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E-resources FAQs

1. How can I access the electronic resources of the UV?​

You can access them through Trobes

  • From a computer, connect to the UV network (at the faculty or in the library) with your UV username and password.
  • From your devices connected to EDUROAM.
  • From home by configuring the virtual private network (VPN).

2.-What is Trobes?

Trobes ishe search engine for the libraries of the Universitat de València. It allows you to find resources through a single and simple search, in a similar way to large internet search engines such as Google. 

3.What types of e-resources does the collection of the University of Valencia contain?
Among the electronic resources of the UV we can find collections of e-journals, e-books, databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, e-press, doctoral theses, etc.

4. Is there any paid access resource?
 No,  in our collection we include free access e-resources that seem interesting to us.

5. Can I access the e-resources from home?
 Yes, by configuring the VPN on your computer. Check the instructions.

6. Can I access the e-resources from my laptop?
If you are on campus and your laptop has Wi-Fi, you just have to connect it to the Eduroam network. You can ask at the library counter or consult the help of the Eduroam network.

7. What resources can I access from my phone?
 Some e-resources have versions for smartphones, for example, RefWorks, Emerald, SciVerse or Ebsco databases. You will find information on the page corresponding to each resource. 

8. What can I do with e-resources? It is important that you know the allowed and not allowed uses of the contracted electronic resources. Check the responsible use of resources website.

9. Where can I find the journal Nature?
 Trobes contains all journals (printed and electronic). You can search for them by limiting by type of document "journal". 

10. What journals are available for each subject area?
Use the option "Journals by category" to enclose the journals in a subject area.

11. I have a citation, but the journal title is abbreviated. What is the full title?
 There is a list of abbreviations for science journal titles in the ISSN website. 

12. How can I locate a journal article?
The articles must be searched in Trobes, also in the Dialnet magazine repository, or in the summaries of the journals, or within each of the electronic journals to which the UV subscribes.

13. I cannot access a e-journal that asks for an username and a password. To whom should I request them? 
Some journals require an username and a password. If you're accessing them through the UV network or from a VPN connection, an intermediate screen will appear showing this data.

14. When trying to download a pdf article, there is a warning saying that my institution does not have a subscription, why?
Send an email to revistas@uv.es. We will try to fix it as soon as we can. 

15. Is there any electronic journal in Spanish? 
We have some collections of electronic journals in Spanish, especially in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

16. We are subscribed to the journal Nature, but I cannot download an article from 1982.
The subscription does not cover all issues. You must check the issues that appear in the catalogue. 

17. I want to access an electronic journal from the catalogue, but there are several links. Which one should I use? 
Many times we have electronic access to a journal through different portals. Choose the one that covers the issues you need, or the one you're more familiar with. 

18. How can I keep up with the latest Nature issues?
 Most journal portals offer the possibility to subscribe to alerts for a specific title. Search the help pages and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, write to revistas@uv.es

19. How can I keep up with the latest releases on Environmental Sciences?¿Cómo puedo estar al día de qué se publica sobre la materia Ciencias Medioambientales?
You need tio define your user profile in most journal portals and databases and select the subject area you are interested in, so that you can receive regular alerts by email.

20. We are not subscribed to the journal Nature but a professor has said that it is essential for his subject. To whom should I send a proposal for subscription? 
 Send us your suggestions to revistas@uv.es, so that we know which titles interest students. 

21. How can I locate old digitized UV documents (with full text)?
In the catalog. You just have to do a search and choose the option "Old background" from the drop-down.

22. A lecturer wants us to buy an ebook. Who should we contact? 
As you would do with printed books, you can request it to your library in The Library respons

23. Can I Know the permitted usages for each electronic book collection? 
You can check the possibilities of each collection of e-books in this guide, besides useful information such as access links, subjects or avaible mobile aplications.

24. Are all the ebooks in the catalogue? 
 Trobes contains almost every ebook. Find them in the search engine and filter by "Books" and "Online"

25. What ebook collections are available? 
 You can check our ebook collections in this guide.

26. Can I download a full ebook?
 Each collection has a different download policy. Some collections might allow you to download chapters or pages, while others might allow you to print a limited range of pages. Check the guide.

27. Can I print an ebook chapter?
 It depends on the collection. Some collections might allow you to download chapters or pages. Check the guide.

28. What databases do we have for each subject area? 
 You will find in the catalogue a list to search databases by subject area.

29. I have accessed a database but I don't understand how it works. Who can explaint it to me?
Ask your reference librarian. They will help you with databases. Moreover, there may be a training session for that specific database. Consult the sessions calendar or request a custom made course on a specific resource or topic.

30. The database does not work, what do I do?
Send an email to revistas@uv.es. We will fix the problem as soon as possible.

31. When trying to access a database or electronic journal, I get a message saying that access is limited. Why? 
Some databases only allow a limited number of users to be connected at the same time. It can also happen that someone was connected and did not log off. In these cases, you will have to wait a little: iddle sessions will be disconnected automatically. 

32. I am trying to query a database from home but I cannot access it. What I can do?
To consult electronic resources from outside the University network, you must configure the VPN. If the problem still persists, contact the Computing Service: you have to go to the University of València email http://portal.uv.es and look for the option "incidences-CAU". You also have the possibility of using the service "Computer support for students" (SIA), where they will attend you personally and help you solve the problem.

33. I don't understand how e-resources work, I need someone to explain it to me. Where do I go? 
You can go to the information and reference service in your library.

34. When searching a database, how do I know if the full text of the references that interest me is available?
Go to the Trobes catalogue and search the publications by title to find the titles and collections available 

35. What are OA journals? 
 The journal is part of an open access collection: they are free, but we include them in the catalogue because students may find them useful.

36. How many OA collections are in the catalogue? And how are they distinguished?
We have around 25 open access journal collections, chosen for their academic relevance. They include international journals, like DOAJ, or Spanish journals such as those published by the Complutense University of Madrid. Some address an specific area, such as DML-E : Mathematics Digital Library and others are multidisciplinary, like SciELO.
If a resource is open access, you will see a note stating so in the catalogue register. Some examples: PubMed and REDALyC.

37. I need an article and but the journal does not appear in the University of Valencia's catalogue. What can I do? 
You can go to the interlibrary loan service. It is a paid service offered by the library to borrow books, chapters or journal articles that are not available in the collections. 

38. How can I find the Impact Factor of a journal?
The impact factor (IF) is an indicator of the quality of scientific journals that is used to assess its research activity. You can find it in the JCR (Journal Citation Report). But not all journals have an IF. You can find information and links to the resources for assessing journals quality.

39. How can I know the number of citations received per paper/author? 
In Web of Science (WoS) there is a search option called "Cited reference search" in which you can search by cited author, cited paper or year of citation. But there are also databases that offer information about received citations, such as Scopus, IN-RECS, IN-RECJ, Cite Seek, Cite Base, etc. You can read more information in this link.

40. I found a journal that I want to consult in the Ingenta portal but we do not have access. Why?
The University of Valencia is not subscribed to all full text journal portals. Search the title in which you are interested in the Trobes catalogue, where you can find all the collections to which we are subscribed. 

41. What are thematic guides? They are a selection of information resources organized by subject areas. Here you have a list.