Final post for this blog

August 30, 2013

The UMKC Libraries Electronic Resources Support Team has made the decision to no longer update this blog. We will keep the existing posts on this blog but will not be adding any new posts. News and updates regarding the libraries’ online collections shall be made available through other means.


BrowZine adds Android version

August 5, 2013

That’s right! You can browse, read and save articles in scholarly journals right on your Andorid tablet or Kindle Fire HD. Just download the app from Google Play or Amazon.

Three iPads with different pages: 1. a mock-up of a bookshelf, with simulated journal covers; 2. a magazine article; and 3. a list of saved articles

BrowZine lets you:

  • Read scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for tablets.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Be alerted when new issues of a journal are available.
  • Bookmark articles for reading later.
  • Easily save to Zotero, Dropbox, or Mendeley.

BrowZine is an easy-to-use way to stay current with the journals you want to read the most. Be aware, however, that not all of the library’s journals are available. The company is working with publishers to add their content to this service, so if you are looking for a particular journal, check the list of participating publishers often.

Important: BrowZine is compatable with Android version 4.0 and later. (These versions ar also known as Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean).

Want to see BrowZine in action? There’s a great video demonstration of BrowZine on the Third Iron website.

Want to try it out? Download BrowZine today.

The first time you use the app, you will need to select University of Missouri – Kansas City in the list of institutions and type in your UMKC username and password. After that, though, you won’t need to sign in again to use BrowZine.

AccessScience database cancelled

July 12, 2013

The library has cancelled AccessScience.  Access to this database ended July 12, 2013.

Access to GeoRef moving to Engineering Village

June 24, 2013

screenshot of GeoRef in the Engineering Village interfaceBeginning July 1, our access to GeoRef will be through the Engineering Village.  Preview access is available now.

If you have any saved searches, alerts, etc., these will not be moved to Engineering Village.  You will need to recreate them.

Also, please correct any bookmarks, etc. that you might have created.

Micromedex server migration means short down time

June 14, 2013

Micromedex will be unavailable for about 30 minutes Saturday evening, June 15th.  The database is being moved to a new server.

The exact time has not been announced.


Database Cancellations

June 14, 2013

The library has cancelled the following databases for 2013/2014.

Social Explorer gets a new look

June 6, 2013

Social Explorer is moving to a new interface on June 20th.  The new design will feature a new mapping interface and an expanded range of data.

What do you need to do?  Nothing.  Any bookmarks you have should still work.  And if you’ve set up a personal project, it will be moved to the new site automatically.

Also, for the first month, when you link to the site you will have the option to go to the “old” version.

Here are some of the changes to look for:

  • Additional map customization features
  • Improved searching
  • New data sets
  • An enhanced snapshot tool
  • New visualization features – like bubble maps