Using electronic resources off-campus: what’s going on?!

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My blog post earlier this afternoon has reminded me that it’s about time I made you all aware of some changes that have been happening to the way in which we access electronic resources off-campus. Since we made changes to logging in, some resources now require a number of “extra clicks” for access. These are all detailed in the Access notes for each of our electronic resources listed by the A to Z of electronic resources and are all liable to change at short notice. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check the access notes before accessing a database. You may have been using it just fine for quite a while, but resource providers often do ‘stuff’ (that’s a technical term) to their login procedures that may mean that things have changed.

Resources where these extra clicks are needed include:

  • Taylor and Francis Online
  • Sage Journals
  • Most ProQuest databases
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts
  • Digimap
  • Educational Research Abstracts
  • Taylor and Francis E-books
  • ScienceDirect
  • Scopus
  • JSTOR

It’s all hugely frustrating, and has been the subject of many a blog post from your Electronic Resources Librarian. It’s the electronic resources equivalent of going to your regular supermarket, only to find that the one thing you went in for has moved aisles. Unlike a supermarket moving its wares around, however, electronic resources users don’t end up buying a load of extra stuff that isn’t needed, they turn off and go! Having said that, I don’t tend to give up on much without a fight, so I don’t let access issues fall by the wayside. We do need your help though. If you are having any difficulties accessing electronic resources, please don’t be shy about asking for help. Give us a call, drop us an e-mail or visit a librarian at the Subject Help Desk.

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