Thursday, December 18, 2008

Library Hours for Intersession and Holidays 2008

Dec. 18th, Thurs –
Dec. 19th, Fri
9:00am - 6:00pm
Dec. 20th, Sat –
Jan. 4th, Sun
Closed for Winter Break
Jan. 5th, Mon –
Jan. 9th, Fri
9:00am - 6:00pm
Jan. 10th, Sat – Jan.12th, SunLibrary is Closed
First Day of Class:
Jan. 12th, Mon8am - 2am (Regular Hours Resume)

Brief Downtime - Ebrary on Dec. 19th

Ebrary will be performing system maintenance on Thursday, December 11 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM US Central Standard Time. While the database provider will attempt to minimize user impact, the ebrary service may be unavailable at times during this period. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Need a Back Up? Flash Drives Are Available at the Library

Do you need a place to put your files, but you forgot your flash drive? Is your flash drive broken and you need a back up? Is the Campus Technology store closed, but you still need a temporary place to store that final project for class? Fret not! 32 megabyte flash drives are available for check out at the Circulation Desk for 21 days. For more information, ask at the Reference, Information, or Circulation Desk.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Scheduled Downtime: Ulrichsweb Database on Dec. 5th

The Ulrichsweb database, the journal directory that confirms whether a periodical (magazine or journal) is academic/peer-reviewed or not, will be down for maintenance this Friday, Dec. 5th, from 8pm to 10pm. We appreciate your patience while these important updates are applied.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Library Hours During the Thanksgiving Holiday

We would like to inform our patrons that the library's services and building hours will be curtailed during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Library building hours:
Nov. 26th, Wed8am to Midnight
Nov. 27th, ThurClosed
Nov. 28th, FriClosed
Nov. 29th, SatClosed
Nov. 30th, Sun1pm to 2am

Ask a UT System Librarian- Live Chat will also change during the holiday:
Wednesday, November 26th : noon-6pm
No service Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sunday, November 30th : 6-12pm

We hope that you have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Service Disruption - Maik Nauka E-Journals

The library currently has no access to any content past the first issue of 2008 for these Maik Nauka e-journal titles on Springerlink:

  • Acoustical Physics
  • Astronomy Letters
  • Astronomy Reports
  • Crystallography Reports
  • Doklady Physics
  • JETP Letters
  • Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics
  • Optics and Spectroscopy
  • Physics of Atomic Nuclei
  • Plasma Physics Reports
  • Technical Physics Letters

We will notify our users once service is restored and thank our users for their patience.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Service Disruption - Project Euclid Titles

We are currently being denied access to the current content for the following titles on Project Euclid. All of our other Euclid titles are working as normal.

· Annals of Applied Probability
· Annals of Applied Statistics
· Annals of Probability
· Statistical Science

We are working hard to restore access to the current content of these titles as soon as possible.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Service Disruption: EBSCO Databases Down Nov. 7th

Due to scheduled maintenance on EBSCO's internet servers, all EBSCO databases will be unavailable on Friday, 7 November 2008 from 10:00-10:30PM. The following is a partial list of databases that will be affected:
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Agricola
  • Alt HealthWatch
  • America: History and Life
  • Art Abstracts
  • Art Index Retrospective
  • Book Review Digest
  • Business Source Complete
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
  • Computer Source
  • EconLit
  • Education Research Complete
  • Essay & General Lit. Index
  • Gen. Science Abstracts
  • GeoRef
  • Health Source databases
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Humanitics Abstracts and International Index
  • MedLine
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Professional Development Collection
  • PsycBooks
  • PsychInfo
  • Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Social Sciences Abstracts
  • and any of the EBSCO-based POWERSEARCHES

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Collection Release: Pattern in Islamic Art

Now featured in ARTstor is the newly added collection by David Wade, Pattern in Islamic Art. David Wade has partnered with ARTstor to distribute approximately 1,500 images of Islamic art. These images illustrate patterns and designs found throughout the Islamic world, from the Middle East and Europe to Central and South Asia.

To access the collection, go to ARTstor's "Browse" feature -> "View by Collection" -> "David Wade: Pattern in Islamic Art."

Monday, October 06, 2008

McDermott Library Tours in October

Join us for a tour of McDermott Library with a knowledgeable staff member.
Learn about the history, resources, and services on each floor.
Library staff will conduct a 30-40 minute tour of the library.
Register for a tour today!

