area and data catalogue will be unavailable during this period.  Although some parts of the website should still be active, we recommend that you download or request any data you need by Wednesday 22 August.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

ProQuest databases unavailable 18th-19th August

Open laptopProQuest will be carrying out essential maintenance on their websites this weekend. Whilst this work takes place, from 17:00 on Saturday 18th August – 11:00 on Sunday 19th August, the following databases will not be available:

During this time, you may wish to explore some of our other resources by using the Summon discovery service or looking at your subject guide.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team