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    Ulrichsweb: Features and Functionality FAQ

    • Product: Ulrichs

    Where can I find more information about Ulrichsweb features and functionality?

    Update Dec. 7, 2013: Added the FAQ "How do I perform online provider title list comparisons?"
    This document contains answers to some common questions about Ulrichsweb features and how it works.
    How does Ulrichsweb differ from the print edition of Ulrich's Periodicals Directory?
    Ulrichsweb contains all of the records in the Ulrich's knowledgebase -- active titles, suspended titles, ceased titles (from 1974), and forthcoming titles. The annual print edition of Ulrichsweb does not. The print edition is limited both by its format and its scope. The print edition does not contain all of the bibliographic data or availability information that is maintained in the Ulrich's knowledgebase or that is available in Ulrichsweb, and it is not updated after its annual publication date. Libraries that want up-to-date serials information should subscribe to Ulrichsweb. Only Ulrichsweb is continuously updated to reflect the most up-to-date information available. In addition to the bibliographic information about each title, Ulrichsweb contains detailed information on electronic vendors, publishers, and abstracting and indexing services, document suppliers, and other companies. There are web-based links to many of those services, to the library's catalog, and to a number of other services that provide serials-related information including Thomson Reuters' JCR Web , Elsevier's ScienceDirect , OCLC WorldCat , and the Copyright Clearance Center. Ulrichsweb is OpenURL-compatible, so the library may set Ulrichsweb up as both the source and target of links to the library's OpenURL resolver or search Ulrichsweb using federated search tools.
    What URL should I use to access the enhanced Ulrichsweb service?
    A new URL (, available in both SSL-secure [https://] and non-secure [http://] protocol) is available for the enhanced Ulrichsweb service. Simply bookmark this URL to begin using the enhanced interface.
    Is access available by user name / password or by IP address?
    Both IP Address access and user name / password access are available. If your institution uses a proxy server or other means to authenticate users, Ulrichsweb can be made accessible to your off-site and remote-access users.
    If I am associated with two Library profiles for Ulrichsweb, how can I switch from one to another?
    To change library profiles, click End Session in the bottom-right side of the page to log out of your current library's session, and then activate a new session in another library profile.
    What types of searching options are available in Ulrichsweb?
    Ulrichsweb offers a number of different options for serials search and discovery. Basic Search, which appears on every Ulrichsweb screen, provides an easy way to find serials by ISSN, keyword, or title. The Advanced Search feature provides tools for easily carrying out complex search queries. Additional information about search functionality is available here.
    How do I perform online provider title list comparisons?
    The Full Text Sources limiter available in Advanced Search is a way to quickly limit results to titles in aggregated databases and other online resources. Sources are indexed as Provider - Database Name, and as you type a provider name, its online resources will auto-populate in a list from which you can make your selection.
    When I do a search using the Basic Search box, what fields of the Ulrich's record are being queried? [added Dec. 2011]
    Fields that are indexed and searchable under the Basic Search are ISSN and all of the title fields, including main titles, historic titles, title abbreviations (for example, MEDLINE abbreviation), language edition titles, parallel titles, and all other title variants.
    Can users link to a local library catalog?
    Yes. Ulrichsweb provides users with options for web-based linking to serials records in their library OPAC, consortia catalog, and other sources. Ulrichsweb also provides OpenURL links to digitized resources and library collections via your institution's link resolver.
    Can I search for journal abbreviations in Ulrichsweb?
    • Use the Search feature.
    • Enter the abbreviation you have, and use the asterisk (*) wildcard at the end of each term in the abbreviation. For example, if you have "Appl. Phy. Rev.", enter the terms as "appl* phy* rev*" (without the quotation marks). Ulrichsweb will stem the search terms using the wildcard symbol and will attempt to find the full title using those terms.
    • For the search in this example, Ulrichsweb returns seven results and one of them is "Applied Physics Reviews," which is most probably the citation you are working with.
    This sort of search can be very useful if you are trying to decipher a citation someone has brought to the Reference Desk or entered into an ILL form.
    If you have your OPAC linked in Ulrichsweb, you can even find out if your library holds this title by clicking on the "Search My Library's Catalog" link on the full record display.
    Are there links to full-text or other content?
    Yes. Ulrichsweb is a source and target of OpenURLs, and can be used with your institution's link resolver to link to and from full-text resources. A number of important mutual-subscriber linking arrangements provide Ulrichsweb users with access to other serials-based services. In addition, Ulrichsweb provides free links to journal tables of contents, article abstracts, Open Access journal full-text, and document delivery services.
    Can we incorporate an OpenURL icon/image into Ulrichsweb for our library's users?
    Yes, it is possible for you library to include an OpenURL icon/image that is familiar to your users. Instructions for how to point to the desired image file are provided on-screen in the Ulrichsweb Administrative Console, where you can set link resolver settings.
    Are there additional linking options for Serials Solutions libraries?
    Yes. Ulrichsweb can be searched using 360 Link or 360 Search. Ulrichsweb also provides "bi-directional linking" with your E-Journal Portal. This feature allows the library's users to link from an Ulrichsweb record to the library's E-Journal Portal list of holdings to find out where the library subscribes to a particular e-resource. The link can be set up in the Ulrichsweb Administration Console. Once this link is enabled, Ulrichsweb users will see a Serials Solutions icon on any record that is covered by Serials Solutions. The same library can request from Serials Solutions that their E-Journal Portal be set up with a "Title details in Ulrichsweb" link. That link lets a user link into the library's Ulrichsweb account to view bibliographic and publisher details about a title in the library's holdings.
    Can I download information from the Ulrichsweb site?
    Yes, there are several options for downloading. Ulrichsweb users may print, email, or download up to 500 full records per session in a variety of formats. Users may also create personalized Lists to save online or share with others.
    Are usage reports supplied?
    Yes, your Ulrichsweb account administrator is able to view and download reports that show how users are accessing your Ulrichsweb account. Usage statistics can be retrieved in the Ulrichsweb Administration Console.
    How often are Alerts sent out?
    The Ulrich's Alert service is run once per month, usually around the 15th of the month. What goes out depends on what you have opted for (New Titles, Title Changes, or Ceased Titles), but all title changes are processed as an Alerts batch once per month. (If there are no new titles in your preferred subject area, you will not get Alerts in that subject in that month.)
    How does the language feature for Ulrichsweb work in a browser with pre-set language settings?
    Ulrichsweb's language localization defaults to the native language of your web browser. This means that if you select a preferred language (for example, Japanese) in your web browser's display preferences, Ulrichsweb will default to that language. You may override your browser's default language setting in Ulrichsweb by using the Select-Language drop-down menu located at the top of all Ulrichsweb pages. The override language setting will remain in place for your current Ulrichsweb session.
    Each time you select an alternate language from the Select-Language drop-down menu, Ulrichsweb will return you to the main Search page.

    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 21-Feb-2014
    • Old Article Number: 8902
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