Tuesday, 10/7 3:00pm

Wednesday, 10/8 2:00pm

Monday, 10/13 2:00pm

Tuesday, 10/14 1:00pm

Wednesday, 10/22 1:00pm German Language Tour

Thursday, 10/23 12:00 noon Spanish Language Tour

Friday, 10/24 4:00pm Russian Language Tour

Monday, 10/27 10:00am

Wednesday, 10/29 5:00pm

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Leisure Reading Is Back!

It's time to rejoice, library lovers and leisure readers! The library has officially re-instated its Leisure Reading Collection. It contains many of the kinds of best seller fiction and nonfiction books you expect to find reported in the New York Times Best Sellers and Publisher's Weekly Fiction and Nonfiction Best Sellers lists. Books can be found in the library catalog by clicking on the "Narrow My Search" button first, selecting "Leisure Books" under the Collection box, and then conducting your search by author, title, or keyword. Leisure Reading books are located in the back right corner of the second floor (main floor of the library), surrounding the fire exit, next to the Library Instruction Room. Come check one out today!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

eJournal Glitches

We are experiencing difficulties with some of our ejournals. If the link to one of our ejournals doesn't work or if some of the ejournal content is missing, please call the Reference desk at 972-883-2643. We'll check to see if there are any possible alternatives (paper copy, microfilm, another ejournal package, etc.) to recommend. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Free Download of the Week

Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48
The Classical Music Library download of the week is back after a brief hiatus. This week’s free download is Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Simonov, conductor. More information about this piece is available on our music blog.Classical Music Library is part of Music Online, an integrated collection of listening and reference resources. Learn more about all of our music collections, including Opera in Video and Dance in Video. Stay informed of the latest in music from Alexander Street Press with the new headline animator. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed in the reader of your choice.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Rejoice, Literature Fans! Proquest Learning:Literature Is Here!

Proquest Learning: Literature is the newest addition to the library’s databases on literature and literary criticism. While it has been designed for secondary school teachers, anyone interested in novels, short stories, plays and poems will find this online resource of immense interest. PL: Literature does not limit itself just to the full-text reproductions of these many kinds of literature. Researchers can also find biographical data on authors; criticism of literary works; reference works in the form of literary encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauri; and a handy citation guide. Last but not least, PL: Literature offers a wide array of multimedia options for the inquisitive researcher: images of authors, video clips of literary performances, and audio clips of works being read. Check it out today!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Downtime Expected for PHYSICSnetBASE - Aug 8th

Server maintenance is required on the PHYSICSnetBASE database by CRC Press. It will take place on Friday, August 8th, from 3:30PM to 9:00PM. The database and any of its e-books to which the library catalog links will be unavailable during this period. We thank our patrons for their patience and understanding.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Scopus & ScienceDirect Downtime This Weekend, Aug. 2 - 3

From 04:30AM on Saturday August 2, to 012:30AM on Sunday August 3 , ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to an upgrade of the administrative system that will improve the access and entitlements process to both platforms. We appreciate your patience as these important upgrades are applied.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Status of Electronic Resources During Power Outage, July 27th

With the planned power outage on Sunday, July 27th, the servers for remote electronic resource access will be taken down. Therefore, patrons will be unable to access the library's e-journals, e-books, and databases during this time. If all goes well with the campus power maintenance, we expect to have electronic access restored by 10PM that evening. However, restoration of service could be as late as early Monday morning, July 28th. We appreciate our patrons' understanding and patience while the university performs this crucial maintenance.

Monday, July 21, 2008

EBL Service Disruption July 23rd/24th

EBL (EBook Library) will be unavailable for 30 minutes starting at midnight on the night of July 23rd/morning of July 24th for maintenance.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

ProQuest Downtime July 26th Through 27th

ProQuest databases will be down from 9:00PM on 7/26 (Saturday) to 9:00AM 7/27 (Sunday) for maintenance. For our users, this downtime will mean an interruption in access to the historical editions of New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal as well as to Dissertations and Theses: Full Text.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Reserves Request Form Temporarily Unavailable

The Faculty Reserve Request form continues to be down for maintenance. If faculty wish to place any items on Course Reserves, they may do so by contacting Mary Jo Venetis at Please observe the rules for placing print and electronic items on reserve on the Course Reserves page before placing your request(s). We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have the online request form working soon.

Faculty Reserves Request Form Temporarily Unavailable----Again.

