The eagle-eyed among you may have already spotted we have a few new links appearing within some of our article results in Summon: ‘Download Now’ and ‘Browse Now’:
This is the result of an update we’ve made to integrate the BrowZine service into Summon which gives us the ability to provide direct access to article pdfs as well as the option to explore the journal further by browsing the complete issue.
These links won’t appear alongside every article in Summon as BrowZine requires a DOI to generate these links and in some cases the publishers don’t provide this information.
BrowZine allows you to browse the library’s ejournals on virtual shelves. Easily discover, read and monitor the key journals in your field online or via an app on your tablet or phone.
We’ll be upgrading Summon during Thursday and Friday this week (12th-13th September). An overview of the new version of Summon is available here.
We’re not anticipating too much disruption to the service during the upgrade, but please be aware there may be short periods where Summon is unavailable and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience this causes you.
The new version of Summon will replace the library catalogue (//webcat.hud.ac.uk).
Once the upgrade has been fully tested, we’ll begin work on decommissioning the old library catalogue prior to the start of term.
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Based on student feedback, the new home page brings together a selection of information and resources, including opening hours, links to library subject guides, library news and access to your library account…
The new pages have also been designed to work well on mobile devices…
You can now access your library account using your normal university network login details. Once you are logged in, you can easily renew items currently on loan to you…
…see details of items that you’ve requested…
…and details of any outstanding fines…
For students, you can access all of your readings lists in one place. As well as links to reading lists for the current academic year, there are links to reading lists for modules you took in previous years and details of any recent changes…
The “history” page provides you with details of items you’ve borrowed previously…
If you have more than one library account, you can link them to your university network login…
Requesting a book
You can request a book from within Summon when all the available copies are currently out on loan. Firstly, make sure you are logged into Summon and then click on the “place a request” option…
We’re expecting there will be an upgrade to Summon later on today and this may cause a disruption to the service.
The primary benefit we’ll see from the upgrade is improved article level linking to content from the following publishers:
– BMJ Publishing
– Cambridge University Press
– HighWire Press
– Mintel Group
– Oxford University Press
– Sage Publications
In particular, the upgrade should resolve the problems we’ve been experiencing with ProQuest Newsstand.
UPDATE: 16/Nov/2011, 10pm
There were a few post-upgrade glitches with access to articles on the ProQuest platform, but these have now been resolved.
We’ve had a few complaints recently that Summon doesn’t allow you save PDF files. This isn’t actually anything to do with Summon, but seems to be a recent change Adobe has introduced in their Acrobat Reader software.
If you find that the “save” icon is greyed out in the Acrobat toolbar…
…select “File”, “Save As” and “PDF”…
Alternatively, if the PDF has opened within a web browser window, hover your mouse near the foot of the PDF window to display a toolbar and then select the “save a copy” icon…
According to Adobe Support, the “save” icon only becomes active once a user has made changes to the PDF document. However, as the vast majority of full-text journal articles don’t allow you to alter the PDF, the icon remains inactive.