Problems accessing resources

We are currently experiencing problems with resources that we link to via DOI. A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique alphanumeric string that is used to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the internet. An example of a resource that links via DOI is this, http://idpproxy.reading.ac.uk/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316338773.

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Unfortunately one of our authentication methods is currently interfering with such linking and preventing users from accessing content. If you find a link with this problem it will take you to a webpage with a ‘Bad Gateway’ error message. This is affecting resources that are using our Proxy that link via DOI, and as such may appear in Talis, Enterprise or Summon. We are aware of the urgency of this problem and are working with the company that manages this authentication system to resolve the situation. In the meantime we have changed links in Talis and Summon so that they no longer authenticate with the proxy, these changes may take up to 48 hours to complete. Once on a platform you may need to login to a resource via the institutional sign in.

If you come across such an error message you can still access the resource by using our A-Z databases list to search for the platform the eBook or article is on, and then search the database using the title or author to find the resource.

I apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

Resolved – problems with Lexis

The problems we were experiencing accessing international content and news content on Lexis Library have now been resolved.  Open laptop

You can now access these two platforms by using the links below.

For International content these are the new on campus and off campus links.

For News content these are the new on campus and off campus links.

We will be updating the Library website with the new links shortly. In the meantime please use the above links for access to Lexis’ international and news platforms. To access all other areas of the Lexis platform please use the links found on the A-Z database.

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.

Lindsay Warwick- E-resources Team

What have you watched? Kanopy in 2018/19

This term the Library purchased access to the Kanopy Video Streaming service – it’s a huge collection of online videos including documentaries, films, and instructional videos. You can watch Kanopy videos online, on- and off-campus, and they’re all accessible through the Library here: https://www.reading.ac.uk/library/eresources/image-sound/lib-kanopy.aspx

What have you been watching?

Since the start of Spring Term, 874 of you have watched a total of 247 hours of content – mostly on Sunday or Monday nights… we won’t ask why!

Most Popular Films

These are the top 5 films that you’ve been watching, and their summary from Kanopy.

  1. Tongues Untied
    Marlon Riggs’ essay film TONGUES UNTIED gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization.
  2. L’avventura
    An iconic piece of challenging 1960’s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’AVVENTURA concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily.
  3. Stars
    Stationed in a secluded Bulgarian village in 1943, Walter, an artist and sergeant in the Wehrmacht, lives an almost idyllic life far away from the war. Then one day a transit camp is set up for Jews arriving from Greece.
  4. Definite Articles and Nouns
    Learn the gender of Spanish nouns by practicing each new noun with its masculine or feminine definite article.
  5. Type Hunters
    This film plunges us into the “typographic cauldron” of the great modern metropolis.

What else will you discover?

There’s a wide range of films available, as you can see from the list above. Take a look for yourself! You can browse by subject or topic, or search for a filmmaker or subject area to see what Kanopy has to offer.

Kim Coles, Liaison Team Manager

Cuban Culture – trial access to archive

Try out the archive of Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations now! We have trial access until 22 March.

This primary source collection from 1959 onward is split into two parts, covering the culture and cultural relations of Revolutionary Cuba and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Part 1, “Casa y cultura”, provides unique access to 45,000 documents, covering almost 60 years of cultural relations between Revolutionary Cuba and abroad.

This is available on-campus and off-campus.

Part 2, Writers, provides access to more than 63,800 digital files and records on 1,046 writers and artists .

This is also available on-campus and off-campus.

Help us to decide

Please send any comments on this resource to Katie Winter, Liaison Librarian for Modern Languages and European Studies – k.l.winter@reading.ac.uk.

Katie Winter, Trainee Liaison Librarian

Try out a new census and socio-economic data service

Digimap, the online map and data delivery service, has a new trial service available. In addition to Ordnance Survey, Historic, Geology, Aerial, Environment, Marine and Global, we now have access to Society Digimap.

Society Digimap

Society Digimap example

Digimap Society logoSociety Digimap provides a wealth of census and socio-economic data for Great Britain. Although census data is available through the UK Data Service, the processing required to show census and other demographic datasets on a map can be a barrier to use for many interested in the value of the datasets. By providing these datasets as layers to visualise along with high quality Ordnance Survey data, users can access this rich information source to gain valuable insights for their areas of interest without the need to learn how to use a GIS.

