New Library E-Resource: Very Short Introductions

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 10:15am

Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory. Titles in this collection provide scholarly overviews to a large range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.  This resource is limited to 1 simultaneous user.

New Ebook Collection: Canadian Electronic Library Books

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 2:15pm

The Library has upgraded its subscription to the Canadian Electronic Library (CEL) to include access to CEL’s Canadian Books Collection.  The Canadian Books collection provides access to nearly 19,000, predominately non-fiction, ebooks sourced from a variety of academic and other Canadian presses such as the University of Toronto Press, Fernwood Publishing, and Dundurn Press.  The Books collection is licensed for single user (1SU) access and is cross-searchable along with the Library’s existing subscription to CEL’s public policy and health collection.

Library E-Resource Cancellation: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 6:00pm

The database Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale platform) was not renewed by the Library.  OCADU community access to this resource expires on July 1, 2019.

New E-Resource: Criterion On Demand

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 5:15pm

The Library has re-subscribed to Criterion on Demand  a streaming video platform that provides access to a growing library of more than 4,000 feature films including classics, foreign films, new releases and documentaries. The collection comprises films from a number of leading production companies such as 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, as well as smaller independent producers such as Mongrel Media.  This collection is licensed for personal research or educational/instructional classroom use only, and films may not be screened for other purposes.

E-Resource Cancellations: AnthroSource, AdForum, Cambridge Journals Online & Others

Friday, October 6, 2017

In addition to the previously announced e-resource cancellations (June – September), the Library will be cancelling six more subscriptions through the remainder of the fiscal year in conformance with the institutional budgetary Remedial Action Plan.  Descriptions of these resources, alternative resources and subscription end dates are described below.


Description:  AdForum provides access to global advertising industry news, agency profiles and advertising campaigns. Partnered with leading trade presses, professional associations, and industry award shows, AdForum gathers information on more than 20,000 agencies and 150,000 campaigns in a variety of media including television, print, and radio advertisements.

Alternative Resources:  The central value of the Adforum subscription is the ad campaigns and industry directories (e.g. of production companies and advertising agencies) are collected and organized in one easily searched site.   Much of the content, including web-based and video ad campaigns can be freely viewed online and discovered through standard web search engines.

Subscription End Date:  January 2018


Description: AnthroSource is a searchable electronic archive of all journals, bulletins, and newsletters published by the American Anthropological Association with backfile coverage to volume 1 issue 1 of each title.  More than 250,000 full-text articles are available within this resource from sixty current and ceased AAA publications.

Alternative Resources:  The Library’s Wiley journal licence provides access to all Wiley journals from 1997 onward, including AAA publications.  With the cancellation of AnthroSource most backfile coverage, and access to some AAA publications, will no longer be available.  Backfile coverage for nine AAA journals remains available through the Library’s JSTOR subscription.

Subscription End Date:  January 2018

Cambridge Journals Online

Description:  Cambridge University Press’ slate of 376 peer-reviewed journals covering all subject areas with article coverage from 1997 - present.

Alternative Resources:    Some of the Cambridge journals content will continue to be available through library subscribed aggregator databases such as Academic OneFile and ProQuest Art, Design and Architecture Collection.  Content from the years the library participated in the Cambridge licence agreement (2008 – 2017) will remain available on Scholars Portal Journals.  Approximately 100 titles are also available in JSTOR with 3 – 5 year embargo periods.

Subscription End Date:  January 2018

Film & Television Literature Full-Text (FTL)

Description:  Film & Television Literature Full-Text provides access to more than 170 journal and popular magazine titles primarily relevant to film studies.

Alternative Resources:   46% of the titles in FTL are also available in other subscribed databases. Currently subscribed resources that contain the highest proportion of the same journal and magazine content include Art & Architecture Source and Taylor & Francis with 30 FTL titles in each.   Using Summon is recommended to search titles that remain within the Library’s collection.   

Subscription End Date:  March 2018

IEEE All Society Periodicals

Description:  Provides access to the core IEEE collection of 160+ technology journals and magazines including access to the highest impact journals in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Science, Hardware & Architecture, Information Systems and Artificial Intelligence.   Journal coverage is from 2005 to present.

Alternative Resources:   97% of the titles in IEEE are unique to this collection; however, individual articles may be requested by faculty, students and staff after the cancellation date using the Library’s Interlibrary Loan Service.   ACM Digital Library also provides access to numerous journals, magazines and conference proceedings in some of the same subject areas as IEEE, including computing and information technology.

Subscription End Date:  April 2018

New E-Resource: Frontier Life:  Borderlands, Settlements & Colonial Encounters

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 1:45pm

Frontier Life:  Borderlands, Settlements & Colonial Encounters

Institutions across Canada can now benefit from full access to Frontier Life: Borderlands Settlement and Colonial Encounters, a digital collection of primary sources offering a glimpse into Canada’s unique historic past.  Consortia Canada, Adam Matthew and 18 leading academic institutions have collaborated to open this essential content to libraries and educational institutions nationwide.  For further details read the full press release

This collection of primary source materials has been developed in cooperation with sixteen archives and libraries from around the world and provides access to more than 240,000 images and 8,000 documents from the mid-17th to the early 20th century.   Frontier Life documents the experiences of people living in the colonial frontiers of North American, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.  Indigenous peoples and their encounters with European settlers and their descendants are central themes within the collection which is organized by sub-collections such as Trade & Commerce, Religion, Children & Family, and Warfare & Military History.  70% of the collection is North American, with approximately 20% specific to Canada; including content from Canadian memory institutions such as the Glenbow Museum, Hudson Bay Archives, and Archives of Manitoba. 

