off-campus access

RefWorks LogoThe good folks at RefWorks have notified us that :  “As of December 9th, 2013 RefWorks users will no longer be required to enter a group code when logging in to their RefWorks account(s) off-campus or outside of their institutional IP range.”

Current users should not really encounter any difference regarding this change…except that when you click on ourRefworks  access link from home ( you will encounter one-less-screen before getting to your beloved citations, Hooray!

NOTE: If, in your enthusing about RefWorks, you encourage a friend or colleague to get an account, please note the  those patrons who do not yet have a RefWorks account must be on-campus or using VPN  to create the account …that’s the only big change in the game.   If your biblio-colleagues are not due back on campus for a while, just have them email and we will create their accounts for them.  Once an account is created, anyone can access his/her account from the far corners of the internet-connected planet.

Of course, there are still cases where all users will still need to use the group code:  (1)Using GoogleScholar from off-campus and (2)Using WNC III or earlier versions of WNC.  RefWorks has indicated that when WNC4 comes out, it will not require Group Code either.

For any other questions or updates about RefWorks, please consult our RefWorks Guide:



EBSCOhost recently launched a mobile app for Android and iPhone, making it much easier to find and read articles on those devices. The app is fairly intuitive, and reproduces many of the features of the regular version, including saving and e-mailing articles, and limiting to a specific journal or date range. By default, the app searches all of EBSCOhost’s databases simultaneously, so users who are looking for information from a specific discipline may want to limit their search to a specific database, a list of which may be found by clicking on settings, at the bottom of the page.

Users should be aware that the EBSCOhost app does not use natural language, meaning you will not retrieve useful search results if you simply enter a string of search terms. For example,

mitt romney south carolina retrieved only 42 articles

mitt romney and south Carolina retrieved 711 articles

There are a couple of minor flaws in this app – the autocomplete feature under settings does not seem to work, for example. Neither does the button for re-sorting search results by publication date.

Nonetheless, the EBSCOhost app is a welcome development, and is far preferable to using the regular version of EBSCO on your smart phone.

To install the EBSCOhost app on your Android or iPhone, go to any EBSCO database through the SJ Libraries home page, such as

Academic Search Premier

Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click New! EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications. This will prompt you for your e-mail address, to which EBSCO will send a key and instructions for downloading the EBSCOhost app.

As mentioned in a previous August post, RefWorks has a new interface as of 2012…RefWorks 2.0.

Current users may notice some changes in layout, and some improvements in functionality;  find out what’s different/new.

New users can get a Preview of what RefWorks 2.0 can do for you as a citation manager.

Want to learn more about RefWorks on your own? RefWorks webinars and tutorials can get you going; our RefWorks LibGuide can also help answer questions.

If you prefer to learn in person,with a librarian, stop by an StJ Libraries Workshop or make an appointment with your librarian.

If you are looking to get a little research done over the break, please check your campus library’s Hours of operation!

Please also note a recent revision to the Queens library schedule for Easter Break. The last day of on-campus service at the Queens Library, prior to the break, is Wed March 31.  The St. Augustine Library building will be open and staffed until 11pm. Overnight hours (on the first floor only) will be 11:00pm – 6:00 am, and the first floor will be cleared at 6 am on Thursday April 1. (no foolin’!)

EASTER BREAK library hours:
On Thursday, April 1, the Queens St. Augustine Library will be CLOSED due to repair work. The building will remain closed from Fri 4/2 – 4/4. The library building opens, and services will resume again, on April 5, (Easter Monday), from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Extended first-floor hours also resume on Monday, April 5th at 6pm.

Of course, our NetLibrary ebooks, electronic databases and resources by subject are accessible, on and off-campus  24/7.   You can also take advantage of the AskUs service for help from a librarian via chat and email!

Following up on the entry about the RefWorks troubleshooting guide, the most common problem users have with Write-n-Cite is that when they try to use it off-campus, they are prompted for the group code.  This generally is solved by completing the downloading process (found on the  WNC tab of the RefWorks Guide). — This second step sets up our Library proxy link on your computer, so you shouldn’t need a group code — on or off-campus. 








Picture indicating the steps for adding the proxy Link for the StJ laptop. Note that MAC instructions differ and are listed on the WNC tab of the RefWorks Guide

unlock1While LIBlog has discussed the role of Scholarly Repositiories and Open Access publishing before, we also know that some courses still need to rely on textbooks and journals to provide timely information for students.  Because textbook prices remain prohibitively expensive for some students,  the libraries continue to partner with faculty and the book store to  suggest ways of supplying salient course materials at low- or no-additional-costs to students.  E-reserves and deep-linking* to articles in a coursepage allow a student to have access to both open-access and proprietary-database articles, as well as subscription e-books.  Our recent switch to LibGuides also allows us to work with indivdual faculty members to create a “resources by subject” page at the individual course level.  If you are interested in finding more about deep-linking, finding public domain and open access resources, or would like to work with a librarian to create a dynamic course resource page, ask your subject specialist or email one of our Instructional Services Librarians.  If you are interested in working with the libraries to propose a plan for lower-cost print texts or e-text-books , please contact our Outreach Librarian.

For more about Open Resources, check out the mini-course developed by Judy Baker, covering open access courseware systems as well as copyright, public domain texts, primary resources, etc.

Baker, J. (2007, May 5). Introduction to Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from the Connexions Web site:

* Deep-linking offers direct access to a database article by adding the libraries’ proxy-prefix ( at the very start of the PURL or at the start of the URL in the address box.

Whether you are studying abroad in Salamanca, or studying from home during the Spring break, please keep in mind that the library has a growing collection of e-books, that make off-campus access to book research a little easier. You can search our e-book collection using the provider interface at NetLibrary, or from within the Library Catalog interface. Within our catalog, choose the “Advanced Search” tab and enter your chosen search in the top field/s, but add “NetLibrary” as a keyword search as well. Click here for a demonstration. (Note: Searching via our catalog will allow you to export your references into RefWorks).