We're still working on the Faculty Reserves Form. It is unavailable right now, but we hope to have it up and running very soon so we can all begin to work on Fall reserves. We'll let you know the minute it's back on line. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Wiley Interscience Ejournals Down

The Wiley Interscience ejournals service is experiencing technical difficulties. Access to their ejournals via the link in this message, the links in the library catalog, and the links on the ejournals list is currently unavailable. We will post as soon as service is restored.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Power Outage to Affect Library Services on Sunday, June 29

Due to a planned power outage at UTD, the Library Catalog, eJournals, eBooks, and Databases will be unavailable Sunday, June 29, from 9am until approximately 5pm. They will be available as soon as power is restored. The Library building will be open from 5pm until Midnight.

Blackwell Journals Moving to Wiley Interscience - Scheduled Downtime

The Blackwell Synergy e-journals will be migrating over to the Wiley Interscience e-journal portal over the weekend. While these publishers make this important transition, there will be periodic interruptions in service. They are as follows:

Friday - June 27th - Blackwell Synergy closes down at 8:00PM

Saturday - June 28th - Wiley Interscience will shut down temporarily starting at 4:00AM

Sunday - June 29th - Wiley Interscience comes back online with Blackwell journals incorporated at 8:00PM

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Multilingual Fans of the Humanities & Social Sciences, Check Out This New Database!

Francis is created by the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France. This multilingual, multidisciplinary database is especially useful for the humanities and social sciences. Francis covers thousands of journals, books, and conference papers in many languages.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

June 25th RefAware Seminar CANCELLED

The RefAware Seminar scheduled for June 25th, 1-2:30 to be held in MC2.524 has been CANCELLED.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Library Opens Later on Sunday, June 29th

Due to the campus-wide power outage that has been scheduled for Sunday, June 29th, from 10am to 4pm, the library will not open its doors until 5pm that day. Its new hours will be from 5pm to midnight that Sunday only. We appreciate our patrons' cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ask a UT System Librarian - Live Chat Has Extended Hours

The Ask a UT System Librarian-Live Chat has resumed extended hours for the summer. They are as follows:

Monday - Thursday : noon - midnight
Friday : noon - 4pm
Sunday : 6pm - midnight

Friday, June 13, 2008

Blackwell Synergy and Wiley Interscience E-Journals Downtime June 28 & 29

The e-journal services of Blackwell Synergy and Wiley Interscience will be unavailable on the weekend of June 28th and 29th while they undergo maintenance.

On July 1st, Blackwell Synergy will cease service permanently as it is transferred to Wiley Interscience. We are working to adjust the links in the catalog so that access to these titles will go seamlessly and without interruption. We thank all our patrons for their understanding and patience while these journal services undergo these important changes.

Friday, June 06, 2008

SFX ("Get It" Button) Briefly Unavailable June 9th

On the morning of Monday, June 9th, the SFX server (responsible for the dark red "Get It!" button in many of our databases) will be down for maintenance for approximately 15 minutes. At that time, the SFX/'Get It!' button will be unavailable. Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

RefWorks Instant Bibliography Workshop, June 11th

Learn the basics of RefWorks on June 11th 3-4pm, MC2.524. It is a web-based citation management service provided for free by the McDermott Library that allows citations to be imported from online databases, stored in folders, and formatted within papers. Most importantly, it can instantly create bibliographies or "works cited" for your papers.

Monday, June 02, 2008

SFX ("Get It") Unavailable June 14-15

The SFX server will be down from 11pm on June 14 to 5am on June 15. SFX is the product that provides the red "Get It" link to articles from many of McDermott Library's databases.

Friday, May 23, 2008

IEEE Xplore Downtime, Wednesday, May 28

On Wednesday, 28 May, IEEE will perform planned maintenance to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

During this maintenance, the system will be unavailable for up to one (1) hour beginning at approximately 1:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your patience while these important updates are applied to IEEE Xplore.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wiley Interscience E-Journals Downtime on Saturday, May 24th, & Thursday, May 29th

Due to essential site maintenance, access to Wiley Interscience online journals will be temporarily unavailable on Saturday, May 24th, starting at 6:00am and lasting between 4 to 8 hours. Then, it will be down for more maintenance on Thursday, May 29th, at 3:00am for approximately 1 hour. We thank our patrons for their patience and understanding.

3rd Floor Computer Lab Closing. Basement Lab to Take Its Place

The McDermott Library Computer Lab on the 3rd floor of the library which is run by Information Resources will be closing its doors by the end of today at 5:45. The new Sonora Lab on the basement floor of the library has been opened to take its place. For more information, such as lab hours and contact information, please see the IR Computer Labs page.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Summer Hours Starting May 23rd

Due to the construction on the 4th level, McDermott Library will be changing its summer hours. These hours will come into effect starting Friday, May 23rd.

