Monday, 14 November 2011

Having trouble accessing ejournal@cambridge via Lapwing? Use eduroam.

I've discovered that it isn't possible to download articles from journals via ejournals@cambridge at from your laptop using the Lapwing wireless network. 

It's all to do with proxy server settings here at the university, apparently. The solution is to use the eduroam wireless network instead of Lapwing.

Eduroam is (according to eduroam 'the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. Eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop'.

Undergraduates may think that they wouldn't need to know about this, and I don't think it has really been advertised to them much, but actually it's quite a stable wireless network available in many departments and colleges in the university (including the Department of Zoology), that they may find easier to use than Lapwing.

Potential eduroam users need to do a bit of simple configuration on their laptop before leaving Cambridge to travel to the academic institution they will be visiting - and this is what any student or academic / research staff member can do to be able to just use eduroam in and around the University of Cambridge. For instructions, and to find out which institutions participate in eduroam nationally and worldwide, see the University Computing Service website at: 

Can I use eduroam to access the wifi newtwork from my smartphone?

Yes, you can configure your smartphone to use the eduroam wireless network. See the University Computing Service mobile devices website for instructions on how to do this for your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, Android, Nokia, Windows mobile, or Blackberry phones: 

What is ejournals@cambridge and why should I use it rather than Google?

ejournals@cambridge is the University Library's official alphabetical list of all the online journals that it subscribes to.

Most of the time, using a machine on the network or on on your laptop, you will be able to simply do a search on Google or Google Scholar for a journal article and then download the full text. However sometimes, having found a link to the article, you may be asked for a password or payment to be permitted to download the full text, even though the journal is subscribed to by the University. ejournals@cambridge gives you the definitive details of what full text coverage is subscribed to, and gives you the links to the full text of it.

So, next time Google says 'no', try ejournals@cambridge!