Friday, 28 August 2009

Monday, 24 August 2009

Need to know more about Shibboleth...

Now is the time to get more acquainted with Shibboleth and what it means for you. Here at QM, we went live with Shibboleth on the 17th August and bid ATHENS a fond farewell.

If you're on campus or logged on to the Remote Access click here to find out more details on how it works, how the changes will affect you, who you can contact for help and why it is called 'Shibboleth'!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Remote Access available again!

The Remote Access solution is now available again. We have carried out some updates, which will hopefully resolve the issue we have been experiencing recently.

If you have any further issues, please do not hesitate to contact the IS Helpdesk who thank you for your patience during this time.

Remote Access difficulties

As you may be aware, we have been experiencing some difficulties with our Remote Access solution.

In order to enable us to investigate the issue further, downtime is required. From 11:00am this morning the system will be unavailable and whilst it may be possible to get connected, your connection will be intermittent and could result in data loss. Please refrain from attempting to connect during this time.

We will update you with progress in due course but you can also check the logon page for the latest status.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Zetoc adds abstracts

Zetoc gives us access to the British Library's electronic table of contents or TOCs. Coverage starts from 1993 and is updated on a daily basis so is an excellent source of keeping you up to date in your subject area by setting up email alerts.

Up until recently, Zetoc was one of those databases that did not provide abstracts so you had to put in a little extra leg work to find either the abstract or the full-text elsewhere to decide if it was what you were looking for. Now, they are starting to provide abstracts and not only that but Linksource has also been enabled! This means that if you do decide from reading the abstract that your particular article is what you are looking for, you can click on the Linksource button and - if we have a subscription to that eJournal - you will be able to view the full-text in a couple of clicks.

Monday, 10 August 2009

The time has come... bid farewell to ATHENS. Obviously, the preferred route to accessing QM's electronic resources when you're off campus is via Remote Access but not everyone has access to their own PC or laptop and of course there are those times when you are in internet cafe and you just have to print off that journal article but logging onto the Remote Access is not possible. This is where Shibboleth comes in.

For those of you who haven't heard, Shibboleth is the new ATHENS. It is an authentication system that is based on your network id so one less username and password to remember! It will give you access to most of the electronic resources that we subscribe to (please note a small number of resources are restricted to on campus access only).

We hope you find it as easy to follow as we do but click here if you need some pointers.