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Off-campus access issue with Value Line Investment Survey has been fixed

This issue has been resoleved. (07/23/2014)

The Value Line Investment Survey's interface has been updated and no longer works with the database Authentication system. This prevents successful off-campus access to this subscribed resource. On-campus access is unaffected. 

We continue to monitor this issue and we expect a resolution shortly. A comment as been added to the database entres ion the Libraries' website that will inform users of this problem.

This access problem does not affect the Value Line Research Center.

Interruption in FindIt@WMU service early Sunday morning, July 20th, 2014

There may be a slight interruption in FindIt@WMU (the SFX OpenURL resolver system)  functionality this Sunday, July 20th, 2014.

Ex Libris will be conducting some maintenance between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. The maintenance itself will take about 2 hours and will occur sometime during this period. There may be interruptions in FindIt@WMU functionality during this period.

Access problems with Alexander Street Press streaming videos resolved

The off-campus access problems we have been experiencing with streaming videos from Alexander Street Press have been resolved. Access has been tested from an off-campus location and functionality has been confirmed.

Thank you for your patience.


Biography and Geneology Master Index interface upgrade scheduled for July 2, 2014

The interface for The Biography and Geneology Master Index will be updated on July 2nd. See:
The Access URL should remain the same.


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.

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