Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ScienceDirect and PDFs


Seems ScienceDirect is not letting off-campus users access PDFs. We're aware of the problem and have contacted the fix-it peoples.

In the meantime, please EMAIL, CALL, OR CHAT WITH US if you encounter this problem. We will email you the PDF immediately. Faster than the Jimmy John's delivery person.

This quirk is a little confusing because what happens is you can sign into the database, search around, and do everything but access PDFs. HTML full text is not affected by this quirk. If you are on campus, you are able to access PDFs just fine. We're not sure why ScienceDirect is being mean to off-campus users, but we'll get to the bottom of this travesty! 

Saturday, June 01, 2013

EBSCO eBooks Academic Collection expansion

Oh hello SMU community. We just received a few updates from EBSCO eBooks, a collection that you automatically search when you search with SuperSearch. We've got over 114,000 eBooks for you, and the academic caliber of our offerings just got stronger.

University Press Content Increases with May 2013 Update
The eBook Academic Collection subscription has added more university press content with its latest update. Titles from Harvard University Press and Yale University Press were recently added, and new books from The Brookings Institution and more titles from Harvard University Press will be included with future updates.

Coming Soon: Early Check-In Feature
Users will soon be able to check in eBooks before the check-out duration has expired using the Adobe Digital Editions software. Returning eBooks early will allow titles to be available for other users sooner. This is beneficial for libraries that have purchased titles on a single- or three-user model.