Over the past ten days, we have had many reports of sporadic issues impacting users who are connecting to our resources from off campus.
This impacts any Web interface running from the Library's data centre, including our main Website as well as the LibAccess bridge to licensed databases and e-resources. What happens is that pages simply will not load. The browser spins and spins, but nothing loads and there are no error messages.
We've relaunched our library catalogue with a streamlined look. This should make it both easier to use as well as a bit snappier when doing a search. We hope you like the look! Please send us any feedback via the suggestion box.
Over the weekend, a system failure with an external vendor led to the accidental deletion of numerous LibAccess accounts. We apologize for the inconvenience and are taking steps with the vendor to avoid a reoccurrence. Here are suggested remedies for those affected:
The McMaster University Library is pleased to announce the official launch of Scholars GeoPortal: http://geo.scholarsportal.info. This Ontario Council of University Libraries initiative allows you to work with a number of features such as downloading a vast amount of geospatial data for use in Geographic Information Systems and creating maps for printing and sharing. For a full list of features visit: http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/618.
McMaster graduate theses are more available for research and study than ever before! A new submission process from the School of Graduate Studies and work being carried out in the Library has pushed the number of McMaster theses accessible online in the Digital Commons repository to over 5,500.
McMaster University has become the first Canadian institution to offer full access to videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, nearly 52,000 in all, contained in one of the largest archives of its kind.
Recorded in 56 countries and in 32 languages--mostly between 1994 and 1999--the interviews are contained in the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive, which can be accessed either remotely or on campus through secure access to McMaster University Library.
In the fall of 2010, the Centre for Leadership in Learning, together with the University Library and the Centre for Student Development, piloted an online tool to help users improve their writing. Called Grammarly, the site helps you revise your writing, check your work for potential plagiarism, and catch areas where you may need to include a citation. Grammarly is now available on an ongoing basis for all McMaster students, faculty, and staff.
At the end of July, the Scholars Portal Search interface common to many of our databases will be replaced by a new platform from ProQuest. This will mean changes to many of our most popular databases, including PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, EconLIT, and many more.
What this means for you:
Every issue of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics is now online for McMaster researchers. Through one-time funding, the Library has been able to purchase 1956-1996 of this important journal, which covers fundamental aspects of fluid mechanics, and their applications to such fields as aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, hydraulics, meteorology, oceanography, geology, acoustics, and combustion.