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HeritageQuest Online Now Powered by Ancestry

March 26th, 2015 by Debbie Hargett in Announcements, Databases

HeritageQuest, which is distributed by ProQuest, now has its content present by Ancestry. The new platform brings a number of enhancements and with that a few new browser requirements.

  • HeritageQuest Online will be optimized to perform best on current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or newer (we recommend IE 11+).  This gives libraries the most up-to-date security, as well.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or older will no longer be supported.  The new HeritageQuest Online may work in discontinued operating systems (such as Windows XP) and browsers, but we will not guarantee compatibility or make fixes.
  • Useful Microsoft Support information about each version of Internet Explorer can be found at

Database Enhancements — 2 April 2015

March 26th, 2015 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases

Gales announces that on  April 2nd, 2015, enhancements will be released for the following resources,

  • Academic OneFile
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Infotrac Newsstand
  • Science in Context.

These enhancements will increase accessibility for those with disabilities like low vision or blindness, improve usability for desktop and mobile researchers, and create a common user experience across some of Gale’s most popular resources.   Enhancements include,

  • Improvements to make resources more accessible to people with disabilities, such as low vision or blindness.
  • Streamlined navigation and responsive web design to allow searching over multiple platforms.
  • A more unified theme in line with other Gale products.

Wiley Online Library Maintenance — 21 March 2015

March 18th, 2015 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases

Wiley announced that it will be performing maintenance on its Online Library on Saturday, March 21st between 5:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  During this time access to the Wiley Online Library will be disrupted.

Periodicals by Title Maintenance: 14 March 2015

March 7th, 2015 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases

Database Maintenance

EBSCO has announced that Periodicals by Title and LinkSource will be unavailable on Saturday, March 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  During this time users will not be able to browser for full-text journals and the LinkSource icon that allows users to find journals across databases will not be available.

During this time all EBSCOhost databases and interfaces (including Fetch!) will  still be available.

Newspapers Added in LexusNexis

February 27th, 2015 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases

LexisNexisLexisNexis Academic offers insights on international events from a local perspective through its unparalleled collection of regional newspapers from across the globe.
Now available:

  • The North Shore Times, a community newspaper, covers an area renowned for its warm climate, magnificent beaches, scenery and lifestyle. A highly-desired destination for homemakers, North Shore is also a prime location for commercial and industrial development.

  • The Rodney Times is a leading, regional newspaper with a strong tradition of service to the community. Within easy commuting distance of major employers, the area has a stunning natural landscape, boasting 1,426 kilometers of coastline and beautiful beaches.

  • The Taupo Times is the most popular and well-read community newspaper in the Taupo district. The Taupo Times carries a number of strong, regular advertising features which include Dine, Motoring and Real Estate, Rural Scene, Health and Beauty, and Gardening.

  • The Wellingtonian  is the region’s favorite and largest community newspaper. It is the Qantas Media Awards 2010 Community Newspaper of the Year.

  • When members of the West Auckland community want news and information, they turn to the Western Leader. Published since 1963, the newspaper has the highest readership in the area. With its rich history, cultural heritage and wealth of natural beauty, West Auckland is one of the country’s most popular locations.
  • The Franklin County News is a community newspaper which is delivered free to homes in the Franklin area concentrating on local events and people, community achievements and sports with a particular emphasis on the positive aspects of life in Franklin.

  • The Hamilton Press keeps readers informed, entertained and prepared to make purchasing decisions around the city of Hamilton, New Zealand—a city known for education and scientific research, parks and gardens, fine cuisine and cafes, culture and attractions.

  • The Hutt News, New Zealand’s Best Community Newspaper as judged at the 2005 Qantas Media Awards, represents everything that is best in local news.

  • The Manukau Courier is South Auckland’s community newspaper and the primary source of reliable news and information.

  • The North Shore Times, a community newspaper, covers an area renowned for its warm climate, magnificent beaches, scenery and lifestyle. A highly-desired destination for homemakers, North Shore is also a prime location for commercial and industrial development.

