Science E-resource Problems/Fixes

Access to AIP journals has been restored

Access to AIP journals sporadic

The problem has been reported and we hope to have a fix as soon as possible.  In the meantime, if you need an article, please email Barbara Kern at


OLD_BLAST Parameter to be Discontinued September 10, 2012

OLD_BLAST parameter is to be discontinued by NCBI. Alternative NCBI BLAST parsable formats are available at NCBI. For information on parsable formats, please see and the links on that page. The standard BLAST report is a human readable format that is subject to change with little or no notice.  In order to facilitate coming enhancements to the BLAST report, it is necessary to discontinue support for the OLD_BLAST URL parameter.  The OLD_BLAST parameter is currently used by a very small fraction of interactive users and results in an older version of the BLAST report (in HTML).  The BLAST web pages will simply ignore the OLD_BLAST parameter starting September 10, 2012.  If you have any questions or would like more information on BLAST please contact the Crerar reference department.

AccessMedicine temporarily inaccessible

The problem has been reported and we hope to have access restored as soon as possible.

PubMed problem resolved

The problem searching PubMed via the proxy has been resolved.  If you continue to experience problems, please report them here.

Problems searching PubMed

Using PubMed through the proxy server is currently causing searches to fail (i.e. you click the Search button and nothing happens).  The National Library of Medicine is aware of the problem and working on a fix.  In the meantime, there are two workarounds:

1. Use the standard PubMed address:  This disables the Find It button, which links citations to full text.

2. Use the UChicago-specific PubMed address and:
   –First, select the Advanced link (directly below search box).
   –Run your search.

If you have already tried to do a search before selecting Advanced, close PubMed, re-open it, select Advanced, and then run your search.

Problems saving ScienceDirect PDFs

There is a known compatibility issue with Elsevier’s ScienceDirect and Adobe X that prohibits easily saving PDF files. The workaround is to right-click on the PDF link and select the Save As option:

  • Internet Explorer – Save Target As
  • Firefox – Save Link As

More information can be found on Elsevier’s website.

Access to Astronomy and Astrophysics has been restored

Astronomy and Astrophysics temporarily inaccessible

The 2009-2011 issues of Astronomy and Astrophysics are temporarily inaccessible.  We are working on a fix and access should be restored shortly.

ACS journal access restored

We are pleased to report that access to ACS journals has been restored.  The problems that many experienced yesterday (and were felt by institutions throughout the US) were fixed by ACS.