Over 40 layers of data from a range of Census 2011 data, broadband availability and Output Area Classification (OAC) are available. Initially this can be mapped using a Roam mapper, but a download facility is also planned.

Is this service useful?

If you are using or planning to use this service in your teaching or research, please let us know! The trial is available until 31 July 2019.  Please send any feedback about it to Judith Fox, Digimap Site Representative.

Judith Fox, Map Librarian

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

Request items we don’t stock with Inter-Library Loans!

Do we not stock that one book you really want for your dissertation? Then why not see if you can borrow it from another Library through our Inter-Library Loans service!

What are Inter-Library Loans?

The Inter-Library Loans service delivers material you need which is not held in our Library. We can obtain a wide range of academic books, journals, and conference proceedings from other libraries.

All members of the University can request inter-library loans – Staff, Students, and Associates. Please note that the Inter-Library loan service is not available to External borrowers.

Do I have to pay to make a request?

We do not charge for the majority of requests, however we do charge for certain items and repeated renewals.

We would also charge users for any overdue or lost requested items.

Please see our webpage for more information. 

How can I request a loan?

You will need to fill in a request form via Unicorn with a much detail as possible about the item you want to request.

The length of time it will take for your item to be processed varies so as a guide please allow a minimum of two weeks for your request to be ready.

Although in some cases items will be ready for collection within a couple of days of the request!

More information

Please see our Inter-Library Loans webpage for further information.

 

Matthew Pearson, Library User Services

 

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

Book EndNote Online training for easy referencing!

Open book on a laptopThere are spaces still available on next week’s EndNote Online workshop for undergraduates and masters students.

Come along to learn how to use EndNote Online 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 21 November, 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

Book Desktop EndNote training for easy referencing

There are spaces still available on the next beginner’s Desktop EndNote workshop for postgraduate students, researchers and staff.Student studying

Come along to learn how to use EndNote 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 14 November, 14:00 – 16:00

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 for this workshop and sources of help with using EndNote.

Sally Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator

New resources from Digimap

We now have two new Digimap services available to University members: Marine Digimap and Global Digimap. These are in addition to Ordnance Survey, Historic, Geology, Environment and Aerial.

Marine Digimap

Marine Digimap is of two types: nautical charts derived from UK Hydrographic Office paper charts and chart panels; and Marine Themes data, which is a feature rich dataset derived from authoritative material obtained from the UK Hydrographic Office.  Both are available to download for use in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) or to produce printed maps.

Marine Roam

Marine Roam© British Crown and OceanWise, 2018.

Marine Roam can be customised and includes layers for:

  • Elevation
  • Shipwrecks and Obstructions
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Transport
  • Administrative and Management Units
  • Geographical Regions

Chart Roam enables you to view and print maps using Raster Charts at one of 11 predefined scales. Marine data is extensively used in offshore engineering projects, management of marine and coastal environments, marine ecology studies, environmental impact assessments and tourism.

Global Digimap

As its name suggests, Global Digimap goes beyond Great Britain, with world coverage derived primarily from OpenStreetMap data, and smaller scales from Natural Earth datasets.  The service is currently in Beta, and Edina would appreciate any feedback or ideas for new datasets.

Global Digimap

Global Digimap © OpenStreetMap contributors

OpenStreetMap data is created by volunteers surveying features on the ground or adding them from Aerial and Satellite imagery.  OpenStreetMap is open data and you are free to use it for any purpose as long as you credit OpenStreetMap and its contributors. However this does mean that the quality of data in OpenStreetMap is very variable, with some features and whole cities being present in very high levels of detail and accuracy and other features are not present at all.

Natural Earth data is created by a group of volunteers around the globe and is supported by the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). Natural Earth is open data and you are free to use it for any purpose.

There is more information about OSM and Natural Earth on Digimap’s help pages.

Global Digimap is available as both data download and Roam.

Judith Fox
Map Librarian/Digimap Site Representative