How to set MPG/SFX links in the ADS

August 6th, 2013 by inga

Users of the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) can configure their ADS preferences to link to the electronic resources available to them through their library subscriptions. The MPG/SFX server has recently be added to the list of Library Link servers offered by ADS.

To activate MPG/SFX buttons in the ADS, please:

  1. log in to your personal account (or create a new one),
  2. go to "my Account" and choose the "Library Link Settings",
  3. from the pull-down of available Library Link servers, select the entry for the "Max Planck Society"
    ADS preferences
  4. and save your settings.

Your ADS preferences are stored as a cookie in your browser and will remain active until you sign off the system.

Mobile-optimized website for Safari Tech Books

February 17th, 2013 by inga

ProQuest introduced a new mobile-optimized website for customers of the academic version of the Safari Tech Books collection, including the MPG.

The emphasis of this additional website is to deliver easy access to licensed content via a simplified user interface. You can view it at: http://m.proquest.safaribooksonline.com.

Safari Books Online's mobile website supports the following devices:

  • All iOS 3+ devices
  • All Android 1.5+ (supported without prefetching), 2.1+ (supported with prefetching)
  • Blackberry 6, PlayBook (Blackberry Tablet)

Please note that access to the Safari Tech Books collection is IP authenticated, thus you need to ensure that your mobile device is assigned an MPG IP address.

Please feel free to comment on the new mobile-optimized website – here or via our contact form.

Zotero no longer working with vLib records

November 22nd, 2012 by eia

after upgrading to Firefox 17 the download-record-to-Zotero icon may presently fail to appear in the navigation bar

vLib full record Zotero icon

for more information see http://forums.zotero.org/discussion/26419/unapi-mods-translator-no-longer-working-in-zotero-3010-firefox-170/

you may wish to update your MODS translator immediately by following the link and instructions provided by Zotero developer Dan Stillman

we understand that the updated version of the translator will be rolled out soon

vLib WoK search mangled

September 18th, 2012 by eia

Please see http://vlib.mpg.de/start?title=WoK for Web of Knowledge databases as available in vLib.

As a consequence of an unexpected change of web services (i.e. services required by vLib to search databases in the background, and present results), Web of Science databases (e.g. A&HCI, SCI, SSCI) are no longer searchable through a single resource – see Web of Science – hence no vLib search checkbox is available for Web of Science at the moment.

In addition, integration of remaining WoK databases (Biosis Previews, INSPEC, Zoological Record) has turned out to be problematic and error-prone (at least INSPEC search had to be switched off entirely, investigation is continuing).

Please drop us a comment if you appreciate a stable, cross-searchable interface to search WoK databases in vLib.

Thank you in advance,

The vLib project team

Find resources in vLib, autocomplete

July 9th, 2012 by eia

An autocomplete service has been added to vLib forms that enable searching for appropriate information resources.

It’s available for resource title and publisher input fields at

http://vlib.mpg.de/start?view=metasearch&srv=locate
http://vlib.mpg.de/start?view=find-database&srv=browse
http://vlib.mpg.de/start?view=find-database&srv=locate

Just type any term (presently a minimum of three characters) to display a list of resources matching the input right below the form field.

To navigate through suggestions use the mouse or cursor up/down. To select an entry, click on it or press enter.

The service behind it has been designed to consider all title variants of a resource (or publisher name variants, respectively).

However, the list of suggestions actually shown contains display titles only (suggesting any title variants would be rather confusing and would unnecessarily bloat the list).

If you type some entry, and if matches are found, it’s obvious that some of the resource titles suggested do not seem to contain the string entered, for example:

vLib autocomplete

This is because the term does not always match part of a vLib display title, but only part of the full or alternative title of the resource that is being suggested.

If you follow a suggestion, resource titles may be verified by opening the info window (by clicking the vLib resource info button):

vLib autocomplete

In our example, resource info reveals that the resource was suggested because of its former name which is still recorded in vLib.

Any feedback (comments, etc.) is most welcome.

vLib maintenance ahead, Wednesday 28 March, 8-9 am

March 27th, 2012 by eia

vLib will be unavailable on Wednesday, 28/03/12, during our scheduled maintenance hours, some time between 8 and 9 am, due to the installation of a minor software release.

There should be a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes downtime.

!! PLEASE NOTE: to be reapplied tonight after 6 pm !!

We apologize for any inconvenience.

CSA and ProQuest databases migrate to new platform

February 23rd, 2012 by inga

Last year the information provider ProQuest released a new user interface which brings together reference databases and full text resources which were previously spread over various platforms (CSA Illumina, Chadwyck-Healey, ProQuest).

The new platform is now ready to use via http://search.proquest.com/.

Please note that we will start to redirect the relevant entry points to the new platform next week. We also recommend to update all local links and bookmarks as soon as possible.

For more information on using ProQuest, please consult your local MPI librarian or send your questions to the colleagues in the IVS-BM. Some online workshops featuring the new platform are now available, as well as a series of training videos created by the ProQuest team.

This is the list of the databases which have been migrated so far:

  • Aerospace Database (1962 – current)
  • AIDS and Cancer Research Abstracts (1982 – current)
  • Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (1987 – current)
  • Aqualine (1960 – current)
  • ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (1971 – current)
  • Biological Sciences (1971 – current)
  • Computer and Information Systems Abstracts (1981 – current)
  • Electronics & Communications Abstracts (1981 – current)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (1985 – current)
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Management (1967 – current)
  • ERIC (1966 – current)
  • GeoRef (1693 – current)
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA) (1973 – current)
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (1973 – current)
  • Materials Research Database (1965 – current)
  • Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (1974 – current)
  • MLA International Bibliography (1926 – current)
  • PAIS (1914 – current)
  • Philosopher’s Index (1940 – current)
  • Physical Education Index (1970 – current)
  • PILOTS (1871 – current)
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) (1639 – current)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
  • ProQuest Illustrata: Natural Sciences
  • ProQuest Illustrata: Technology
  • Social Services Abstracts (1979 – current)
  • Sociological Abstracts (1952 – current)
  • Solid State and Superconductivity Abstracts (1981 – current)
  • Zoological Record (1978 – 2012)

Information providers gone mobile

January 5th, 2012 by inga

Over the last two years, an increasing number of information providers started to offer mobile versions of their platforms or developed specialized applications to access the electronic content. In most cases, users with mobile devices will be automatically redirected to the corresponding version. Access to subscribed content may depend on your IP address, but some providers support remote access via specific measures.

Here you find some further information for selected providers:

Using MPG/SFX with your favorite literature management tool?

December 20th, 2011 by inga

Unfortunately, we don’t know what your favorite tool is, but want to share a short video which provides some instructions for how to use MPG/SFX with Mendeley:

The so-called base URL for the MPG/SFX link resolver is: http://sfx.mpg.de/sfx_local

Please note that Mendeley is by far not the only literature software which supports this kind of integration, e.g. the colleagues from the IVS-BM put together some information for EndNote. You are welcome to contact us if you are interested in instructions for any other tool, we’ll do our best to figure it out…

vLib downtime due to electrical power outage

May 23rd, 2011 by eia

Due to a scheduled power outage vLib will be unavailable between Friday, 27/05/11, 8 p.m., and Saturday some time during the day.

Please see the GWDG schedule (in German) for the most detailed information we found.

As a high number of services will be experiencing a downtime, systems will be started successively.

We have done our best to prioritize the start of vLib, however, we are unable to give any precise point of time when vLib will be available again after the outage.

MPG/SFX services should be available without interruption.

More info see GWDG News (in German see here).

We apologize for any inconvenience.