Explore Cities around the world with Passport

A group of skyscrapersWe have added trial access of the Cities module to Passport until 19 December.

Passport Cities allows you to analyse market information at city level, through a selection of cities from across the globe. The database covers 850 cities and features in-depth city reviews, regularly updated reports and breaking news analysis. Reports cover the economic make-up, demographic trends, level and distribution of household income, consumer spending preferences, cities infrastructure and affordability at the city level.

Access is available on-campus and off-campus. To find the module, please go to the Economies section of Passport and select Cities.

Help us to decide

Please send your comments on this resource to Gordon Connell, Liaison Librarian for Economics – g.connell@reading.ac.uk

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Get your facts straight with Statista

We currently have trial access to the Statista until 14 December.

A computer screen showing line graphs and tables

Statista is the largest data aggregator for statistics. It contains over 1 million statistics from over 18,0000 sources (including both national and international data). There are over 60,000 topics in 20 multidisciplinary categories ranging from agriculture to marketing and consumer and demographic data. It also includes industry reports.

Access is available on-campus and off-campus. To gain off-campus access, please select ‘login’, then ‘campus access’ and select University of Reading from the drop-down menu.

Help us to decide

Please send your comments on this resource to Tim Chapman, Liaison Librarian for Agriculture, Policy and Development (t.j.chapman@reading.ac.uk) or Gordon Connell, Liaison Librarian for Economics and the ICMA Centre (g.connell@reading.ac.uk).

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

OECD books and papers – try it now!

Open laptop with notepadWe currently have trial access to OECD books and papers, until 30 November. Access is open from on- and off-campus for books and papers.

This OECD database gives access to the publications of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Energy Agency (IEA), OECD Development Centre, International Transport Forum (ITF), Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and the Sahel and West Africa Club. This includes access to all book and paper content from 1998 onwards. Books include monographs, series publications, conference proceedings, policy reviews, guidelines and manuals, reference books, statistical annuals and other items published in book form. Papers include journals, other periodicals, annuals and outlooks and working papers.

Help us to decide

Please send your comments on this resource to business liaison librarians Karen and Ruth – karenandruth@reading.ac.uk

Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team

Bloomsbury Design Library – Trial access available

A green typewriterWe currently have trial access to the Bloomsbury Design Library until 30 November.

The Bloomsbury Design Library covers design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BC to the present. It has a broad range of encyclopedias, reference works ebooks, images and more. It includes access to the Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design and the World history of design.

Access is available on-campus only.

For more information go to : https://www.bloomsburydesignlibrary.com/about-bloomsbury-design-library

Help us to decide

If you have any feedback about this resource, good or bad, please let Ruth Ng and Karen Drury, Liaison Librarians for Typography, know – karenandruth@reading.ac.uk

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Problems downloading on JSTOR platform


Books, glasses and a tabletWe are currently experiencing problems when downloading PDFs from the JSTOR platform.

When attempting to download an item from JSTOR, you will be prompted to accept the platform terms and conditions. You may find this terms and conditions box keeps refreshing, and doesn’t let you proceed to download.

It is possible to workaround this issue by following the below steps:

  • If you are on-campus, please use the on-campus link for JSTOR in the library databases a-z list. As long as you are on-campus and connected to the University network you should be able to access and download articles with no problems.
  • If you are off-campus, please use this link to navigate to the JSTOR platform, then click the ‘Login Through You Library’ link at the top of the webpage. (This is known as an institutional login). Please then search and select ‘University of Reading’ when prompted. The University Single Sign On page should then load, please enter your university username and password here. You should then be directed back to the JSTOR homepage, and be able to access and download articles with no problems.

We are working on a solution to this problem, and this blog will be updated when it has been fixed.

If you have any problems with the workaround above, or any other problems with electronic resources, please submit an e-resources problem report form for help.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team



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 25 October, 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

Beware spam email asking you to renew your account

A spam email has been sent to some University members asking users to renew their Library account. Please DON’T click on the link in this message. It is not from us, even though the login page it takes you to looks like our ‘Online Resources Single Sign On’ page.

This is the text of the message:

Spam email received by University members

Protect your account

Always check the following before clicking on any link in an email purporting to be from the University, to avoid your University account being compromised:

  • Check the email address of the sender – libraries@reading.co is not our address, it is library@reading.ac.uk
  • Watch out for poor spelling and grammar, for example ‘base’ instead of ‘basis’, ‘inconveniences’ instead of ‘inconvenience’
  • Hover over any link to see if it is actually going to the address stated

Jackie Skinner 
on behalf of Sam Tyler, Library Systems Manager

New online resources – try them now!

Laptop and bookWe now have access to a number of newly purchased online resources – available to use from on- and off-campus.

  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae -the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) contains the majority of the surviving literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Constantinople.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts  references to publications covering political science and international relations, including international law and public administration/policy. Includes journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, and working papers, from 1975 to the present.
  • Drama Online: Shakespeare & Early Modern Drama Videos – a new addition to our existing Drama Online collections, covering key plays and acting techniques, including Maxine Peake’s Hamlet, Stage on Screen, and a Shakespeare Acting Masterclass from Patsy Rodenburg.
  • Oxford Handbooks Online – we now have access to the new 2017 Literature collection, 2016 and 2017 Linguistics collections, and the 2017 History collection.
  • Oxford Scholarly Editions Online – access is now open to three more collections: Renaissance Drama, Renaissance Poetry, and Renaissance Prose.
  • Routledge Historical Resources: History of Feminism – this resource provides access to materials on feminism (covering the period 1776-1928) published by Taylor & Francis. It includes primary and secondary sources, such as full books, selected chapters, and journal articles, as well as thematic essays.

The library provides access to many more online resources – you can find more information on our E-resources webpage.

Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team

More journal archives now available

ArchiveWe have recently purchased access to a number of online archives to give you full access to articles in older issues of these journals and newspapers:

You can also find resources relevant to your subject by exploring your subject guide.

Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team


Resolved – problems downloading on the ScienceDirect platform

We are pleased to say that the problems with downloading PDFs from ScienceDirect have been resolved and you should be able to use this resource as normal. You may need to clear your browser cache and cookies first.

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

ProQuest problems fixed!

Books, glasses and a tabletWe’re pleased to say that the problems we were experiencing with access to ProQuest resources have been fixed. You should be able to access all our e-resources as usual.

If you experience any issues, please let us know by completing the E-resources problem report form.

Jackie Skinner, Library Web Manager

Problems accessing ProQuest resources via Summon – resolved!

We are pleased to confirm the issues linking from Summon to ProQuest resources have now been resolved.

If you experience any problems with any electronic resources, please do contact us via an E-resources problem report form.

Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team