Changes to e-resource access: Classic Catalogue, eResearch Gateway, Google Scholar


Today (June 9) we implemented a number of changes that affect how the Library’s e-resources are accessed by the McGill Community.

E-resources have been removed from the Classic Catalogue

E-resources, such as e-journals, e-books, and databases, have been removed from the Classic Catalogue. You can continue to access all of our e-resources through WorldCat.

WorldCat allows the Library to make our full collection of e-resources available with far greater efficiency and reliability than what was possible with the Classic Catalogue.

Note: Some free online journal collections that were previously available through the Classic Catalogue, including some foreign language titles, are still being reviewed to add to WorldCat Local. These free titles are of course still available through Google, Bing, and other public search engines.

Here are a few more details on how this change will impact the Classic Catalogue and its various sub-catalogues:

  • The following sub-catalogues related to e-resources will be removed: e-books, e-journals, e-resources, open access resources
  • E-resources will be removed from the following sub-catalogues: full, audio-visual and journal titles
  • The McGill Theses sub-catalogue will not be affected by this change, and will still contain both print and electronic materials.
  • eExams will not be affected by this change, and will continue to be available as they were before.
  • Course Reserves will still display e-resources on reserve for McGill courses.

If you run into any issues accessing e-resources, send us a message at collections [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca. Please include as much detail as possible to help us track down the problem.

eResearch Gateway has been retired

The eResearch Gateway provided alternate ways of searching for articles, databases, and other electronic resources. This functionality is now provided for the most part by WorldCat and the Library's subject guides.

Changes to Google Scholar settings to find McGill e-resources

We’ve migrated our link resolver service to OCLC's WorldCat Link Resolver service. A link resolver helps you to locate a copy of articles that you find in WorldCat, in databases, or in Google Scholar.

If you use Google Scholar to search for articles, you will need to update your settings to use the new WorldCat Link Resolver to access articles that are available through the Library.


If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please let us know web [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca.