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Proquest/RefWorks down Fri 11pm 8 hours

Submitted by mbelvadi on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:37

Proquest has announced a scheduled downtime for upgrades for Friday, June 14 starting at 11pm Atlantic time and lasting for approximately 8 hours.


This affects the following products:

  • RefWorks (may or may not affect our ScholarsPortal version of this, be prepared either way)
  • CBCA database
  • PAIS database
  • Philosopher's Index database
  • ASFA (Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts) database
  • Globe & Mail historical newspaper backfile database

Atlantic/PEI Book Awards

Submitted by slloyd on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 00:09

The UPEI Library is pleased to welcome the Atlantic Book Awards to PEI for the first time. The Awards will be presented in a joint ceremony with the PEI Book Awards on Wednesday, May 21st, at 7 PM. Matt Rainnie of CBC Charlottetown will emcee, and we're looking forward to a great evening. For event details and gala tickets, visit: www.atlanticbookawards.ca.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Welcome Kindreds!

Submitted by slloyd on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:57

The 11th Biennial International Conference on LM Montgomery is now underway!

  • Displays of treasures from the LM Montgomery Insitute/UPEI Library Montgomery research collections are available for viewing on the Library Upper Level.
  • The Library is delighted to be hosting a special reception for Conference-goers, Honouring Our Donors, in the displays area on Saturday, June 28th, from 5 PM - 6:15 PM (doors open at 4:30). 
  • In addition to its normal hours of operation, the University Archives & Special Collections will open 8 AM - 5 PM on Friday, June 28th; we will also be open on Sunday, June 29th, from 1 PM - 8 PM

Please visit the Conference website  and check out #LMMI14 on Twitter for more information and updates.



Trial:Applied Sci&Tech Source

Submitted by mbelvadi on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 12:05

From now thru July 8, 2014 the Library has a free trial for the EBSCOHost database:

Applied Science & Technology Source

This database is a combination of the "abstract & indexing" citation information from the Applied Science & Technology index merged with full text of over 1,300 journals among those indexed.


Title list for indexing and full text:  PDF format    Excel format  HTML format


If you have any questions about this trial, or product, contact Melissa Belvadi, Collections Librarian, 566-0581, mbelvadi@upei.ca .

This Sunday - Hours Change!

Submitted by sjones on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:47


Due to a planned power outage on campus, the Library will tentatively open this Sunday at Noon -- or later, depending on when the power outage is over.  

Its closing time (11 p.m.) will remain the same. 

Trial: CRCNetBase for Engineering

Submitted by mbelvadi on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:59

We have a free trial from today through June 17, 2014 for the following:


ENGnetBASE Collection (6 co-disciplines):
o   CivilEngineeringnetBASE
o   ElectricalEngineeringnetBASE
o   MechanicalEngineeringnetBASE

BIOSCIENCEnetBASE (2 co-disciplines)




Extended Hours Mar. 31-May 2

Submitted by cmckenna on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:00

Robertson Library will be open extended hours during the exam period. The Library hours from Monday, March 31 to Friday, May 2 are as follows:

  • Monday - Friday -- 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday -- 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Please Note:  Easter Weekend Hours (April 18 - April 21)

  • Good Friday -- 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday -- 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Easter Sunday -- 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Easter Monday -- 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Good luck with your exams!

Vernal Equinox - Why today?

Submitted by mbelvadi on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:25

Today, March 20, 2014, is the Vernal Equinox.

Here is an explanation from Environment Canada staff regarding what that means, and why the Charlottetown sunrise/sunset data appears to violate that definition.

An equinox in astronomy is the event when the sun can be observed to be directly above the Earth's equator, occurring around March 20 and September 22 each year. More technically, the equinox happens when the sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator and ecliptic intersect. In a wider sense, the equinoxes are the two days each year when the center of the Sun spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth.

     This being said, the reason why the sunrise and sunset times show that the day is longer than the night on the date the equinox happens is due to the way sunrise and sunset times are calculated.  Sunrise is the time when the upper edge of the sun becomes visible and sunset is the time when the upper edge of the sun disappears below the horizon.  The time it takes for the sun to disappear completely below the horizon in the evening accounts for the fact that there is more than 12 hours of daylight on the day equinox.

Bernard Duguay
Meteorological Inquiry Specialist
MSC National Inquiry Response Team ISO 9001:2008
Environment Canada

Open Islander Day noon-10pm

Submitted by cmckenna on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:31

Robertson Library will be open 12:00 noon - 10:00 pm on Islander Day, Monday, February 17th.

Happy Islander Day!

Nature/ReadCube online trial

Submitted by mbelvadi on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:16
What is ReadCube?
It is a special document-delivery service between the ReadCube company and the Nature Publishing Group (NPG). 
We don't get Nature online (just in print) or many of the other Nature journal titles in any format because they are too expensive.
This product allows us to provide web-read-only access to Nature articles (as well as the rest of NPG's journals) for just $4 per article read (the Library would pay this).
The idea is that if you want to read a Nature article right now, you can, and if you want a copy of the article to keep, use the Interlibrary Loan service as usual to get a permanent copy (or just photocopy from our Nature print subscription).
We're conducting a 30-day free trial to see what our patrons think of it and whether the experience of reading it on the screen (no print or download) right away, in combination with using ILL to get a copy you can keep is worth the cost.
How it works:
On campus, just go to nature.com
Off campus, use the proxied link to Nature
Find a research article in the current or a recent issue (the actual journal, not just "news" around the site). Click on the PDF link. You'll be able to read the first page for free and then when you scroll to the second page, you'll get a popup inviting you to create/use an account.  Create an account to use this service.
Then you can choose a little square button to "rent" the article for 48 hours.
Again, during the free trial, this is free.
Please send your feedback about this service to mbelvadi@upei.ca
Melissa Belvadi
Collections Librarian
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