Summer 2008

Monday-Friday 7 am-Midnight
Saturday 9 am-8 pm
Sunday 1 pm-Midnight

Monday, April 28, 2008

ITER Renaissance & Medieval Studies DOWN

ITER, the Renaissance and medieval studies database, specifically, the "Iter Bibliography" feature, is down due to unspecified technical difficulties at the provider's end. We ask for your understanding and patience as we are investigating the problem and doing all in our power to return ITER to working status.

Informaworld Publications Downtime - Apr. 29, 11pm

The e-journals by the publisher Informaworld (Routledge/Taylor & Francis) will be unavailable for 2 hours on the night of April 29 from 11pm to 1 am (April 30) while they undergo routine maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. For a list of the journals affected, see the list below.

Acta Oto-Laryngologica
Advances in Physics
Africa Education Review
African Historical Review
American Foreign Policy Interests
American Journal of Distance Education
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Applied Artificial Intelligence
Applied Economics
Applied Economics Letters
Applied Financial Economics
Applied Financial Economics Letters
Audiological Medicine
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
British Journal of Audiology
Clinical Linguistics Phonetics
Complex Variables and Elliptic Equations
Connection Science
Contemporary Physics
Critical Arts
Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences
Defence and Peace Economics
Democracy and Security
Deviant Behavior
Discourse Processes
Economy and Society
Educational Research
Equity Excellence in Education
European Romantic Review
Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention
Fiber and Integrated Optics
History of Photography
IIE Transactions
Information Systems Management
International Journal of African Renaissance Studies - Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinarity
International Journal of Audiology
International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
International Journal of Control
International Journal of Geographical Information Science
International Journal of Language Communication Disorders
International Journal of Production Research
International Journal of Remote Sensing
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Journal of Clinical Child Adolescent Psychology
Journal of Modern Optics
Journal of Multilingual Communication Disorders
Journal of Strategic Studies
Journal of the American Planning Association
Justice Quarterly
Labor History
Language Matters
Materials and Manufacturing Processes
Myth Symbol
Population Studies
Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Review of Political Economy
Small Wars Insurgencies
Social History
Social Movement Studies
Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal
Studies in Conflict Terrorism
Terrorism and Political Violence
The Engineering Economist
The Nonproliferation Review
The Professional Geographer
The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Third Text
Word Image

Monday, April 14, 2008

Random Thank You Giveaways Apr. 14-27

From April 14-27

Use your cell phones outside the study areas and
you might be rewarded for
your thoughtfulness.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wiley E-Journals Temporarily Down

The library is currently experiencing technical problems with the Wiley Interscience Journals (including the Cochrane Library). We apologize for the inconvenience while we work to correct the problem.

Downtime - Scopus and Science Direct

Please be advised that Science Direct and Scopus will be unavailable for approximately 30 minutes from 9-10pm CST on Friday, April 11th.

This is due to scheduled maintenance work.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Library Marketplace for Fines and Fees Scheduled Downtime Starting March 20th

The library's vehicle for paying fines and fees online, Marketplace, will be taken down beginning Friday morning, March 20th for system upgrades. Patrons may pay their fines and fees in person at the Bursar's Office during its regular operating hours while Marketplace is down. We expect Marketplace to become fully operational as soon as Thursday, March 27th, although we will post on The Orbit as soon as service is positively re-established. The library appreciates your understanding and patience while we make upgrades to improve our online service.

Monday, March 10, 2008

IEEE Xplore Database Downtime on March 15th

An IEEE Xplore environment upgrade is scheduled for Saturday, 15 March, 2008. During this upgrade, the system will be unavailable for up to four (4) hours beginning at approximately 9:00 am CST . We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Database Downtime: Alexander Street Press - 3/10

Please be aware that one Alexander Street database will be unavailable on the morning of Monday, March 10th. This downtime is scheduled for 10:00 am CST and should not last more than 30 minutes.

During the downtime new content will be added to this and several other collections.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The database affected is:

Latin American Women Writers

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Weather Alert....FYI

Due to threatening weather, classes scheduled after 5 p.m. Thursday are canceled. All University offices will officially close at 4 p.m. Thursday, and non-essential personnel will be dismissed. Monitor the home page and your e-mail for any further announcements. Notification of changes in Friday class schedules, if any, will be posted between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday.

This also includes the Library. The Library will officially be closed down at 4pm.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Spring Break Hours, Mar. 9 - 15

The library will be operating on an abbreviated schedule during Spring Break (Mar. 9-Mar. 15). Please take note of the changes during the coming week:

Sunday, Mar. 9 -- 1-10pm (NOTE: Add an hour to your clock, 2am will become 3am, for Daylight Savings Time.)

