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Information about resources integrated into the MPG.ReNa and the MPG/SFX link resolver

How to get Elsevier articles after December 31, 2018

The Max Planck Digital Library has been mandated to discontinue their Elsevier subscription when the current agreement expires on December 31, 2018. Read more about the background in the full press release.

Nevertheless, most journal articles published until that date will remain available, due to the rights stipulated in the MPG contracts to date.

To fulfill the content needs of Max Planck researchers when Elsevier shuts off access to recent content at the beginning of January, the Max Planck libraries and MPDL have coordinated the setup of a common document order service. This will be integrated into the MPG/SFX interface and can be addressed as follows:

Step 1: Search in ScienceDirect, start in any other database or enter the article details into the MPG/SFX citation linker.

Step 2: Click the MPG/SFX button. Note: In ScienceDirect, it appears in the “Get Access” section at the top of those article pages for which the full text is no longer available:

Step 3: Check the options in the service menu presented to you, e.g. free available full text versions (if available).

Step 4: To order the article via your local library or the MPDL, select the corresponding link, e.g. "Request document via your local library". Please note that the wording might differ slightly according to your location.

Step 5: Add your personal details to the order form in the next screen and submit your document request.

The team in your local library or at the MPDL will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please feel free to contact us if you face any problem or want to raise a question.

Update, 06.06.2019: Check out our new flyer "How to deal with no subscription DEAL" prepared in cooperation with Max Planck’s PhDnet.

Aleph Multipool-Recherche: Parallele Suche in MPG-Bibliothekskatalogen

Update, 07.12.2018: Die Multipool-Suche gibt es jetzt auch als Webinterface.

Der Multipool-Expertenmodus im Aleph Katalogisierungs-Client dient der schnellen Recherche in mehreren Datenbanken gleichzeitig. Dabei können die Datenbanken entweder direkt auf dem Aleph-Server liegen oder als externe Ressourcen über das z39.50-Protokoll angebunden sein. Zusätzlich zu den lokalen Bibliotheken ist der MPI Bibliothekskatalog im GBV auf dem Aleph-Sever bereits vorkonfiguriert.

Die Multipool-Funktion ist im Aleph Katalogisierungs-Client im Recherche-Bereich zu finden (2. Tab):

Multipool Tab

Unterhalb des Bereichs zur Auswahl der relevanten Datenbanken kann man die Suchanfrage eintragen. Hinweise zur verwendeten Kommandosprache finden sich in der Aleph-Hilfe. Nach dem Absenden der Suchanfrage wird die Ergebnisliste mit den Datenbanken und der jeweiligen Treffermenge im unteren Rahmen angezeigt:

Zum Öffnen eines einzelnen Sets genügt ein Doppelklick:

Bei gemeinsamen Katalogen – wie z.B. dem MPI Bibliothekskatalog im GBV – findet sich der Hinweis auf die bestandshaltende Bibliothek in der Datensatz-Vollanzeige:

Aleph Datensatzanzeige

Zur Einrichtung der Multipool-Suche müssen die vom lokalen Aleph-Client genutzten Konfigurationsdateien (library.ini und searbase.dat) erweitert werden. Bei Bedarf stellen wir die von uns genutzten Dateien gerne zur Verfügung. Weiterführende Informationen finden sich auch im Aleph Wiki:

  1. Download und Installation des Aleph Clients
  2. Einrichtung weiterer Z39.50-Zugänge

Citation Trails in Primo Central Index (PCI)

The May 2016 release brought an interesting functionality to the Primo Central Index (PCI): The new "Citation Trail" capability enables PCI users to discover relevant materials by providing cited and citing publications for selected article records.

Citation trail feature in PCI

At this time the only data source for the citation trail feature is CrossRef, thus the number of citing articles will be below the "Cited by" counts in other sources like Scopus and Web of Science.

Further information:

ProQuest Illustrata databases discontinued

Last year, the information provider ProQuest decided to discontinue its "Illustrata Technology" and "Illustrata Natural Science" databases. Unfortunately, this represents a preliminary end to ProQuest’s long-year investment into deep indexing content.

In a corresponding support article ProQuest states that there "[…] will be no loss of full text and full text + graphics images because of the removal of Deep Indexed content". In addition, they announce to "[…] develop an even better way for researchers to discover images, figures, tables, and other relevant visual materials related to their research tasks".

The MPG.ReNa records for ProQuest Illustrata: Technology and ProQuest Illustrata: Natural Science have been marked as "terminating" and will be deactivated soon.

Personal Accounts activated for OvidSP

Users from the Max Planck Society have now access to the "Personal Account" feature in OvidSP. This enables you to create a private workspace to store search strategies, AutoAlerts, and more, by logging in at any time during an active OvidSP session.

In order to try out the Personal Account feature, please:

  • log into OvidSP (IP authenticated access)
  • select "My Workspace" in the top menu to be directed to a login screen

First time users will need to register via the "Create a new Personal Account" link above the login box. Further information can be found in the Ovid help and the video tutorials offered by Wolters Kluwer.

Please note that OvidSP Personal Accounts will replace the MPG/Ovid user login in the near future. All users with an active MPG/Ovid account will receive an email providing more details soon.

Changes to WoS database portfolio

We would like to announce following two changes to the databases available via the Web of Science:

1. The MPG subscription has been extended to Thomson Reuters Citation Connection. This provides MPG researchers with additional access to following databases:

In addition, the Web of Science Core Collection has been expanded by following segments:

  • Book Citation Index, 2005-
  • Current Chemical Reactions, 1986- (incl. INPI Data, 1840-1985)
  • Index Chemicus (IC), 1993-

2. Unfortunately, the subscription to Inspec will terminate end of 2014, thus the database will no longer be available via WoS in 2015. The decision was taken due to the continuously decreasing usage of the database which suggests that a MPG-wide license is no longer reasonable.

Any feedback is welcome, please feel free to fill up the contact form.

Essential Science Indicators and Journal Citation Reports on the InCites platform

Thomson Reuters has released the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) and the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) on its InCites platform. This launch is part of a larger strategy to introduce InCites as single environment for research and bibliometric assessment and evaluation. In addition, the data from JCR and ESI will be integrated more prominently into the Web of Science. For an example, check out the "Highly Cited" icon or the "View Journal Information" section on this WoS Full Record page.

Users of the Max Planck Society may access ESI and JCR on both platforms until end of 2014 via the URLs provided below. From January 2015 onwards, both resources will be available via InCites only.

Journal Citation Reports

Essential Science Indicators

Training videos are available for JCR on InCites and ESI on InCites.

Login Information: IP authentication has been setup for InCites, but the platform still requires an explicit Sign-In. Therefore a login screen will be displayed when you enter InCites for the first time. From here you may select the "Continue without signing in" link if you do not wish to register for a personal account.

How to set MPG/SFX links in the ADS

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

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:

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.

CSA and ProQuest databases migrate to new platform

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

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)