Internet and ORION networks will be inaccessible due to ORION (Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network) network maintenance. During this timeframe McMaster will be completely inaccessible via Internet from anywhere outside of McMaster; however, access to McMaster resources, including DTC and MIP, from within McMaster will remain unaffected.
This maintenance is being initiated by ORION and can not be rescheduled. UTS will be monitoring and assisting with testing after the maintenance to ensure all services have been re-established.
Start Date: Friday July 25, 2008
Researchers at McMaster now have access to new primary source collections from Adam Matthew Digital. These collections, which are sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, include original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps, and images. Introductory essays provide overviews and scholarly guidance.
The Library now has access to Periodicals Archive Online (PAO), which provides fulltext access to over 500 periodicals in the social sciences and humanities from their first issue up to 1995. Titles span over 200 years, with the earliest issue - from the Edinburgh Review - published in 1802. More than 60 foreign-language titles are included.
A full title list is available at http://pao.chadwyck.com/journals/listAll.do.
The Library now has online access to over 150 European French-language journals in the CAIRN collection. The primary subject areas are history, psychology, economics, political science, and sociology, with journals from over 40 publishers, teaching institutions, and learned societies. Over the next few years, this collection is expected to expand to include arts, literature, management, philosophy, and religious science.
Portico, a not-for-profit digital preservation service, introduced three expansions of its preservation work at its third annual Participants
McMaster University Libraries are the first Canadian institution to agree to participate in the creation of the world's largest, fully searchable digital archive of international newspapers, called The World Newspaper Archive.
"We're thrilled to participate in this important initiative and ensure that these resources will be preserved and easily accessible to future generations," explains University Librarian Jeff Trzeciak. "Libraries have always been stewards of our local institutional resources. In the digital environment it is important for us to work collaboratively to expand access to our unique collections."
McMaster's collaboration with other North American research libraries will expand the library's access to a rich array of primary source materials, providing electronic access to an internationally significant collection of historical resources.
The first newspapers to be added to the collection will include 35 Latin American newspapers, a total of one million pages of newspaper text published between 1805 and 1922 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and other countries. The focus of the project will then turn to adding newspapers published in Africa, South Asia and other regions around the world.
The World Newspaper Archive project is a collaborative effort between Readex, well known for its focus on historical materials and government documents, and the Center for Research Libraries, an international partnership of over 240 universities, colleges and independent research libraries of which McMaster is a member.
This story also appeared in the Daily News.
Between the hours of 10am and 6pm on July 1, the Scholars Portal E-Journals service and Scholars Portal Search will be down intermittently for maintenance. Full service should be restored after 6pm.
As of July 1, 2008 Blackwell-Synergy and Wiley online journal suites have merged to become Wiley-Blackwell. However, please be aware that there are intermittent service issues while Wiley stabilizes the site.
McMaster users have encountered password prompts when attempting to access fulltext. We have reported this problem to Wiley. In addition, links to Blackwell content forward to the Wiley home page, rather than connecting directly to the article or journal. Wiley hopes to have this problem resolved shortly.
There is still some missing content from Blackwell. This includes some issues, articles, parts of articles (e.g., articles loaded in html but not in .pdf), plus some missing metadata and articles which need to be fixed due to special character rendering issues. The full list of missing content is listed on Wiley's transition site http://www.interscience.wiley.com/transition and will be updated weekly.
If an article is unavailable, you can order it through RACER (Interlibrary Loan) for no charge. In the notes field, please add "McMaster Copy Unavailable"
The 2008 report of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada is the first since the Public Health Agency of Canada became a legal entity in 2006. It provides both a snapshot of Canadians' current health status and a benchmark against which we can measure future progress.
The report indicates that the overall health of Canada's population is considered very good, but a closer inspection of disease, disability and death rates shows that some groups of Canadians are less healthy and have a lower quality of life than others.
For more information and a complete copy of the report, visit: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/2008/cpho-aspc/index-eng.php
The Swets collection of ejournals, formerly available via the OCUL consortium, is now part of the CRKN national subscription. Reregistering the ip's caused a temporary outage which will be resolved by Wednesday June 11.