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Changes to downloading e-books from Dawsonera

By Anna Sansome, on 7 September 2017

The process for downloading e-books from Dawsonera is changing. You may have already noticed this for some Dawsonera e-books and it will apply to all Dawsonera e-books by 31st October 2017.

When the change is made, you will need either a computer with the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software installed or an app or device that supports ADE to download from Dawsonera. This is the same as the requirements for downloading e-books from Ebook Central (previously EBL) and EBSCO so you may well already have the necessary arrangements in place.

To download to a desktop or laptop computer, you will need the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software installed on your machine.

To download to an iOS or Android device, you will need the free BlueFire Reader app which is available from the Apple and Google stores.

Some e-readers also support ADE – see the list of devices that support ADE on the Adobe website.

To download e-books:

  • Create an Adobe ID if you don’t already have one. Go to the Adobe website, click SIGN IN then “get an Adobe ID”.
  • Download ADE or the BlueFire Reader app.
  • Authorise ADE or the BlueFire Reader app with your Adobe ID.
  • Access the e-book on Dawsonera via Explore and choose to download to either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader as appropriate.
    • You can authorise up to 6 computers / devices with your Adobe ID. Authorising your computers / devices with the same Adobe ID means that an e-book you download to one will be available to you on the others.

      Although you may find ADE is available on UCL machines / via Desktop@UCL Anywhere, we would advise using the read online option if you are not using your own computer / device. The download is tied to a specific computer / device unless you authorise that device with your Adobe ID – you cannot simply save the download to your N / S drive and access it elsewhere – and authorising computers you may never use again may not be the best use of your 6 device limit.

      UCL Single Sign-On – Tuesday 14th February – NOW CANCELLED

      By Sarah Gilmore, on 9 February 2017


      UCL Single Sign-on maintenance, 14th February

      Please note that the UCL Single Sign-on, which is used to login to a number of our services and electronic resources, will be unavailable on Tuesday 14th February between 09:00 – 13:00.

      Areas which will be affected by the outage include:

      • All off-site access to electronic resources
      • On-site access to some electronic resources including Dawsonera, EBL/E-Book Central, Digimap, Westlaw and BBC Monitoring
      • Login to certain services such as Metalib and Digital Collections

      Unfortunately, as this is part of a large-scale datacentre migration project in ISD, a term-time outage is unavoidable but we do apologise for any inconvenience the work may cause.


      Essential maintenance of UCL Single Sign-on

      By Sarah Gilmore, on 3 February 2017

      Please note that the UCL Single Sign-on, which is used to login to a number of our services and electronic resources, will undergo essential maintenance on Tuesday 7th February, 8:00 – 08:30am and Thursday 9th February, 08:00 – 08:30.

      There should be no impact during the 7th February maintenance, while an outage of approximately 1 minute for the 9th February work is expected. This outage will have no impact on users who are already logged in, except that they will need to re-authenticate the next time that they access an application which uses the single sign-on mechanism.

      We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

      Screenshot of Single Sign-on page

      ProQuest product downtime Sunday, 21 August 3:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

      By Mark Kluzek, on 9 August 2016

      ProQuest have planned downtime for some products on Sunday, 21 August 3:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (BST)

      A full list of the affected products can be found here.


      Problems with JSTOR journal-level links in Explore

      By Sarah Gilmore, on 4 December 2015

      We’re currently experiencing problems with JSTOR title-level journal links in Explore and SFX. Instead of resolving to the front page of the journal, a JSTOR page with an error message is displayed.

      While we work to resolve this issue, please use any of the following steps to access content:

      • select one of the other platforms displayed on the SFX menu screen if available
      • search for the article title in Explore or Google Scholar – these links are operating as usual
      • search the ejournal a-z list instead: http://metalib.ucl.ac.uk/V?func=find-ej-1

      This issue is not affecting JSTOR eBooks, apologies for any inconvenience caused.


      By Michael Jones, on 21 September 2015

      BrowZine Logo

      UCL Library Services has signed up to a new journal browsing service called BrowZine. BrowZine is an app that allows browsing of our journal collection in an easy and intuitive way on mobile devices.

      The benefits of BrowZine are a simple entry point to view journal titles, either by title search or by browsing titles by subject category; the ability to create your own bookshelf of regularly read titles; the option to save articles for later offline reading; receive notification of new articles; and options to export content to bibliographic management tools.

      BrowZine iPad

      The vast majority of our scholarly journal content is available within BrowZine, with an emphasis on current content. Archival access is generally available back to 2005, with ongoing developments to extend this. Initially an app for mobile devices, BrowZine has now been further developed to provide a web version.

      The BrowZine app is available for download from the following link: http://thirdiron.com/download-browzine. BrowZine Web will shortly be available via Metalib.

      If you require any further information on BrowZine, or assistance in set-up and access, then please contact the E-resources Team: lib-eresource-help@ucl.ac.uk

      Methods in Enzymology

      By Anunciata Rodriguez, on 20 March 2015

      We are pleased to announce that UCL Library Services now has access to all volumes of Methods in Enzymology, previously only available until 1999.

      Methods in Enzymology is a highly respected publication in the field of biochemistry. Published for almost 50 years and with over 500 volumes, the series contains much material still relevant today and is an essential publication for researchers in all fields of life sciences, including microbiology, biochemistry, cancer research and genetics.

      System outage of Westlaw UK on Sunday 15th March, 12am-6am

      By Sarah Gilmore, on 13 March 2015

      Westlaw UK have a planned system outage at 12:00 am Sunday, 15 March, 2015  to allow for essential maintenance to be undertaken. 
      The maintenance will take several hours to complete, during which the Westlaw UK service will be unavailable. The full service is expected to be restored by 6:00 am Sunday, 15 March, 2015

      Brief outage of e-resource links, 08:00 on Tuesday 10th February

      By Anna Sansome, on 6 February 2015

      Links to UCL e-resources through SFX and MetaLib will be unavailable for a short period between 0800 and 0900 on Tue 10 Feb, and should be considered ‘at risk’ for the rest of that morning. This will also affect other links which use the UCL proxy server (‘libproxy’).

      During the short outage, if you are using a UCL computer, Desktop@UCL or WTS, you may try removing the ‘libproxy.ucl.ac.uk’ component from the link you are trying to access. For example:

      replace http://libproxy.ucl.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.scopus.com

      with http://www.scopus.com

      Times Digital Archive

      By Sarah Gilmore, on 18 July 2014

      We are pleased to announce that UCL’s access to Times Digital Archive has been increased to cover the period 1785-2008.

      The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008 offers access to 220 years of The Times and contains in total:

      • 1.4m pages
      • Nearly 70,000 issues 
      • More than 11m articles
      • Circulation figures for The Times – approx. 430,000