Monday-Friday, -- 9am-6pm
Mar. 10-14

Saturday, Mar. 15 -- CLOSED

Sunday, Mar. 16 -- Regular hours resume

Have a safe and relaxing break!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Voting Information for the Texas Primary Election 2008

The time to vote in the Texas Primary Election 2008 is today, but don't vote blindly. There are many Web sites you can check out for information on candidates and where to vote.

Here is a sample of some of the most helpful sites:

Dallas Morning News Voter Guide: Compare candidates and find your polling place.

Project Vote Smart: Find national and state level information on your representatives. Explains each candidate's views along with voting records.

The League of Women Voters of Texas: Nonpartisan political organization for informed and active participation of citizens in government.

Congress Votes Database: Find the voting records of the U.S. Congress since the 102nd Congress (1991) : who missed votes, who voted in late-night sessions, which bills passed by a narrow margin and more.

For more sites, check out our Useful Web Sites section on Voting Resources:

Friday, February 08, 2008

RefWorks Class

RefWorks Classes
Carol Oshel

Create instant bibliographies -- RefWorks is a citation management service that allows you to import citations from online article indexes and databases, organize and manage these references within folders, automatically format them within papers and create instant bibliographies in a variety of styles.

February 27th 2-3pm

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Service Disruption for Ebrary Book Service Today

The library has been informed that the ebrary e-book service will be down for monthly maintenance starting tonight from 10pm to 12am. We appreciate your patience while important updates and maintenance are applied.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

"Get It!" Full Text Button Feature Will Be Down on Sunday, February 3rd

The library has recently been alerted that the server for the popular "Get It!" button featured on the majority of our databases -- the service that helps users connect automatically to full-text holdings (electronic and paper texts) -- will be undergoing maintenance this Sunday, February 3rd, starting at 7pm and lasting 4 to 5 hours. At that time, the "Get It!" buttons and links will not work, and users will need to check the library catalog manually to determine whether we have access to the information in electronic and/or paper formats.

In most cases, users can use the following strategy to determine if the library has the information in question. First, you will need to open a new browser window to the library catalog. Using the "Basic Search," you will restrict your search to "Journal/Periodical Title" and insert the name of the journal, newspaper, or magazine (sometimes indicated as "source" or "publication") from the original database reference. Do not use the article title; only use the publication title from which the article comes. The catalog will indicate if the library owns the publication in paper, microform or electronic format. You will need the full reference from the database to know where to search in the paper and electronic formats for the article in question, i.e., any dates, volume and issues numbers, and page numbers provided.

For questions on how to use the catalog in conjunction with database searches, please contact a librarian. We apologize for any inconvenience that occurs while this important service is updated.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

IEEE Xplore downtime...

From IEEE:

An upgrade of the IEEE Xplore Digital Library is scheduled for Saturday, 2 February.
During this deployment, the system will be unavailable for up to eight hours beginning at approximately 8:00 AM CST.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

As a result of this new release, the IEEE Xplore digital library will be
enhanced with:
*Conference Proceedings weekly update alerts
- Enables a user to receive weekly update alerts for every conference title via either email or RSS whenever a new conference proceeding title is added to IEEE Xplore.

* search from the IEEE Xplore home page
- The IEEE Xplore home page will feature a quick search box enabling users to easily search, the free federated search portal to the digital libraries of leading science and technology societies.

*Draft standards search
- Users will be able to limit their search to IEEE draft standards only from the Advanced Search page in IEEE Xplore.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience

Monday, January 28, 2008


E-Reserves is back up. Thank you for your patience.


At this time, access to e-reserves is unavailable. It is unknown when it will be back up and running, but the problem has been addressed and it is being corrected now.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

UPDATE: EZProxy Server & Electronic Resources Are Back Online!

We have concluded the updates of our equipment. The EZProxy server is now working for off- and on-campus access to databases, e-journals, and e-books. We thank you for your patience.

EZProxy Server & Electronic Resource Downtime for Saturday, Jan. 19th

We have to do some maintenance work on EZProxy server this Saturday. This means no off-campus access to databases, e-journal, e-books, and other services that require users to input their UTD-ID and password in order to use the library services remotely.

The estimated downtime will be 2 hours starting at 8.00 in the morning and should be back up around 10am.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: As of 10:20, we are still working to update the EXProxy server. Continue to check the library's site for access. We hope to have all electronic resource access running in proper order very shortly. We appreciate your patience.
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