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Exambank – past exam from your courses

Posted: October 22nd, 2014

Exambank has been updated to include exams from the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Trial to AccessScience: October 14 – November 15

Posted: October 15th, 2014

AccessScience is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. An award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, it offers links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers. With these and other online features, AccessScience is continually expanding the ways it can demonstrate and explain core, trustworthy scientific information in a way that inspires and guides users to deeper knowledge.

Trial to AccessEngineering extended to November 15

Posted: October 15th, 2014

AccessEngineering is an engineering reference tool that provides seamless access to a collection of authoritative, regularly updated engineering reference information. Trial date ends November 15. Please send your feedback on this database to engsci@queensu.ca

Ebooks and Adobe Digital Editions privacy concerns

Posted: October 14th, 2014
The Library has been made aware of some privacy and security concerns around the newly released Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 4 Reader.  ADE Reader is a commonly used desktop application for accessing e-books that contain Adobe’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.  Adobe DRM is used by many booksellers and online library lending services.
Adobe has confirmed that information about titles protected with Adobe DRM software is being passed to Adobe by the ADE 4 Reader, and in an unencrypted format.   This issue affects ePUB format titles opened in ADE 4 only.  It does not affect DRM-protected titles on Scholars Portal Books, which are available exclusively in PDF.   Initial investigation at Queen’s indicates that we have few if any databases that use Adobe ePUB format, so impact at Queen’s will be limited.
However,users with concerns about the operation of the new ADE 4 Reader may wish to use older versions of the software, which do not communicate reading activity to Adobe.  The ADE 3 Reader does not communicate with Adobe except to validate the license to unlock the DRM protected book.
ADE 3 Reader is available for download at this address: http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html
Users may also choose to use tablet-based reader apps for iOS and Android such as Overdrive or the Bluefire Reader.   These apps can unlock e-books protected with the Adobe DRM but do not communicate reading statistics to Adobe.
OCUL is working on our behalf to pass this concern on to Adobe and to update OCUL members,  More details at:  http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3325

The Library has been made aware of some privacy and security concerns around the newly released Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 4 Reader.  ADE Reader is a commonly used desktop application for accessing e-books that contain Adobe’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.  Adobe DRM is used by many booksellers and online library lending services.

Adobe has confirmed that information about titles protected with Adobe DRM software is being passed to Adobe by the ADE 4 Reader, and in an unencrypted format.   This issue affects ePUB format titles opened in ADE 4 only.  It does not affect DRM-protected titles on Scholars Portal Books, which are available exclusively in PDF.   Initial investigation at Queen’s indicates that we have few if any databases that use Adobe ePUB format, so impact at Queen’s will be limited.

However, users with concerns about the operation of the new ADE 4 Reader may wish to use older versions of the software, which do not communicate reading activity to Adobe.  The ADE 3 Reader does not communicate with Adobe except to validate the license to unlock the DRM protected book.  ADE 3 Reader is available for download at this address: http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html

Users may also choose to use tablet-based reader apps for iOS and Android such as Overdrive or the Bluefire Reader.   These apps can unlock e-books protected with the Adobe DRM but do not communicate reading statistics to Adobe.

OCUL is working on our behalf to pass this concern on to Adobe and to update OCUL members.  More details at:  More details at: http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3325

Open Access Week 2014

Posted: October 14th, 2014

Queen’s University is participating in International Open Access Week (Oct. 20-26) with an event held on Oct 23 from 1-4;30 pm in The Atrium, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The aim of this event is to engage the research community in discussion about the issues and trends related to open access and promote awareness and understanding of open access – access to material publicly available online.

This year the week’s spotlight is on young people with the theme “Generation Open”. The week will celebrate the contribution we’ve made to the Open Access movement, and address the unique challenges we face.

Find more information on this year’s OA Week event on our website.

Drone Awareness and Perceptions: A Three Country Study

Posted: October 8th, 2014

From Angus Reid Global, this 2014 study aims to understand awareness and perceptions surrounding the use of drones to identify and collect information in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. The questions asked individuals whether they had a basic awareness of various Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) applications, as well as assessed support for how they are being used and in what scenarios.

The survey was based on a set of questions developed by the Surveillance Drones Research Team, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University.

New Subscriptions: Nature Chemistry, Nature Climate Change & Nature Communications

Posted: October 6th, 2014

Queen’s Library started a subscription to Nature Chemistry, Nature Climate Change, and Nature Communications.

These are the recent additions to other Nature Publications provided by Queen’s Library.

New Subscription: ASTM Standards & Digital Library (SEDL)

Posted: October 6th, 2014

Queen’s Library subscribes to ASTM Standards & Digital Library providing access to 1,400+ books, 60,000+ articles and chapters in addition to 12,000+ standards.

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards

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Merck Index 15th ed Available Online

Posted: September 19th, 2014

The 15th ed of the Merck Index is now available online.

New Trial: AccessEngineering

Posted: September 17th, 2014

AccessEngineering is an engineering reference tool that provides seamless access to a collection of authoritative, regularly updated engineering reference information. Trial dates: September 16 to October 15.

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