Access issue to our ebook trial

Apologies if you have been trying to access some ebooks after a search in Discover and you are not getting access to the ebook.

There is an issue with a trial we are setting up with ProQuest – which we are trying to fix as soon as possible. At the moment you get a screen with details of the book saying we don’t have access. Watch this space, and apologies again.

Proquest Ebook Central




New trial – theses at your finger tips

We are trialling ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global until 31 October 2018.

You can access full text graduate works since 1997 and selected full text since 1743.

Topics include: Business and Economics. Medical Sciences, Science, Technology, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

If off campus, look for an option to login via your institution, select United Kingdom (UK Access Management Federation for Education) select Liverpool John Moores University from the drop down list, then login with your LJMU username and password.

Search, explore and let us know how you find the service, either by filling in a reply below or adding to Library Chat.

Proquest Diss and These


New trial – covers 160 subject areas

We are trialling ProQuest Central until 31 December 2018

You can access journal articles, ebooks, newspapers and conference papers across all major subjects areas.

Look for an option to login via your institution, select United Kingdom (UK Access Management Federation for Education), select Liverpool John Moores University from the drop down list, then login with your LJMU username and password.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the ease of use, access to resources and navigation, either reply below or drop us a line via Library Chat.



Trouble accessing some electronic resources

Having trouble accessing electronic databases? Getting an error message? It’s been brought to our attention that there are issues accessing Westlaw UK and LexisNexis.

There has been a severe outage reported by Open Athens which looks to be affecting access to some of our electronic resources.

Error messages will appear when you try to access – we are looking into this – keep trying and contact a Library staff member if you are unsure.

KeyLinks, our upgraded reading list management system, is now available!

With KeyLinks you can quickly create a list of resources for your students containing books, eBooks, book chapters, journal articles, links to webpages, and much more. Your reading list (available per module) lives in the module information area on Canvas and can be updated anytime. It can be filtered on tags that you choose to add e.g. topics/weeks etc. and provides an easy way for your students to access essential and recommended readings. (All existing reading lists, notes and tags on our old system, Rebus:List, have been transferred to KeyLinks). There is a user guide and we will be running workshops and demonstrations to support academic staff. If you have any questions about the upgraded system, or if you are new to reading list management software, please  contact your Academic Liaison Librarian or use the online LJMUHelpMe form. For further information please see Reading list service.


Proquest Platform Upgrades

On Sunday 19th August from 3am to 11am, Proquest will be undertaking some maintenance work which will result in many of their collections being unavailable. During this period of unavailability, use Discover to search for alternative materials

The following resources will be affected:

  • Ebook Central
  • Art and Architecture Archive
  • British Periodicals
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI)
  • Digital National Secuity Archive
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Guardian and Observer Archive
  • Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)
  • PsycArticles
  • PsycINFO
  • Vogue Italia
  • Women’s Daily Wear Archive

Library Services apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

IEEE Xplore Upgrades!

On 31st July 2018, IEEE Xplore will upgrade to a new search engine.

This allows for a much more integrated experience and offers users:

  • The ability to include wildcards with phrased searches
  • The ability to include search operators such as AND, OR, NOT, NEAR, and ONEAR via the Basic Search
  • Search that is optimized across a variety of file types including PDF, HTML, audio, and video
  • An improved process for saved searches
  • A foundation for future platform enhancements such as semantic enrichment, smarter recommendations, and concept/entity extraction

Please note, all saved searches and search histories will carry over to the new system. There may be instances where the number of results returned may be slightly different than expected due to the change in search logic so we recommend that all users review their new results and modify the query, if needed. To expand the number of results returned, you can include an OR operator between multiple term searches.