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Limiting Catalogue Searches to Books Only

Published by Dipa Barua

Q. The new interface is much harder to use than the old. There should be an easy way to limit searches to books only.  If I want to get articles, I will use Google or Web of Science.
 

Access to Online Texts for Non-Students

Published by Dipa Barua

Q. I have invested in $35 charge for 4 month access to SFU library materials.  Several of the books recommended in history class are not available in hard book form, which I could sign out to read anywhere, but are available only as "full text online", which I can't access with my current library status.  I can appreciate the library is shifting more and more to digital access which is likely cheaper and provides more variety. But I feel that over time this disadvantages subscribers like me.

New Catalogue System Search Changes

Published by Dipa Barua

Q. The new system for finding references in the library is much worse than the previous system. There are a number of issues that make it very difficult and sometimes nearly impossible to use the new system.

1. The advanced search does not allow for searches prior to 20 years ago, when in fact many of us are searching for earlier references.  AND it is really frustrating that you cannot just put in a specific date - in the past, this has been the only way I've found a particular reference.

Alumni Journal Database Access

Published by Dipa Barua

Q. I graduated in 2015 and my email account is going to be shut down this month. I assume my library privileges will also change. I like the online databases for articles, and I have to sign in with that
email ID to access those. I know I can borrow books with my alumni card (from my earlier degree, even), but is there anything I can do to maintain the journal database access?

 

American Antiquity

Published by Anonymous

Q:  I tried to access an article in the latest issue of American Antiquity by Lepofsky et al. [Lepofsky, D. et al. 2015. "Ancient shellfish mariculture on the Northwest Coast of North America."  American Antiquity  80:236-59.], but when I went to the e-version of American Antiquity that the library provides access to, everything in the issue seemed  to be available EXCEPT pp. 236-59 which simply seemed to be missing.  Can you help clarify what is up and how I can get access to this article online?