Finding e-journals made easy with BrowZine – info tip

BrowZine logoWe provide you with access to thousands of journals, but how do you find out what’s available? You can search the Library catalogue, Enterprise, but if you’re just after journals, BrowZine is a good starting point. You can also use it to create your own collection of your favourite titles, and be notified when the latest issues become available.

Browse or search

You can browse for your subject to identify useful titles. Alternatively, search for a subject, or search for a specific journal by title, subject or ISSN.

The example below shows browsing Philosophy and Religion for Ethics/Bioethics related titles.

Browsing BrowZine for titles in Philosophy and specifically Ethics, showing a display of journal covers

Click on a title to see the contents of the latest issue, and to access earlier volumes. Clicking on a specific article will take you to the full-text on the publisher’s website, which you can then print or save.

Saving favourite journals & articles

When viewing journals on BrowZine you can create your own bookshelf of your favourite titles. Just click on ‘Add to my bookshelf’ under the journal title. You’ll need to login to do this. Simply sign up for an account if you haven’t already got one.

Once a journal is added to your bookshelf you’ll see notifications next to each title of the number of unread articles in that journal, helping you to keep track of the ones you’ve reviewed. For a quick intro on using the bookshelf to keep up-to-date watch this short video on staying current with Browzine.

You can also save details of useful articles using the ‘Add to my articles’ option.

Both journals and articles can be put into topic groupings of your own choice.

Accessing BrowZine

BrowZine can be used on your computer, or you can download the app for use on an Android or Apple device.

Getting help

Explore these videos which cover using BrowZine on the web or via the app. Alternatively, contact your subject liaison librarian for advice.

This is one of a series of tips to help you save time and effort finding information

This tip was written by Jackie Skinner, Library Web Manager and Liaison Librarian (English Language and Applied Linguistics & Food and Nutritional Sciences).


Lose yourself in the Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700

Parchment scrollWe currently have trial access to the Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700, until 12 June.

“Perdita” means “lost” in Latin and the Perdita Manuscripts consist of the writings of women from the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Their writings were “lost” because they exist only in manuscript form. The full-text facsimile reproductions of these manuscripts bring together little known material from archives across the UK. Some of the women featured include, Sarah Cowper, Mary Evelyn and Katherine Philips. The content of the manuscripts is extremely varied and includes letters, biography, drama, notebooks, sermon notes, travel writing and much more.

Access to the resource is available on- and off-campus – but please note that the download option is not available to us during the course of the trial.

Help us to decide

If you have any feedback about this resource, good or bad, please let Charlie Carpenter, History Liaison librarian, know –

Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team

Problems accessing Oxford Academic from off-campus

We are currently experiencing problems using the Institutional Sign In feature on the Oxford Academic platform. You should only need to use this Sign In on the Oxford Academic site when off-campus, so on-campus users should not be affected.

When a user links to an article on the Oxford Academic platform via Summon, the Summon ‘frame’ prevents the Institutional Sign In link on the site from working – nothing will happen when you click the ‘Sign In’ link. To work around this problem, please click the ‘Open content in a new tab’ button in the Summon sidebar, as indicated below. This should open the page in a new tab, and you should be able to click ‘Sign In’ successfully.

Oxford Academic Sign In screenshot

If you navigate to the platform via a route other than Summon, e.g. the E-Journals Finder you should not experience this problem.

We are working with the supplier to fix this, and hope the issue will be resolved soon.

If you have trouble accessing any online resources, please contact us via an E-resources problem report form.


Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team


Resolved – access problems with LexisLibrary

Open book on a laptopWe are pleased to say that the problems with access to LexisLibrary have been resolved, and you should be able to use this resource as normal.

Some users may need to clear their browser cache and cookies before using this resource again.

If you experience further problems, please do get in touch with us via an e-resources problem report form.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.

Lucy Ardill – E-resources Team


Keep it real with Sage business cases

Laptop, business chartsSAGE Business Cases can be used to see how business works in real life. Put the theories to the test and learn from the successes and failures of real companies in these case studies. Choose from over 1000 business cases.

This trial is available on- and off-campus until 30th March.

Help us to decide

Please send your feedback on this resource to Karen Drury and Ruth Ng, Management and Accounting Liaison Librarians –

 Eóin Davies, E-resources Team

Resolved – access problems with ScienceDirect

We are pleased to say that the remaining problems with access to ScienceDirect have been resolved and you should be able to use this resource as normal.

If you experience difficulties accessing any of our resources please fill in the E-resources problem report form and we will do our best to assist you.

Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.

Lucy Ardill – E-resources Team

Eye spy… try out our new resource showing Britain from the air

Avebury Aerial DigimapWe now have access to Aerial Digimap, a new addition to the Digimap suite of mapping databases. It consists of detailed vertical aerial photography, which can be viewed, annotated, printed or downloaded.  Maps are viewed in Aerial Roam as a single seamless coverage of Great Britain, with optional Ordnance Survey background mapping.

