Mintel Food and Drink Streams Added – Market Research Resource

We’re very excited to let you know that we currently have access to 4 UK data streams in Mintel: Food, Drink, Technology, and Retail Overview

What is Mintel?

Mintel is a resource that provides consumer market research reports covering different topics or sectors of the UK market.  Market research data on Mintel includes trends, statistics, brand and company information, and sector demographic data.

We currently have access to four data streams which cover the UK only:

  • Drink
  • Food
  • Retails Overview
  • Technology

Where can I access Mintel?

Access via the A-Z Online Resources page or directly via this link

Log in using your network username and password, then scroll down and click ‘I agree’

Please note that due to the more specialised nature of Mintel content, it is not searchable via LibrarySearch.

How do I search Mintel?

You can search for keywords and phrases using the search box at the top of the home screen or browse all reports in our subscribed streams via ‘My Reports’

Type search terms into the free-text box e.g. search by category, company, industry, or sector. A suggested list of reports will display as you type your terms.

Results are ranked by date (newest first) and according to the number of times your search term(s) appear in the report or insight.

You can refine your results using the filters on the left hand side of the screen e.g. filter by date, content, sector etc.

Mintel have created a quick video guide on how to run a search

What information can I get from a report?

Each report contains five key sections:

  1. Overview – contains the definition of the report and a short summary
  2. Market – contains size and performance information (i.e. sales)
  3. Consumer – contains key questions asked during consumer surveys
  4. Brand/Company – contains information on brand innovators and leading market shares
  5. Data – contains the appendix

Mintel have also created a quick video guide looking at the structure of reports

If you would like further information about Mintel or searching for consumer market research reports, please get in touch.  We’re happy to help.

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Brill Online Books and Journals – Unavailable Saturday 25th March

There is a planned downtime of our Brill Online Books and Journals platform scheduled for Saturday 25th March 2017.  The platform will be down from approximately 07:00

Results from Brill will still display in LibrarySearch but you will be unable to link to the full-text during the downtime.

If you have any queries about this, or any other Library resource, please let us know!

New Resource: CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Library Services are very excited to tell you all about our new EBSCO resource: CINAHL Plus with Full Text.  This will be a key resource for those in both SHS and SET as it covers Nursing, Mental Health and Counselling, Nutrition and Dietetics, and much more!

What is CINAHL and what does it cover?

CINAHL is the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines (includig Athletic Training, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Social Service in Health Care)  This database also provides access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals, book chapters and more.

Where can I access CINAHL?

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Some of you would have previously had access to CINAHL when out on placement via the NHS Knowledge Network Scotland – you had to use a separate Athens username and password.  Now you don’t need to go via the Knowledge Network or have a different username and password to access CINAHL content!  Just use the link above (available via the A-Z Online Resources) and log in with your network username and password.

All CINAHL Plus with Full Text content is available via LibrarySearch

Features and benefits of CINAHL Plus with Full Text

  • Provides an easy-to-use interface with basic and advanced search features and searchable cited references
  • Subject Headings help users effectively search and retrieve information and follow the structure of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used by the National Library of Medicine
  • Provides full text for more than 700 journals dating as far back as 1937 (note: coverage varies for each title and some current full-text content is embargoed)
  • Contains nearly 4.8 million records
  • Offers indexing for more than 5,000 journals
  • Includes searchable cited references for more than 1,400 journals
  • Includes author affiliations
  • Where full-text is not available in CINAHL, you can easily check availability in other Library resources and link straight through if available (or be taken to the ILL request service)

User Guides and Online Help

EBSCO have created comprehensive help guides for all CINAHL products including FAQs, search queries, and help with CINAHL Subject Headings.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text Help Sheet

CINAHL Databases FQAs

For more help and information go here

Training Videos

If you prefer to watch a video, EBSCO have also created training videos on CINAHL products.

These tutorials demonstrate the basic and advanced searching features of the suite of CINAHL databases on EBSCOhost. Additional functionality available from the CINAHL Plus, CINAHL Plus with Full Text and CINAHL Complete databases is also included.  Please note that the version subscribed to by the Library is CINAHL Plus with Full Text.

Basic Searching in CINAHL

Advanced Searching in CINAHL

Understanding the Results Screen

If you have any queries about using CINAHL (or any other Library resource) please do let us know.

Happy searching!

Library Essentials for Christmas: Top Tips to Help you Access Resources From Home

The holidays are fast approaching so here’s a few handy tips to guide you through the festive season!

The Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 23rd December and re-opens on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Don’t worry – no Library books or loans you have will be due back when we’re closed!

Hopefully you’ll get plenty of time to relax and enjoy a mince pie or five, but if you want to get cracking with coursework you can access ALL of our online resources from home.  However, to make sure you can get to the book or article you’re after as easily as possible without having to hunt for the right login option, always use LibrarySearch or the links on our Library web pages.

LibrarySearch

With LibrarySearch you can quickly and easily get to the full text of most* of our resources from one simple search box.  You’ll find all items from reading lists on LibrarySearch, whether they’re print or online resources. *If you’re looking for specialist content, you need to go direct to the following resources: Westlaw, Lexis Library, Construction Information Service, and Key Note.

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Always sign in (top right) before you start searching as this will allow you to save items from your results list for later and check the due dates of any items you’ve borrowed (My Account)

There’s a help section on the LibrarySearch home screen – just scroll down past the boxes and select the tab you want.  There’s some top tips here on searching and refining.

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Here’s a quick overview video showing you around LibrarySearch:

Here’s a quick guide to finding items from a reading list on LibrarySearch:

A-Z Online Resources and Subject Guides

If you prefer to search your favourite databases directly (who doesn’t have a favourite database?!) rather than using LibrarySearch, please use the links provided on the A-Z Online Resources page or from your designated Subject Guide.  These links have authentication built in so will prompt you for your network username and password.  If you use Google when on-campus, you’ll still get through to the full-text articles as we’ve got IP authentication enabled for all of our subscribed content.  If you try that off-campus, you’ll spend ages hunting around for the correct login (institutional/Shibboleth, never Athens) before you finally get to the Abertay content – or often, you won’t be able to access it at all via Google.  To keep things nice and simple, use these links for access.

Google Scholar

If Google Scholar is where you go to search for articles, make sure you’re not missing out on all those great resources the Library pays loads of money for!  Again, when you’re on-campus you don’t need to worry as our content is set up to show as available in Google Scholar.  If you’re searching at home, just go to: Settings > Library Links then search for Abertay (Show Library Access Links For) and tick the box for View It @ Abertay.  You can also choose to export directly from Google Scholar into RefWorks.  Go to: Settings > Search Results > Bibliography Manager then pick RefWorks from the drop-down and click save.  Hey presto!  You’ll now get links to all of our subscribed content in your results list and see an Import into RefWorks link under all results.  This will help you to keep track of all those important articles you find – no more scribbling references on bits of paper!

Click here for more help and info on Google Scholar.

Following these tips will ensure that you are able to access all of the same content and resources from home as you can when you’re in the Library.

And finally, have a great holiday and we’ll see you all in 2017!

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Resource Alert: Scheduled Maintenance – Wiley Online Library Saturday 14th May 2016, 11:00-14:00 BST

Wiley Online Library (E-books and E-Journals) will be unavailable on Saturday 14th May for three hours between 11:00-14:00 (BST) to allow essential maintenance to be carried out.

The provider apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any queries about this or any other resource, please contact us on library@abertay.ac.uk

Summon linking issues

We are currently experiencing issues with Summon linking out to some content.  When clicking the Full Text link from the results list, you may see a Serials Solutions User Authentication screen which states:

“We’re sorry, but we don’t recognize you as a current client of Serials Solutions. This may be due to the fact that your trial has ended or the URL was entered incorrectly. If you continue to get this error message, please contact a librarian at your institution for assistance.”

We have made some changes which should rectify this problem but are currently waiting for the build to update in order for these to take effect.  Hopefully this will be resolved today, or tomorrow at the latest.

In the meantime, you can still get to the content you have found via a Summon search – it will just take a few more steps.  From the Summon results list, you will be able to see all the details about the item: whether it is an eBook or journal article, where it is available from (e.g. Science Direct, Dawsonera etc.), the publisher, year of publication etc.  Once you’ve got the details you need, you can either go to our A-Z Online Resources or our Find a Journal search to get to the full-text item.

A-Z Online resources contains authenticated links to our databases and eBook and e-journal collections – this means that you will be prompted for your network username and password and automatically have access to all of our subscribed content. Once you’ve logged in to the resource, you can search for the item you need.  Remember, if you just search via Google, you won’t have access to our content without selecting the correct institutional login option so it is always quicker and easier to use our A-Z links or your Subject Guide pages.