E-Resource Cancellation: Criterion on Demand

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:15pm

Criterion on Demand (CoD) is a streaming video platform that provides access to a growing library of more than 1500 feature films; including classics, foreign films, new releases and documentaries.

Alternative Resources:  Some of the films in CoD will remain available in physical formats held within the library.  Alternate educational and documentary streaming films are available through both Kanopy and Films on Demand subscriptions.  

Subscription End Date:  Criterion on Demand will no longer be available to the OCADU community as of October  2017.


Library E-Resource Cancellation:  Art Museum Image Gallery (AMIG)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:30am

E-Resource Cancellation:  Art Museum Image Gallery (AMIG) provides access to more than 130,000 images of artworks from distinguished museums around the globe.  
Alternative Resources:  Artstor offers more than two million images from more than 250+ museum collections.  The image quality, collection scope and size and search functionality in Artstor is superior; however some image content unique to AMIG will be lost with the cancellation. 
Subscription End Date:  AMIG will no longer be available to the OCADU community as of August  2017.


Library E-Resource Cancellation:  Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 2:15pm

Oxford Islamic Studies Online (OISO) provides access more than 5,000 reference and biographical entries, chapters from scholarly introductory works on Islam as well as images, maps and timelines.  The Library will be ending its subscription to OISO as of July 1, 2017. 

Non-Renewal Decision:   Usage of this resource has remained extremely low over the past several years, with typical usage below 30 chapter or reference entry views per year.  

Alternative Resources:   Credo Reference provides numerous reference texts on world religions, including several on Islam.  There are also dozens of titles available within the library searchable by the subject heading of Islam, including numerous scholarly introductory texts.  

Subscription End-Date:  July 2017.

Library E-Resource Cancellations

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 4:45pm

Due to budget reductions the Library is cancelling several subscriptions to academic databases in the months of June and July.  These cancellations include EBSCO Academic Search Premier & Masterfile, Textile Technology Complete, and Literature Criticism Online (LCO).   These resources were selected for discontinuation based upon their decreasing and/or low usage and content overlap with other currently subscribed e-resources.

Descriptions of each of these resources, rationale for cancellation, suggested alternatives, and subscription termination dates are outlined below.  The budgetary reduction comes at a particularly difficult time as the poor CAD/USD exchange rate continues to strain the collections budget.

Academic Search Premier & Masterfile

Description:  Academic Search Premier with Masterfile is a general, multidisciplinary database that provides access to more than 3,200 full-text journals and magazines in all subject areas; including approximately 1,300 active titles without embargoes (i.e. most recent issues/articles are available for these titles). 

Non-Renewal Decision:   Usage of Academic Search Premier has declined dramatically since the introduction of the Library’s unified search tool Summon in 2013, while the subscription cost has risen 38% over this same period.  Article views have dropped by 75% from a high of 17,172 in 2013/14 to 4,562 in 2015/16.  Summon fulfills largely the same role as a “starter” or general database, allowing users to search and access a broad range of journal, magazine and other content across all subject areas.  Journal and magazine coverage within this database is highly duplicative of content the library subscribes to though other publishers /aggregators.  An overlap analysis of Academic Search Premier revealed that 62% of journal/magazine content is either fully or partially available within other subscribed databases and more than 80% of articles from moderate to high use journal titles (i.e. 20+ article views over the past two years) are readily available in other databases.  

Alternative Resources:   Summon is the best alternative resource to Academic Search Premier as it provides access to the majority of content (contained within other subscribed databases) that was previously accessible in Academic Search Premier and provides similarly broad subject coverage. 

Subscription End-Date:  June 2017.

Textile Technology Complete

Description:  Textile Technology Complete provides access to periodicals, books and technical and trade literature covering the scientific and technological aspects of textile production and processing.

Non-Renewal Decision:  Subject matter coverage of Textile Technology Complete, such as chemical engineering, does not align with OCAD teaching and research needs as evidenced by very low-usage over the past several years.  Additionally, much of the more relevant journal content is available through a variety of other library subscribed resources such as Business Source Complete.    

Alternative Resources:   Summon is the best alternative resource to Textile Technology Complete as it provides access to much  of same journal content through a variety of subscribed e-resources.

Subscription End-Date: July 2017.

Literature Criticism Online

Description:  Literature Criticism Online (LCO) includes excerpted and full reproductions of biographies, reviews, and critical essay’s on authors and their works from the 600+ volume print series of Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism and Contemporary Literary Criticism. LCO provides key information on more than 4,200 novelists, poets, playwrights, or other creative and nonfiction writers and their works from 1900 - present.

Non-Renewal Decision:  Literature Criticism Online was subscribed to several years ago as an extended trial, pending review of usage which has since been determined to be quite low as compared to other similar subscription reference e-resources.   Much of the literature criticism excerpted within LCO is taken from journal literature OCAD users already have access to in databases such as JSTOR, Literature Resource Center and Project MUSE.  Although there is no way to perform a full overlap analysis of this resource, as LCO often reproduces individual journal articles  on authors and their works, and not full journal titles, a sample of content checked against the Library’s holdings suggest a high degree of overlap with current journal coverage.  Unique content lost in the cancellation includes some of the original author biographies as well as essays reproduced from anthologies not held by the library. 

Alternative Resources:  Literature Resource Center includes much of the content contained within Literature Criticism Online including some of the original author biographies, topic and work overviews contained within LCO.

Subscription End-Date: July 2017.