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Proquest Maintenance Downtime

Proquest will be down for maintenance Sat Oct 30 8pm to Sun Oct 31 8am. The following databases will not be available:

  1. Proquest interface products: ABI/Inform, CBCA Complete, Canadian Research Index, Canadian Newstand, Criminal Justice Periodicals, Hoover’s Company Records and Research Library
  2. Proquest Historical Newspapers: Canada’s Heritage from 1844 (Globe and Mail)
  3. Primary Source database: American Periodicals Series Online, 1740-1900
  4. Proquest CSA products: Criminal Justice Abstracts and PAIS International
  5. Chadwyck-Healey products: Canadian Poetry, Literature Online (LION) and Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  6. RefWorks

Hope this does not cause any inconvenience.

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Open Access Week

What is Open Access?

Open Access is a publishing model in which academic information is published digitally, and freely available on the Internet.  Open Access Week promotes awareness of this new way of publishing scholarly information.

Why is Open Access Important?

Traditionally, government funds universities, which in turn support researchers, researchers write papers for journals, free of charge, and volunteer to sit on journal editorial boards.  Journal publishers then sell the content back to university libraries through subscriptions, meaning that government and universities are paying multiple times for the same research.  Open Access provides access without cost to the user.   As journal costs increase, this accessibility becomes more important for students and researchers.  For more information about the differences, watch this short video:

Open Access 101, from SPARC from Karen Rustad on Vimeo.

Open Access Week Events

A Critical Theory of the Open: A Dialogue Between John Willinsky and Andrew Feenberg (webcast).

  • When: Thursday, October 21 at Noon
  • Where: Library Viewing Room

Reaching the “Tipping Point” In Open Access: Jean-Claude Guedon Discussion

  • When: Wednesday, October 20 at 2:30 PM
  • Where: Escalus Room, MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary

For more information about Open Access, see the Library’s Open Access page.

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