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Wiley Online Library and Cochrane Library unavailable this Saturday, 08/09/2014 from 5:00 am until 9:00 am

The providers of the Wiley Online Library and the Cochrane Library have notified us that these resources are scheduled for maintenance and will be unavailable this SaturdayAugust 9, 2014, starting at 5:00 am and continuing for up to 4 hours.


Address change for Data-Planet Statistical Datasets scheduled for August 8, 2014

A week from this Friday a new non-Java interface will be introduced for the Statistical Datasets database. At that time we will update Subject Guides, Class Guides, and the Database A-Z lst  and Library Catalog. When this happens August 8th the new access URL will be:
If you have any bokmarks directly to the database, they should be updated to point to that link.

Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience access has been restored

Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience access has been restored. 


Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience is not available

The database "Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience" is currently unavailable. 

The database providert has been contacted and is currently working on the problem. We expect a resolution shortly. an additional alert will be posted when access has been restored.

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine database removed from the collection

The FirstSearch database History of Science, Technology, and Medicine database is no longer available and has been removed from the collection .


Two addtional JSTOR journal collections available for WMU Users

Two addtional JSTOR  journal collections are now available for WMU Users. These collections add an additional 366 electronic journals, bringing the number of JSTOR journals available to 2,617. The FindIt@WMU system and PowerSearch has been updated to include these collections. Journals will also be included in VuFind in due course.

To see a list of all journal collections available to WMU users, see:


Problems connecting from off-campus to full text resource links for Internet Explorer users.


Several New Enhancements have been added to Engineering Village

Several New Enhancements have been added to Engineering Village

  • AutoSuggest - helps users find terms using the Ei Thesaurus.   Tutorial
  • New Download - Excel, CSV, PDF and RTF formats are now available.   Tutorial
  • Mendeley Web Importer - one click imports results to Mendeley.   Tutorial
  • What's New - provides a summary of the latest updates.   EngineeringVillage's Blog address

These and other video tutorials are on EngineeringVillage's YouTube channel.


Access lost to addittional streamiing videos

Several streaming videos have been removed from various Alexander Street Press databases (see list below).  Our provider has lost the hosting rights to streaming videos published by Direct Cinema and PBS and they have been removed. This affects American History in Video, Word History in Video, and Vast: Academic Video Online.

  • Africans in America Series
    • The Terrible Transformation (1450–1750) Episode 1
    • Revolution (1750–1805) Episode 2
    • Brotherly Love (1791–1831) Episode 3
    • Judgment Day (1831–1865) Episode 4
  • American Experience Series
    • The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels
    • John and Abigail Adams
    • Race to the Moon
    • Roots of Resistance
    • Victory in the Pacific
  • Athens: The Dawn of Democracy
  • The Between the Wars 1918–1941 Series
    • America in the Pacific: The Clash of Two Cultures
    • FDR and Churchill: The Human Partnership
    • FDR and Hitler: The Dynamics of Power
    • FDR and Hitler: Their Rise to Power
    • The First SALT Talks
  • The Great Depression and Foreign Affairs
  • The Italian Ethiopian War: Africa in World Affairs
  • Japan Invades China: Crisis in the Far East
  • Latin America: Intervention in Our Own Backyard
  • The Phony War
  • Radio, Racism and Foreign Policy 
  • The Recognition of Russia: A Climate of Mutual Mistrust
  • Return to Isolationism
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • Versailles: The Lost Peace
  • War Comes to Pearl Harbor
  • Commanding Heights
  • The March of the Bonus Army
  • Richard the Lionheart and Saladin: Holy Warriors
  • The Sixties: The Years That Shaped A Generation
  • The Spartans

Direct Cinema

  • Adirondacks
  • Angels of Vengeance
  • Birth of Language
  • D-Day Remembered
  • The Disappearance of Martin Bormann
  • From Hawaii to the Holocaust: A Shared Moment in History
  • The Great Commanders Series
    • Part 1: Alexander the Great
    • Part 2: Julius Caesar
    • Part 3: Napoleon Bonaparte
    • Part 4: Horatio Nelson  
    • Part 5: Ulysses S. Grant
    • Part 6: Georgi Zhukov
  • The Hunt for Adolf Eichmann
  • Josef Mengele: The Final Account
  • The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America
  • Knute Rockne and His Fighting Irish
  • Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in WWII
  • Men of Bronze: The Black American Heroes of WWI
  • Niagara Falls: The Changing Nature of a New World Symbol
  • A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin
  • One Survivor Remembers
  • Power of Conscience: The Danish Resistance
  • S-L1: America's First Fatal Nuclear Reactor Accident
  • Voices from the Attic
  • A Weave of Time

PDF display problems in Scribner Writers and Twane's Authors databases

November 21, 2013

It appears that there are difficulties in displaying the PDF version of search results within both the Scribner Writer Series database and the Twayne's Author Series database.

When a user conducts a search on a topic and the search results are displayed; each search result as links to view it in "Text" format or "PDF" format. If the user clicks on "Text" format the results are displayed correctly. However if the user clicks on "PDF" format. It tries to load but continually fails.

Gale has been informed of the problem and they are working on it (no expected time of resolution at this time). A note has been added to the A-Z and subject guides entries to the effect that there are temporary problems with the PDF display of search results and to select the Text alternative. Users should select the TEXT alternative until the problems are resolved.

Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian

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