Library website migration

The Library webpages have moved over to the University’s new content management system (CMS) – you may already be familiar with the new interface as many areas of the University website have already been migrated.

Partial image of the new Library website.

The migration means that the look and feel of our webpages have changed, but access to all our guidance, resources and other information should remain available. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please email us at library@reading.ac.uk so that we can help you stay on track with all your information needs.

Your Library team

Problems with Taylor & Francis now resolved

We have received an update from our supplier that the access issues with journal articles on Taylor & Francis Online have now been resolved. You should now be able to get access to the resources you need as usual.

If you encounter any further problems, please contact the E-resources Team at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submit a Problem Report Form.

Thank you for your patience while this issue was resolved.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Far-Right Groups in America – trial access

Shelves in an archive with boxes of documentsThe Library currently has a trial to ‘Political Extremism and Radicalism: Far-Right Groups in America’.

This online collection of primary source material adds to our existing access to ‘Political Extremism and Radicalism: Far-Right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe, and Australia in the Twentieth Century‘ and focuses on white supremacist and nationalist groups in the U.S. The archive includes pamphlets, newsletters and propaganda.

Access to Political Extremism and Radicalism: Far-Right Groups in America is now available on- and off-campus until 19 November.

To narrow down to only the new content, please go to the ‘Advanced Search’ option and select Far-Right Groups in America in the ‘By Archive’ box under ‘Search Limiters’.

Help us to decide

Please send any feedback about this resource to Charlie Carpenter, Academic Liaison Librarian for History: c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Politics – scholarly and current

We currently have a trial to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.

It provides access to in-depth articles on Politics which are continuously updated by the world’s leading scholars and researchers, and also feature embedded multimedia content. Broad subject headings range from ‘Political philosophy’ to ‘Contentious politics and political violence’. newspapers

Access to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics is now available off-campus until 12 November

Help us to decide

If you have any comments about this resource, please send your feedback to Charlie Carpenter, Academic Liaison Librarian for the School of Humanities: c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

World mapping with Global Digimap

You’re probably aware that Digimap will provide you with all types of maps and map data of Great Britain. But are you aware that you can also access maps from beyond our shores?

If you need spatial data or maps beyond Great Britain, you can use Global Digimap, part of Edina’s suite of Digimap services. It includes three datasets:

World Panorama data

Kenya/Tanzania boundary area. Created using World Panorama data. ©Collins/Bartholomew Ltd. (2019)

  • Natural Earth data – small scale open data, created by volunteers, free to use for any purpose
  • World Panorama – small scale data created by Collins Bartholomew (publishers of the Times World Atlas)
  • OpenStreetMap (OSM) data – crowdsourced open data at various scales. This has world coverage, but the detail varies considerably depending on geographic location.  For most urban areas coverage is good, but the more remote a place, the less detail there is likely to be.
OSM data

Beijing. Map data ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Two extra data sources are additionally available. When using Roam, they can be accessed through the Overlays button. They are:

  • World Place Names – OSM is created by volunteers in the local language, so by adding this overlay to your map you will be given the English version of selected cities and administrative districts.
  • WWF World Biomes – This was produced by the WWF to show broad vegetation/ecology groups.

You can also add your own data to Global Digimap by using the WMS Feed option. Search to find suitable feeds, or upload one of your own.

All the usual tools are available as well, so you can measure distance and area, and add your own information by using the drawing tools in the Roam interface.

For more information and support, go to the Digimap Resource Centre and the Digimap YouTube channel.

Judith Fox, Map Librarian

Geomni – a new type of Digimap data

We now have access to a new service as part of Digimap, available both through Digimap Roam and Download.  Geomni consists of three parts, all of which can be accessed through the basemaps button on Roam.

  • UKMap: a modern, highly detailed, feature-rich mapping database of Greater London. Its unique, innovative design offers users a flexible choice of integrated map features within a single geographic information source.
  • UKBuildings: a unique database created and regularly updated to help you understand the age, structure, characteristics and use of commercial, public and residential buildings across GB.
  • UKLand: a maintained, national land information database providing a detailed consistent breakdown of the use of land across the UK
UKMap (London)

UKMap (London)

UKMap, despite its name, actually covers London within the M25. There are several different parts. In Roam use Basemaps to find:

  • Base (London) – similar to OS MasterMap but with more land use information. Includes unit information within shopping centres.
  • Aerial (London) – at a resolution of 10 metres.

In addition, using the Overlay tab, you can add:

  • Upper Floors (London) – shows content of upper floors of shopping centres
  • Tree Canopy (London) – shows indicative canopy of trees

Download gives two more Greater London datasets:

  • Terrain DTM – Digital Terrain Model
  • Terrain DSM – Digital Surface Model
UKBuildings.

