Thursday, August 21, 2008

York Uni Library: disruption to entrance area

This work is continuing between 25-26th September.

On 30th and 31st August, the Library entrance area will be closed to enable essential works to take place. On 30th August the Library will remain open, with entry available at the rear of the building. The Library will be closed on the 31st as it is closed on Sundays during the summer vacation.

Replace your photocopy card at York Uni Library

Old photocopy cards will no longer work on York Library photocopiers. Credit on old cards can be transferred to new cards. Click on the title above for more information.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Medline and Embase via Ovid - interface changes

Ovid have implemented the first in a series of staged updates. To read more click on the title above. Information Skills guides will be updated over the summer to reflect any changes.

Monday, August 4, 2008

York Uni Library - works

Starting this week work on the JB Morrell groundfloor will be taking place over the summer. This will involve the relocation of the enquiries desk and the establishment of a 'comfortable seating' area in time for term. The Library will remain open as usual.

Henry Stewart Biomedical and Life Sciences Seminar Talks on trial

Henry Stewart Biomedical and Life Sciences Seminar Talks are now on trial until Nov 2008. The Talks are accessible on the HYMS, Hull and York networks and can be accessed at

If you have any feedback regarding this resource please let us know at

The following is information from Henry Stewart publishing:

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection contains over 800 online audio-visual seminar-style talks each specially commissioned by leading scientists (including Nobel Laureates) from around the world.
The Collection is highly prized for giving you the ability to virtually attend world class seminars, by leading thinkers and authorities from around the world, in one online resource – wherever, whenever, and as many times as you like.
As well as being an excellent way for researchers, teachers and students to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in their field, it is also a great way to quickly become immersed in a new area.

YH Library catalogue - coa

As from 1st August the records for York Hospital Library will no longer be available via the University of York catalogue. They will be available instead via that of York St John. This is part of the Hospital Library part-relocation to York St John's (see for further information).

This new catalogue link will be made available on the Library tab on the new VLE.

Scopus and BioMed: good and bad news

Good news: Scopus
Scopus is now available via the University of Hull Library (Hull Athens account required). A link will be available via the Library tab on the new HYMS VLE but in the meantime you can access the resource by going to (Select Login > Athens Login from the Scopus screen.)

The subscription for Scopus is currently for one year only with a view to evaluating usage and feedback in the hope that the University will agree funding for a longer term so if you find Scopus useful please feedback to

The database covers a wide range of subject areas including scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature.

The following is information from Scopus:

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It's designed to find the information scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process. Updated daily, Scopus offers.
· 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers
· over 1200 Open Access journals
· 500 conference proceedings
· over 600 trade publications
· 200 book series
· 33 million abstracts
· Results from 386 million scientific web pages
· 22 million patent records from 5 patent offices

Bad news: BioMed Image Archive
Please note that the Biomed Image Archive ( will no longer be available after 31 July 2008 as it is being withdrawn by the University of Bristol and partners due to technical and support issues.

York Athens accounts to be replaced - one username less

A reminder that York will now primarily being using a "Federated Access Management" system and not Athens. Your York Athens account will still work but you may now enter resources via a screen and be prompted for your "Institutional" or "Shibboleth" login and/or theattached (Doc1.doc) screen at which point you should enter your York network account.

This does not affect Hull e-resources which will still be fully accessible only via Hull Athens.

Contact if you have any questions or encounter any problems.