OCLC Firstsearch: planned downtime 11/19-11/20

Databases on the OCLC FirstSearch platform will be unavailable due to planned maintenance.

Saturday 11/19/11 10:00 p.m. to Sunday 11/20/11 5:00 a.m. PST

Resources unavailable include:
1 Anthropology Plus
2 Avery index to architectural periodicals
3 History of science, technology, and medicine
4 Russian humanities/social sciences index
5 OCLC WorldCat (not WorldCat Local)
6 OAIster

TRIAL: Declassified documents reference system

Trial available November 18-December 9, 2011


Get the story behind post-World War II domestic policy and international relations with Declassified Documents Reference System. This unprecedented research tool provides users with easy access to U.S. government documents declassified since the Freedom of Information Act was signed into law in 1967.

Send comments to Cass Hartnett

Alexander Street Press planned downtime 11/13

The downtime announced for Nov. 6 has been re-scheduled to November 13:

Sunday Nov 13
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST

This includes the following 12 databases:

American film scripts online
Black drama : 1850 to present
North American women’s letters and diaries
Women and social movements
Latin American women writers
North American Indian drama
Theatre in video
Garland encyclopedia of world music online
Music Online Listening package
Opera in video
Dance in video
Ethnographic videos online

Wilson databases migrating to Ebsco

As you may recall from press releases last summer, Ebsco Publishing and the Wilson Company have merged. The plan for the Wilson databases is to migrate them to the Ebsco platform by the end of 2011.

So far we don’t have a specific schedule, but databases should begin migrating soon. Access urls will need to be changed, and we will announce those here as they become available.

If you have questions, please contact Diane Grover

TRIAL: Book Citation Index

Trial available November 1 to Novermber 30, 2011

Access available on campus only.

The Book Citation Index in Web of Science connects a library’s book collection to powerful new discovery tools, giving researchers the ability to quickly and easily identify and access the most relevant books. As a part of Web of Science, Book Citation Index allows users to search seamlessly across books, journals and conference proceedings to find the information most relevant to their work within one platform.

Please send comments to: Faye Christenberry

Ebsco databases display problem

If you click on the “cited references” or “times cited in this database” links from citations in some Ebsco databases, the resulting display is very hard to read — dark blue background and there are other errors, too: page icons overlapping the text, abstracts of the list of cited references appear, but article titles do not, although if you hover a cursor over them they appear.

The problem appears across different browsers.

We have so far identified this issue only with PsycInfo and CINAHL, but it may apply to other Ebsco databases which have not been reported so far.

Ebsco has been slow to respond, and now estimates a fix “in the 2nd week of November”

Contact Diane Grover if you have questions or further observations on this display issue.