ProQuest Maintenance — 28 February 2015

February 26th, 2015 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases

ProQuestOn Saturday, February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. and end at 1:00 a.m.  During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available. The following databases and services will be affected:

  • Books in Print
  • Dissertation publishing
  • Dissertations & Theses – PQDT
  • ProQuest Accounting & Tax Database
  • ProQuest Asian Business and Reference
  • ProQuest Banking Information Source
  • ProQuest Biology Journals
  • ProQuest Career & Technical Education
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Computing
  • ProQuest Criminal Justice Periodicals
  • ProQuest Education Journals
  • ProQuest Entrepreneurship
  • ProQuest Environmental Science Package
  • ProQuest European Business
  • ProQuest Family Health
  • ProQuest Health & Medical Complete
  • ProQuest Health Management
  • ProQuest Military
  • ProQuest Newsstand
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
  • ProQuest Political Science
  • ProQuest Psychology Journals
  • ProQuest Religion
  • ProQuest Research Library
  • ProQuest Science Journals
  • ProQuest Social Science Journals
  • ProQuest Sociology
  • ProQuest Telecommunications
  • SIRS Knowledge Source

Workshop Series: Spring 2015

January 5th, 2015 by Amee Odom in Announcements, Databases, E-Resources, Reference

Spring 2015 EKS Library and Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) Workshop Series

Monday, January 12th at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions on Fetch!, GoogleApps, and Moodle

Join us for an afternoon of concurrent, 30 minute sessions on Fetch! (the Library’s Discovery Service), GoogleApps, and Moodle.  Choose any or all to attend based on your research/pedagogical interests.

Feel free to come and go to accommodate your afternoon advising appointments.


Sessions with Amee Odom at 1:00, 2:00 , and 3:00 p.m. in the EKS Library Reference Computer Commons

Amee Odom is the Director of the Library.  Questions, contact her at or 8096.

Through the EKS Library’s discovery search service, you can optimize your research process.  Conduct a search of the Library’s entire collection via a single, powerful search platform which will query databases, eBooks, the Library’s online catalog, and a wide range of digital resources.  Selected features and tools include:

  • SmartLinks to full text , Persistent links, and Citation formats
  • Discovery search history strings and Save/Share searches
  • Personalized and Shared folders
  • RSS feeds and Email alerts and Highly-refined relevancy ranking


Sessions with Amee Odom at 1:00, 2:00 , and 3:00 p.m. in the EKS Library Computer Lab

Isaac Meadows is the Reference & Instruction Librarian.  Questions, contact him at or 8099.

Have you and Google Apps been properly introduced?  Come get to know the Google Apps a bit better with:

  • Reasons to promote the use of Google productivity tools by your students.
  • Ways to add interactivity and collaboration to classroom assignments.
  • Options for Data collection available through Google Forms.
  • Tools to manage your files via Google Drive.
  • Add-ons and Labs that may meet your unique needs.

Moodle Drop-In Question and Answer

Sessions with Mitch Cottenoir at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. in the CTL – Bring your Laptop!

Mitch Cottenoir is the Director of the CTL.  Questions, contact him at or 8978.

Would you like to:

  • let students know when others post to a forum?
  • let students know when you have added grades to the gradebook?
  • add a calendar to your course page?
  • know how to back up your course?

Get answers to these questions and others you have before the semester starts.

Wiley Maintenance

August 6th, 2014 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases

Database MaintenanceAccess to the the Wiley Online Library will be unavailable on Saturday, August 9th between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. due to scheduled maintenance.

ProQuest Maintenance: June 2014

June 6th, 2014 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases

ProQuestOn June 14th , 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

ProQuest expects the databases listed below to be un available from 10:00 p.m. on  Saturday, June 14th 2014 through 6:00 a.m. the following morning.

  • PQDT: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
  • The Wall Street Journal

EBSCO Network Upgrades: May 2014

May 23rd, 2014 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases

Database MaintenanceOn Friday, May 30th, 2014, all EBSCO databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while EBSCO engineers perform network upgrades. The service window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. You may experience intermittent access to EBSCOhost products and services for the duration of the service window, which is scheduled to end at 11:00 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

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