Possible Off-Campus Access Interruptions November 21st

 

On November 21st, around 10:00 p.m. PST, the Off-Campus EZproxy Authentication system will be offline for about 10-15 minutes. This means Users authenticating from off campus to Library resources may lose access unexpectedly for a short period.

If you can’t log in to a resource or suddenly lose access to a resource, please try again after a few minutes.

If problems persist, contact us via our Help Form, and we will investigate.

Possible Off-Campus Access Interruptions Saturday

On Saturday, November 9th, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the CWL Authentication system will be undergoing testing. This mean Users authenticating from off campus may lose access unexpectedly for short periods.
If you can’t log in to a resource or suddenly lose access to a resource, please try again after a few minutes.

If problems persist, contact us via our Help Form, and we will investigate on Monday.

This is mostly for Library staff, but our Patrons should be aware as well:

UBC IT Bulletin posted saying several of our listservs are down.

However, our eResources Help Form is working and we are receiving queries that way. If you need to contact use, please use the Help Form. It will automatically generate a ticket and notify us of your questions/problems.

Thanks,

Your Friendly Neighbourhood eResources Team

UPDATE: Apply equivalent subjects” option has been set to default “off” . If you want to use this as part of a Advanced Search, tick the box when setting up the parameters of a search.

 

As of mid-August, 2019, there has been a change to EBSCOhost search results in databases. They have added “Apply equivalent subjects” to the Search Expanders (under Advanced Search) and set the default to “on” (box ticked).

What this means is that in EBSCOhost databases, if a search term or phrase matches to an equivalent concept within its subjects, that concept will be included in the search as well. For example, in ERIC a search for the phrase “conflict management” also automatically includes the phrase “conflict resolution” – unless the box for “Apply equivalent subjects” is un-ticked first.

However, the “subjects” are not consistent between databases. For example, the above “conflict management” search produces the same results in CINAHL with or without “Apply equivalent subjects” activated. It does not add “conflict resolution“. But a search in CINAHL for “medical device” does bring up different results depending if the “Apply equivalent subjects” box is ticked or not as it will add the subject “Equipment and Supplies” (ERIC returns the same number of results for “medical device” either way).

To add a further wrinkle, some databases will look for plurals & possessives of search terms -even when in a phrase- while others won’t. ERIC does this, CINAHL does not… and this can get very confusing if you start to nest truncation in searches or move between databases expecting that they all act the same way.

Look for the listing of subject headings or Thesaurus in your preferred database (if available) to see what it includes and read the following articles for more info:

Upcoming change to your EBSCOhost search results

Why do truncation (*) searches sometimes return fewer results?

How is relevance ranking determined in EBSCOhost?

UPDATE – Summon back up (10:35 a.m.)

Summon down this morning

All Summon searches lead to an error “APPLICATION ERROR”  Your search has failed to complete. Please try again.

Other institutions are experiencing the same problem, and it is being worked on.

Stay tuned for updates!

UPDATE : PDFs now working

PDFs of articles are not downloading for a number of ScienceDirect ejournals.

An error message saying “Something went wrong” appears.

We have reported the problem. Stay tuned!

Update – Summon is back up

Contact us if further problems : https://about.library.ubc.ca/contact-us/ejournal-help/

Summon, UBC Library’s discovery service, is currently down.

 

We are working on it.

Stay tuned!

STATUS UPDATE – TOOLS WORKING NOW

The tools for the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) site on Ovid are not currently working.

Per the Provider:

Unfortunately, due to ongoing network issues we are having at the Ovid end the JBI EBP tools are unavailable and the error message you see is appearing when people try to login to their personal accounts.

However there is a workaround, if the person ignores this message and clicks the “MyWorkspace” section of the blue navigation bar at the top of the Ovid screen they will be taken into their Personal Account information and their Searches/Alerts/Projects will be available to them.

Thank you for your continued patience while we are working to restore normal Ovid service.  Unfortunately, we do not have a specific timeline for when we expect service to be fully restored and we do apologize.

Please watch for updates.

 

UPDATE : Access Restored.

Access to all OVID resources is currently unavailable due to a system wide outage on the vendor site.  This impacts access to: Medline, Embase, LWW journals, Books@OVID, HAPI, EMB Reviews. They are working to restore access as quickly possible.

 

Update: We’re back online. Thanks for your patience.

Access to the Library’s Indexes & Databases is currently unavailable.
We are working to restore this as quickly as possible.

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