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Jisc eCollections for Higher Education Institutions 2014-2017

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Full Text Linking

MediaPlus

Full text linking where available

Historical Texts

Each item in Historical Texts has a unique URL that can be used to link directly to that item

Journal Archives

Journal Archives is OpenURL Version 0.1 compliant.  Each journal article also has a unique URL that can be used to link directly to that item

Federated Searching

MediaPlus

All of Alexander Street's resources are discoverable by the major search engines on the free web (e.g. Google, Bing) and by the commercial for-fee web-scale discovery services such as Summon, Primo, EDS and WorldCat. When enabled, users of commercial discovery services can search MediaPlus and access content from within their discovery service. 

Historical Texts

Federated Searching is not currently available with Historical Texts

Journal Archives

Federated Searching is not currently available with Journal Archives

MARC Records

MediaPlus

Free MARC records are available.

Historical Texts

Marc Records are available for nearly all the items in Historical Texts.  Please contact the Historical Texts service desk to obtain.

Journal Archives

MARC records are not available for Journal Archives items.

Search Options

MediaPlus

Basic and Advanced search features are available, with keyword searches, semantic facets, fielded searching, browsing via controlled vocabularies and cross-searching across other collections all available.

Historical Texts

Standard and advanced search options are both offered. The standard search box allows users to input very complex searches. Historical Texts also offers advanced search features which allows easy searching of specific fields in each book including Author, Title, Bibliographic Reference Number, Publisher, Subject, Genre and Place of Publication. Historical Texts offers Variant spelling and Fuzzy search options so that items are not missed by spelling variation and/or poor Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Full information on all the search options can be found on the Historical Texts help pages.

Journal Archives

Standard and advanced search options are available, allowing users to search by Author, Article and Journal Title, Volume, Year and Date. Journal Archives also includes the option to search by DOI. The search box supports complex searches, and more help on all the search options can be found at http://journalarchives.jisc.ac.uk/help.

Post Search Options

MediaPlus

Searches and browses can be further refined within the general results given for any keyword search or across the whole discipline by using the facets that appear in the left hand navigation: 

  • Format (e.g. Video, Text, Audio , Web resource)
  • Content Type (e.g. documentary etc)
  • Author/Creator
  • Person Discussed
  • Contributor
  • Historical event
  • Place discussed
  • Organization discussed
  • Topic / Theme
  • Publisher
  • Published date
  • Date written  /  recorded
  • Language of edition

Historical Texts

On the results screen a range of filters are available which can be used to narrow the focus of the results. Searches and individual items can be saved to be retrieved again at a future point if required. Texts can viewed on screen or downloaded. Entire books can be instantly downloaded as a PDF. Historical Texts also offers the ability to download single images of the pages in JPEG format and users can download bibliographic information in RIS format for use with reference manager tools.

Journal Archives

On the results screen a range of filters are available which can be used to narrow the focus of the results. Users can also browse through the Journal titles, volumes and issues if they prefer. Journal articles can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF document.

Usage Statistics

MediaPlus

All library customers are provided free administrator access to COUNTER 4-compliant usage statistics on a daily basis. The data is available from http://admin.alexanderstreet.com and comprises:

  • MR1 – Multimedia Report 1
  • MR2 – Multimedia Report 2
  • DB1  – Database Report 1
  • PR1 – Platform Report 1

In addition, Alexander Street has created its own non-COUNTER usage reports in order to provide more detailed information for institutions. These reports are:

  • Playbacks by Subject Area
  • Playbacks by Collection
  • Title Playbacks by Subject Area
  • Title Playbacks by Collection

Historical Texts

The statistics portal is currently in development and should be available soon

Journal Archives

The statistics portal is currently in development and should be available soon

Authentication

MediaPlus

Alexander Street is registered with the UK Access Management Federation to provide Shibboleth access control to UK institutions. We also offer a variety of alternative methods of access control, including IP address authentication and proxy server. If necessary, we can even provide access control by username and password. In addition to Shibboleth, access for customers is available as follows:

  • Onsite access – IP-range authentication
  • Off-site access – username / password, referring URL, proxy server I(including EZproxy), library card authentication

Historical Texts

Authentication is via the UK Access Management Federation or IP address range.

Journal Archives

Authentication is via the UK Access Management Federation or IP address range.

Personalisation

MediaPlus

Users can personalise their MediaPlus experience by using the funcitonality provided in their own free user account. Once created, this enables users to create and share clips and playlists, and save results for output via email, reference management software and social media. Users can bookmark individual items (whole pieces of content, clips or playlists) and can share via social media, email or mobile phone. 

Historical Texts

The service uses cookies to remember some user preferences. For example if a user opens both side panels in the viewer, these will automatically be open the next time they view an item from the same machine. For users accessing via UK Federation authentication, there is a My Texts feature enabling them to save searches and save records for future sessions.

Journal Archives

No personalisation features are available