The imagery is provided by Getmapping plc in a jpg format, and can be printed at scales from 1:250 to 1:175,000. A sliding control in Aerial Roam allows you to choose how much of the background mapping you show, and the data will be regularly updated. Downloaded data can be combined in a geographical information system (GIS) with other Digimap data such as OS MasterMap or used to produce 3D models in conjunction with, for example, OS Terrain DTM.

Why should I use it?

  • Henley Business School Aerial DigimapIf you are studying archaeology it will aid visualisation of a site within its landscape, and may allow things not visible at ground level to be discerned.
  • Environmental and biological scientists can use it to help to identify conservation areas and habitats, and to measure specific land uses.
  • Studying architecture and urban planning? Use Aerial Digimap to view infrastructure networks, and to closely examine buildings using the detailed, 25 cm resolution of the imagery.

Using Aerial Digimap

To use Aerial Digimap you will need to accept the licence terms and conditions.  It will prompt you to do this the first time you use it.

Help is available in the Digimap Resource Centre, and there are useful videos available on the Digimap YouTube channel.  Alternatively, contact the Map Librarian for information and help.

Judith Fox, Map Librarian

Book EndNote Web training for easy referencing!

Student studyingThere are spaces still available on next week’s EndNote Web workshop for undergraduates and masters students.

Come along to learn how to use EndNote Web to…

  • store details of the books and articles you read
  • download references from databases such as the Web of Science
  • insert citations in your Word documents
  • build a bibliography in a style of your choosing at the click of a button

Workshop time

Wednesday 22 February, 14:00 – 15:30

Book your place

Book your place via the ‘Library course bookings’ link on the RISISweb portal. The bookings link is located in the ‘Actions’ tab if you’re a student. If you’re a member of staff click on ‘Specialist Actions’ in the ‘Specialist Actions’ tab.

This workshop is part of the Student Training and Experience Programme (STEP) and counts towards the RED Award.

Unable to make this date?

Check the EndNote training webpage for other dates when this workshop is running this term.

Sally Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator

Engage with Cengage primary sources event: 20 January

Blue rectangles arranged in a circle next to the word 'Cengage'Looking for ideas for your dissertation? Drop in to the Library’s Ground Floor this Friday 20 January 2017, anytime 10:00-16:00, to explore some full-text, primary sources available via the Artemis Primary Sources Platform, from one of our main suppliers, Cengage. Cengage staff will be on hand to demonstrate these resources to help you discover primary sources and possible topics for your dissertation:

To see the full range of e-resources to which the University of Reading Library subscribes, see our Databases by subject or Databases A-Z lists.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Ebook Central – new platform from ProQuest

E-bookIf you regularly use the Library’s e-books, you may have noticed that we now have access to a new e-book platform. E-books which were hosted on the EBL and ebrary platforms have moved and are now available on ProQuest’s new Ebook Central platform.

How this will affect you

The interface of the new Ebook Central platform is very similar to the EBL platform so you may not even notice a difference! If you’ve bookmarked an EBL or ebrary e-book, you will automatically be re-directed to the e-book on Ebook Central. Links from the Library website will also take you to Ebook Central.

If you had created a bookshelf on EBL you will find that it has already migrated to Ebook Central.

If you had created a bookshelf on ebrary, you will be prompted to move your bookshelf contents to Ebook Central when you first log in to access an e-book.

Some features of Ebook Central

As with EBL and ebrary, you will be able to download E-book Central e-books for a limited time period using the free Adobe Digital Editions software.

You will now also be able to download e-book chapters as simple PDFs which can be read using the free Adobe Reader software and saved to your device.

Up to 40% of an e-book can be printed or downloaded in chapters, and up to 20% of an e-book can be copied. The exact pages available for you to print/download or copy will be displayed in each e-book.

To find out more about Ebook Central, take a look at ProQuest’s Ebook Central LibGuide.

If you have any questions or problems locating the content you need on Ebook Central, please get in touch with us by submitting a problem report form.

Linking to resources at risk evening of Sat 29 October

Computer keyboardFrom 17:00 until midnight on Saturday 29 October it may not be possible to link to resources via Summon, the Item Finder, and the E-journals Finder. This is due to ProQuest upgrading some of their products and services which means links to journal articles and other online resources may not work.

During this period if you know which journal you need to use, try going directly to that journal via a search engine – if you are off-campus you will need to look for an institutional login option to gain access. If you have found an interesting book chapter on Summon, but can’t link to it, try searching for the book title on the Enterprise catalogue and then browsing the e-book for the chapter you need.

Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team