In order to provide a consistently satisfactory user experience, in which users of the Library’s research databases(and the Summon discovery service) don’t face dead-end blank screens when trying to reach articles and books, the Library will deactivate Index-enhanced Direct Linking (IEDL) in our link resolver (360Link).
What does this mean exactly? Index-enhanced Direct Linking (IEDL) is available for certain article databases that cooperate with the company which provides 360Link. IEDL takes the user from a results list to an article or book without any kind of intermediate screen. From certain databases (and from Summon), IEDL was supposed to streamline the user experience by eliminating clicks between the search results and the items themselves. This has not turned out to be the case.
What will I see?
When you click on a link for full-text, you will now see the familiar intermediate screen for all articles and books. This “Get it @ Midd” screen is 360Link, our link resolver. You will then click a button to access the item, as you always have in cases where you saw this screen. The intermediate screen will be similar to the following example:
Why did we make the change?
For several reasons having to do with commercial relationships among various database vendors, IEDL used to function better than it currently does. Now, the inconvenience of the dead-end screens occurs much more often. The dead ends (blank screens) provide little or no useful information as to how the user can access materials the Library actually has. Always displaying the intermediate “Get it @ Midd” screen will allow users to see our accurate holdings and to obtain access consistently.
For reasons that are difficult to explain in a few sentences, we are aware that links to articles in Summon to a full-text database of Spanish-language resources called Fuente Academica Premier are not working. We have reported the problem, and it is being worked on.
Meanwhile, when you find an article of interest, you can access it by starting from our list of databases at go.middlebury.edu/databases . Find the link to Fuente Academica Premier and, using the citation information obtained from Summon, find the article directly.
We regret the inconvenience. I will add a post the LIS blog when the problem is corrected.
You may be familiar with JSTOR as a resource for journal content that is more than a couple of years old. Beginning in January, though, JSTOR will launch its Current Scholarship Program (CSP) which will include current content for journals from a few publishers, primarily university presses.
Middlebury subscribes to about 50 journals, published by the University of California Press and the University of Chicago Press, that will become available through JSTOR’s CSP beginning in January 2011. If everything goes well, the only thing you will notice is that the links to current content for those titles (accessible through the Journals A-Z list at go/journals ) will say “Current JSTOR”. If you should encounter problems with access to these titles in the new year, please send me an email.
We have been informed that some of our databases will have a new search feature enabled over the next few days. The following databases are included in this update:
America, history and life
EconLit with Full Text
European views of the Americas
Repertoire international de litterature musicale (RILM)
This is the text of the notice we received from the vendor, EBSCOHost:
Please note that over the next few days, we will begin migrating toward a new command line search requirement that all search tags be entered in upper-case ONLY, from the current lower, mixed and upper-case options. Here are the details of this change:
Search Tag Changes
Effective with a software release due this week, EBSCO will treat a short list of command line search tags (when entered in lower or mixed case) as text. Only UPPER CASE instances of these tags will be treated as search tags. The tags that will undergo this change are: AN, AS, AU, BE, DE, DO, DR, GI, IN, IP, IS, LA, RN, SO.
The EBSCOhost search engine will place quotation marks around the tags listed above, whenever they are entered in lower or mixed case. Therefore, a user will see the quotes in search history and saved searches going forward.
For example: if the user enters an american tragedy, they will see “an” american tragedy in their search history.
Please note: While users must only enter these specific tags in UPPER CASE with this software release (so that they will be treated as tags and not text), we highly recommend that all users become accustomed to entering ALL command line search tags in UPPER CASE to accommodate future additions to the short list of affected tags. The current list of tags that will be changed is made up of tags that are not frequently used, to cause the least amount of impact on “super” users who are the most likely to employ command line searching.
You don’t have to be taking a class on constitutional law to reflect about the importance of the US Constitution or debate the issues. There are library databases, publisher, government, and other websites that feature articles and other content to highlight or debate aspects of our Constitution. Here are a few:
JSTOR – Collections V & VI added Collection V title list. Description: “…important literary reviews and state historical journals. It will also widen the scope of core disciplines in the arts and humanities, such as philosophy, history, classics, religion, art and art history, and language and literature.”
Collection VI title list. Description: “…extends JSTOR’s coverage in disciplines across the social sciences, with clusters focused in economics, education, linguistics, political science, and area studies.”
The library recently added a subscription to Social Explorer, which provides easy online access to demographic information about the United States, from 1790 to present. It allows for the easy creation of thematic maps and downloading into other software products such as PowerPoint. It also provides convenient digital access to two censuses never before available online: 1970 and 1980.