Find a Journal is a tool which allows you to quickly search all of the Library’s subscribed
print and online journals by title. Use this when you are looking for a specific journal article
in a named journal.
Watch a quick video on using the Find a Journal Search:

We’re sorry for this disruption to the Summon service and any inconvenience that this may cause.  We’re working to get this resolves as soon as we can.

If you wish to get in touch with us regarding this, please email library@abertay.ac.uk

Problems accessing EBL eBooks from Summon using IE

There are currently issues accessing EBL eBooks when linking out from Summon using Internet Explorer both on and off-campus.

This issue is browser-specific so switching to Google Chrome (available on all university PCs) or Firefox will rectify the problem.  You won’t get an error if you have already authenticated during the current session.

If you are accessing EBL eBooks via the Library Catalogue or directly from the EBL platform, you will not encounter these error messages.

On-campus IE is generating a 500 internal server error:500error

And off-campus, IE is generating this message:

ERROR

An error occurred while processing your request. Please report the details of this error to the IS Service Desk using the Incident Report Form

This service requires cookies. Please ensure that they are enabled and try your going back to your desired resource and trying to login again.

Use of your browser’s back button may cause specific errors that can be resolved by going back to your desired resource and trying to login again.

If you think you were sent here in error, please contact technical support.

If you encounter this problem, please use a different browser.  There is also a ‘Report a Problem’ option on the right- hand side of the 360 Link screen (where the red arrow is above) – please use this to send details to the Library for further investigation.

This issue has been reported to the vendor and is being worked on as a priority.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you wish to report this or any other resource problems, please email library@abertay.ac.uk 

Google Scholar Alert: FullText@Abertay Links Temporarily Missing

We’ve been notified by ProQuest that our 360 Link links (FullText@Abertay) are currently missing from Google Scholar.  This will hopefully be restored by Wednesday 16th December 2015.

FullText@Abertay

When searching Google Scholar on-campus, FullText@Abertay links will show automatically in your search results. You can add these in your settings so that they will also show when using Google Scholar off-campus.

Here’s the full details from ProQuest:

“We have traced the cause to a timing glitch with the quarterly release of our 360 products which went out last Friday.  Unfortunately the timing of this release interrupted the weekly process by which Google files are generated.  This caused files for several libraries to be “empty” at the time that Google retrieved them from us.

While the problem has been resolved on our end, unfortunately Google will only index the files on a weekly basis.  This means the problem will not be corrected for your users until next Tuesday night/Wednesday morning when the next Google cycle completes.”

Summon is still working without issue so you can link out to all of our content from there. But, if you use Google Scholar and are used to seeing articles provided by Abertay in your results, you’ll have to wait a few days for this to return to normal.

Want to know more about Google Scholar and how to get the most out of this resource? 

If you have any queries about this, or any other E-resource issue, please contact us library@abertay.ac.uk

Scheduled read-only time on Taylor & Francis Online – Monday 7th December

Scheduled read-only time on Taylor & Francis Online

Taylor & Francis have let us know the following:

There will be some scheduled development work on the Taylor & Francis Online platform. During this time the site will be in read-only mode. Customers will still be able to download and read content for which they have access rights but other My Account functionality and purchasing options will be unavailable.

This will take place on Monday 7th December 2015, 07:00 – 16:00 GMT.

If you need any further assistance with this, or any other E-resource issues, please let us know library@abertay.ac.uk 

ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016

If you use ScienceDirect and have IE8 installed on your personal computer or laptop, please read the following announcement from the provider:

ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016

Why are we ceasing support of IE8?

We are following Microsoft’s directive to focus our support on newer, officially-supported IE browser versions. Microsoft announced in 2014 that, as of January 2016, it would only support the most recent IE browser version with technical support and security updates. We strongly encourage our customers to follow Microsoft’s directive as well by updating to more recent versions of IE. Additionally, users can move to the latest versions of the Chrome or Firefox browsers for an optimal ScienceDirect experience.

By removing IE8 from our support list, we will be able to provide the following future enhancements:

  • Remove current IE8 security issues
  • Enhance existing security measures across all browsers
  • Add support for new browser technologies
  • Add responsive design to aid use of ScienceDirect across devices
  • Improve accessibility to better enable access to people with diverse abilities

Note: Compatibility mode in IE9 or higher reverts the browser back to IE7 or IE8 behavior. If you experience issues accessing ScienceDirect using IE9 or higher, please disable the compatibility view mode in your IE browser.