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14-09-22: Please note we are currently experiencing login issues for ebooks and you will not be able to access this content currently. IT is working with the vendors to gain access. We will let you know as soon as access is available.

Note Regarding Access to Philip Alan content and Flash.

As you may have seen on the news recently, Adobe Flash has now been discontinued and therefore no longer supported which is going to have something of an impact on the number of Hodder A Magazines that you can access on the Archive.

We have discussed the situation with Hodder Education and the information we have is this and which you should share with the relevant teaching staff:

  • They have converted all flash-based files for the issues between September 2009 and September 2014 so you can still access these issues.
  • The magazine issues from September 2014 onwards are not flash-based so your users will be able to access these on all browsers.
  • The Archive that is now available extends from the 2009/10 academic year. In addition, Hodder Education has converted earlier Volumes for A-level History, English and GCSE Hindsight so that access is fully supported from Sept 06 onwards
  • They are currently working on converting Politics Review with the aim of going as far back as the Sep 06 issues – their hope is to complete this conversion in the early Spring.
  • Unfortunately for archives not listed above, the original application files are no longer available pre-2010 and therefore cannot be converted. These will be removed by early March and won’t then show up in searches.

They have also told us that they will be moving the Magazines Archive onto a new and improved platform later this year which will allow for improved browsing, better searching and the ability to download usage statistics. When we have more information about the move to the new platform we will let you.



Please note Flash is no longer available or supported by Adobe and as such you will experience issues with legacy content. In most cases, the content will be updated to HTML5 and work normally.

All post-2009 Magazine Archive volumes have already been converted. All other Flash-dependent content, including trials, should already be converted, so please flag with us if a particular resource is not. In the meantime, the current workarounds are available:

Please note: In some cases you may still have the legacy flash player installed on your computer but the browser has disabled it. Follow instructions below to check.

Enabling Flash Player in Internet Explorer
1. Once clicked, a pop-up menu appears. Click the Manage Add-ons option.
2. In the box that opens, find and click the option called Tools and Extensions.
3. On the right side of the box, look for an option called Shockwave Flash Object and click it.
4. Click the Enable option at the bottom-right of the window.

Enabling Flash Player in Chrome
1. Open the three-dot menu and select Settings.
2. Scroll to the bottom and click Advanced.
3. Under Privacy and Security, click Site Settings.
4. Under Permissions, click Flash.
5. Enable the setting so the label reads Ask first (recommended).
6. Close the settings tab.

Enabling Flash Player in Firefox
1. Click > Add-ons.
2. Click Plugins.
3. Click Shockwave Flash, then click Ask to Activate or Always Activate.


If there is a particular publication you are having difficulty with please send all info to Tara in the LRC:

She will contact the provider.

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