OpenAthens Tests

Your Library and Learning Resources (L&LR) team will be testing OpenAthens, one of our methods of authenticating your access to our eResources on:

  • Wednesday 21st August 8am to 9am
  • Tuesday 27th August 8am to 9am

During the tests when you access a L&LR eResource using OpenAthens you will be  presented with the following screen:

Click on BCU API for access to eResources during the tests

For access to our eResources please choose the option labelled BCU API.

VLeBooks new online eBook reader

During the summer Askew & Holts will be introducing a new online eBook reader for their VLeBooks platform. If you have used this platform to add eBooks to bookshelves or made notes within an eBook, unfortunately this information will not be migrated over to their new online reader.

However, if you want to preserve the contents of your bookshelves and notes you have up until 12th July 2019 to do so. Please continue reading for advice on your next steps…

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Downtime for full-text links

ExLibris, providers of our link resolver software which allows you to link to and download full-text content, will be performing some scheduled maintenance. Unfortunately while the scheduled maintenance takes place full-text links for many of our eResources will be unavailable.

When will this happen?

From Saturday 9th February at 1:00am for up to 24 hours until Sunday 10th February 2019 at 1:00am.

What services will be unavailable?

The A-Z of eJournals will be unavailable along with full-text links for many of our eResources, including eJournals and eJournal articles, from:

  • Subject LibGuides
  • Library catalogue
  • Library website search
  • Summon
  • Google scholar
  • Databases

Where can I search for information?

During the scheduled maintenance you can search our Library catalogue for books and eBooks and use our Subject Guides to directly access databases and websites on your chosen subject.

For example, using the Business: Strategy, HR and Marketing subject guide as illustrated below, use the Finding Information tab to click on the link for Online Resources and Websites:

Subject Guide

Online resources and websites include lists of databases and websites where you can search for information. By accessing databases such as ABI/INFORM Global and ABI Trade & Industry or Mintel directly you may still be able to access the full-text content they contain.

Subject Guide 2

For a full list of databases visit our A-Z Databases list.

If you continue to experience problems with links to full-text content after the scheduled maintenance please drop us an email at elibrary@bcu.ac.uk.

Ebook Central: Get ready for a new e-book service

On the 25th April e-books currently available on MyiLibrary will be migrating to a new platform called Ebook Central. Keep reading for details of Ebook Central’s great features, some of the online sources of help available with using Ebook Central and if you’re a MyiLibrary user some of the steps you might want to take before the migration takes place.

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