UKBuildings.

UKBuildings is a national database of building attributes. It includes information about building area and height, as well as relative age (eg Historic, Post War, Modern) and use (eg Residential, Religious, Retail with offices above).

UKLand is a national database of land use (rather than cover). It allows the identification types of land use eg mines/spoil areas or business and retail parks and could be used for planning and risk assessment.

UKLand

UKLand

To access Geomni, go to Digimap – you will need to register and accept the licence conditions first.

Judith Fox, Map Librarian

 

Summon upgrade 29 May to 30 May- some services disrupted

Summon have recently informed us that they will be undertaking some updates that will result in system downtime for up to 24 hours from 02:00 Saturday 29 May to 02:00 Sunday 30 May.  

 This means that Summon will be available for searching, but some of the links may be unavailable. The E-Journals Finder will also be unavailable during this period.   Open laptop

 If you have been planning to use Summon for research the weekend of the 29- 30 May, we would recommend downloading any articles or chapters you will need from Summon before the outage, so that your studies are not impacted.  

 There will still be some access to E-resources via the Enterprise Catalogue  (for eBooks) and the A-Z database (for journals, articles, eBooks and databases). However, the A-Z database list is not a definitive list of our resources, so please do access and download anything you think you will need beforehand.  

As always, please do contact the E-Team at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or via our e-resources problem report form, if you have any concerns or queries.  

We apologise for any inconvenience this outage may cause. 

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

How the other half lived – Country Life Archive database trial

Interested in the culture and lifestyle of the British upper classes from 1897 to 2005? We have a trial to the archive of Country Life magazine until 4 June. Find out more about fine art and architecture, the great country houses, society news, and rural living throughout the 20th century. All pages are searchable and reproduced in full colour.

Access to the Country Life Archive is now available on- and off-campus until 4 June.

Help us to decide

Please send any feedback about this e-resource to Charlie Carpenter, Academic Liaison Librarian for History (c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk).

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

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

Problems accessing some e-resources- resolved

The issue we were having with our secondary authentication system has now been resolved, and you should be able to access e-resources as normal.

If you encounter any problems, please try clearing your browser cache in case your browser has “remembered” any errors, and if the problem persists contact the E-resources

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Team by emailing eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submitting a problem report form.

We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused you. Thank you for your patience as we worked on a solution.

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

Problems accessing some e-resources

There is currently an issue with one of the authentication systems we use to authenticate users. This is not our primary authentication system and only a relatively small number of links are affected, but you may find that you encounter error messages with some links.

Open laptopThe links that are currently problematic, are identifiable by the prefix we are using in the weblink. It may look like this- https://login.dblibweb.rdg.ac.uk/login?url=. We are working as a matter of urgency with the company who manages this authentication system to resolve the situation and hope to find a solution soon.

The majority of our E-resources are not using this system, and you should still be able to access them via the A-Z database, in Summon and on Talis. However, if you do encounter an issue, please do contact the E-Team at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or via our e-resources problem report form, we may be able to provide you with alternative access.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

 

 

E-resource access over the holiday closure

We have now migrated to our new authentication system, and you may have noticed that the method for logging into e-resources has changed. The University Single Sign On page will now look the same as the page you see when you log into other University services such as your emails or other Office 365 services. This also means that you will need to use a different username to log into e-resources. Where previously you only used your two-letter and six-digit username (e.g. ab123456) to log in, you will now need to add the suffix of your email address (e.g. ab123456@student.reading.ac.uk). This is the same username you will already use to log into services such as Blackboard. Your password will not change. Open laptop

This change will not affect how you log into your Library account to renew loans, place holds etc, this username will remain as e.g. ab123456 without the email suffix. 

We have been testing resources to ensure that they are working with our new system. The majority are now tested and working. If you do encounter any ‘Forbidden error messages during the holiday closure period, we do have alternative routes set up. If you are experiencing issues in Summon, you can access the majority of our E-resources using the A-Z databases listUsing the links here, you should be prompted to log in before you reach the platform. Once you are logged in you can then search the website for the resources you wish to access. Alternatively, if you search for a platform from a search engine you can log in via the institutional (or Shibboleth) login. Please see our webpage on using the institutional login for instructions on how to do this. You can then search by keyword, title or author to access our subscribed content.  

There is a known issue with EBSCO databases and Summon, so please do access those databases via our A-Z databases list. We are working with EBSCO to resolve this issue, and we are hopeful for a solution in the new year.  

As always if you experience an issue, please do report it to the E-resources Team, via our e-resources problem report form, or by emailing eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk, and we will get back to you as soon as possible after the Christmas closure period. Please do try the alternative routes mentioned above.  

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team