Update: Trial to Dynamed Plus now including ACP Smart Medicine


Updated August 31

A trial has been set up for Dynamed Plus, which will run until the end of September.  Dalhousie currently subscribes to Dynamed and to ACP Smart Medicine (formerly known as ACP PIER). By the end of the year, ACP Smart Medicine will be discontinued as a stand-alone product and the content will be incorporated into Dynamed Plus.

Please check it out during the trial period and provide your feedback on any advantages a subscription to Dynamed Plus might deliver by the end of September.

Please provide feedback through this online form by the end of  September.


OVID maintenance outage August 8-9

There will be a service outage due to scheduled maintenance overnight Saturday August 8th.

The following products may be unavailable during this time:

  • Bates Visual Guide
  • Journals and books on the OVID platform

We apologize for any inconvenience.

eTherapeutics/eCPS renamed RxTx – August 14

On August 14, eTherapeutics/eCPS will switch over to RxTx, a new robust and intuitive product with a powerful search engine that gives you the drug and therapeutic information you need in fewer steps.

The switchover means you’ll see RxTx when you first login. You’ll still be able to access the older interface by clicking on the link in the bottom banner. Please note that the publisher has provided a link to a survey in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

If you haven’t tried RxTx, we encourage you to do so before the switchover date. You can also register for the RxTx Product Overview webinar.  Attend this live, interactive product tour on August 11th, 12th or 13th to familiarize yourself with the new interface.

Embase service interruptions this weekend

On July 31st, Embase will release new features that make it easier to identify relationships between drugs, diseases and devices and their associated events. Due to this release, users are advised to avoid saving searches or email alerts for a period of 8 hours beginning at 6 am EDT/12 pm CEST
(i.e., July 31st from 6 am EDT/12 pm CEST – 2 pm EDT/ 8 pm CEST).

For more information on the Embase release, please click here.

In addition, on Saturday, August 1, access to Elsevier platforms – including Embase — will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 6 pm EDT/12 am CEST.

These events will be communicated via in-product messaging and Twitter, and they will indicate via in-product messaging when you may resume using the saved search/email alert function.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Dalhousie Libraries acquires online access to Oxford Arabic Dictionary


The Dalhousie Libraries have recently acquired online access to the Oxford Arabic Dictionary.

This is the most authoritative English-Arabic/ Arabic-English dictionary ever published. Based on real modern evidence and computational analysis of hundreds of millions of words in both English and Modern Standard Arabic, the dictionary boasts more than 130,000 words and phrases and 200,000 translations. It has been designed for both Arabic and English native speakers and includes up-to-date vocabulary from computing, business, the media, and the arts, across both languages.

The Oxford Arabic Dictionary can be accessed through the Novanet Online Public Catalogue and the Databases page on the Dalhousie Libraries website.

SFX migration scheduled to begin Sunday July 19, 2015

SFX Migration

The link resolver SFX (The Get it@Dal button) will be unavailable on Sunday 19 July 2015 while Ex Libris migrates it to a newer, more modern data center. In order to retrieve an article you need during this time, you can use Novanet Classic or Primo to search the name of the journal and click through to the journal homepage. From there you can navigate to the required article.

On Monday and Tuesday SFX will be “view only” while the reconfiguration takes place. Users should not be affected by this change but staff will not be able to make any updates to the SFX database. After that, Ex Libris will make the switch to go Live with SFX on the new environment. Our SFX BaseURL will not change when we are moved to the new environment.


How to Find Streaming Video of Historical Theatre Productions

Did you know that you can stream video of historical theatre productions from the Dal Libraries website?   The Theatre in Video online database contains over 250 performances of some of the world’s top plays and over 100 documentaries.  Hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors are re[resented in the collection, which has been compiled by Alexander Street Press.    The online database is a fantastic compliment to the massive Theatre Archives in the Archives and Special Collections.

There are two ways to find videos.  You can go to the database and search or browse for videos, or you can find the videos in WorldCat, the Library Catalogue.  In both cases, you’ll end up streaming video from the Theatre in Video player.

1. Go right to the database – Visit the Libraries Homepage and select”Databases” from the drop-down menu.  Type “Theatre in Video” in the search box:

Click on the link to enter the database:

Once you get to the database, you can search or browse by actor, director, playwright, and more.  There is also a menu for browsing:

2. Find videos in WorldCat, the Library Catalogue – Make your search in WorldCat.  Try using the title of a play or the name of an actor or playwright. You will find it helpful to narrow your results to materials at the Killam Library:

Then you can use the filter menu on the left to select  “eVideo” :

Your filtered results will only contain eVideos, which are indicated with a small film icon.  Click on the title to find the link to the Theatre in Video database:

We hope you enjoy this exciting resource!  If you want to find information on Nova Scotia theatre history, drop the Archives and Special Collections reading room on the 5th floor of the Killam Library.

Lexi-Comp Interface to Change

On Monday, March 26, 2012 the interface for both Lexi-Comp Online with AHFS (Medicine) and Lexi-Comp Online for Dentistry will change. The new versions offer new functionality, advanced searching capabilities and faster and easier access to clinical content. A link to the old version will remain until June 2012. For more information on the new interface, you may view Lexi-Comp’s short video.

As usual you can access these products from the Libraries web pages, search box or our drug information page.

The JSTOR Ireland Collection

Complementing JSTOR’s existing collections, the Ireland Collection adds titles and resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Created in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast, the collection provides a rich focus on Ireland, with more than 75 key journals and 200 monographs in 8 disciplines.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day by immersing yourself in the JSTOR Ireland Collection!

Music Manuscripts After 1600

Published by the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales / International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM), Music Manuscripts after 1600 is the most comprehensive annotated index and guide to music manuscripts available. It contains more than 657,000 manuscript records by over 22,500 composers found in over 800 libraries and archives in 32 countries. Access from both on and off campus.

Music scholars explore it now!