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News and information about ejournals, databases and ebooks at UCL


Archive for the 'General announcements' Category

Undergraduates can now register for WRDS accounts

Sarah EGilmore15 November 2019

Due to recent licence changes UCL undergraduates can now register for WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) accounts. Once registered, your request may take a few days to be processed.

WRDS includes Compustat data and also data from Bureau van Dijk (BvD) and SNL.

Accessing articles in EBSCO databases

AnnaSansome21 December 2018

We are currently experiencing problems with accessing articles in EBSCO databases via Explore and Findit@UCL. If you see an error message telling you that the page has not been configured for access:

  1. go back to the View It menu in Explore and make a note of the name of the EBSCO database
  2. use our A-Z list to access the database you need and search for your article

Note that e.g. EBSCOhost Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source will be listed under D for Dentistry.

EBSCO proxy error message

Example View It menu


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

Sarah EGilmore9 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

Sarah EGilmore3 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.

MarkKluzek9 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

Sarah EGilmore4 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.


MichaelJones21 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

AnunciataRodriguez20 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

Sarah EGilmore13 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

AnnaSansome6 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