23 April 2015

New - RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) mobile app for Androids

The free Royal Society of Chemistry mobile app is now available for Androids as well as on iTunes.

Using the RSC Mobile app enables you to access the content of more than 30 RSC journals subscribed to by the Library, in the same way as you would access, using the University's network.

It allows you to:
  • access the latest RSC journals 
  • obtain full text access to the RSC journals subscribed to by the Library
  • read the latest news from the RSC Publishing Platform 
  • save articles for offline reading 
  • share your favourite content via email, Twitter or Facebook    
For more information on the RSC Mobile app, or to download from iTunes or to an Android :
  • click here
  • or download by clicking on the logos below:
Android Market App RSC Mobile app available on iTunes

Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library Jazz

A reminder that you have access to the following two music databases from Naxos:

Lucia di Lammermoor [Opera
Naxos Music Library

A digital sound database of Classical, Jazz, World, Classic Rock, and Nostalgia music, containing the complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 640 labels, such as ARC, Berlin Classics, Chandos, EMI Classics, Naxos, RCA Records, Sony Classics, and many others.

Described as 'the world's most comprehensive collection of classical music online', it allows streamed access to the equivalent of more than 1,608,200 tracks. Over 800 CD-length recordings are added every month. 

Naxos Music Library Jazz

(THE): Between or Beyond

One of the most comprehensive collections of international Jazz music available, offering streamed online access to a wide range of jazz. Over 32,000 artists are represented.

Music comes from over 250 labels, and includes the catalogues of Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy and others

The Naxos Music Library Jazz App is available through the iTunes App Store.

We have 5 concurrent user accesses to these databases

22 April 2015

Early English Books Online - over 182,000 new records added to SAULCAT

Over 182,000 new e-book records have been added to SAULCAT, recently - they represent the content of Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), one of the three collections forming the Historical Texts database.

Coming soon are a further 125,000 e-book records for the Early English Books Online (EEBO) content, plus another 65,000 records for the titles held in the British Library 19th Century Collection.  These three collections can be cross-searched simultaneously as the Historical Texts database.

We already have records in SAULCAT for EEBO through another provider's platform (Proquest), so once the new EEBO records for the Historical Texts platform are added, you will benefit from having a choice of platforms.

21 April 2015

DOI's - what, where and why?

The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) website will tell you all you want to know, but here's a quick summary, in a Library context:

what? - it's a system for identifying content objects in the digital environment. DOI names are assigned to any entity and used to provide current information, including where they (or information about them) can be found on the Internet. Information about a digital object may change over time, including where to find it, but its DOI name will not change.

where? - usually found on the first page of an e-journal article, near the author's address or the copyright notice; in the top-left hand corner of abstracts; in the Table of Contents; at the top or bottom of an article, or in the DOI field in the record for an article in a database

DOI's usually appear in the following form:
Digital Object Identifier: 10.4225/01/4F3DB08617645
(The prefix always begins with 10.xxxx/ where x is the unique number given to a publisher in the DOI system, and the suffix indicates the individual item or document). 

To convert a DOI into a web link, simply add it to the end of a 'DOI resolver', such as : http://dx.doi.org/

why? - Using DOI names as identifiers makes managing intellectual property in a networked environment much easier and more convenient, and allows automated services and transactions to be constructed.

New - access Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) on alternative Gale platform

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) is a digital collection of more than 180,000 titles published in Great Britain and its colonies during the 18th Century.

Until now, we have had access to Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), together with Early English Books Online (EEBO), and the 65,000 texts in the British Library 19th Century Collection through the cross-searchable Historical Texts database.

However, we also now have access to ECCO through the alternative Gale platform, thus affording you a choice of platforms.

20 April 2015

Trial e-Resource - Nineteenth Century US Newspapers

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers contains the full-text of over 500 urban and rural newspapers from 19th Century America. We have been granted trial access until 6 May 2015.

Nearly two million pages of primary source newspaper content - most never before available online - give a unique, 'as-it-happened' perspective on newd, events, culture and daily life in the America of the 1800's. 

The19th Century newspaper press helped to create an environment of free expression that typified both America and the American.

Newspapers were the lifeblood of the new republic, and their contents helped to shape the nation’s identity, carrying not just stories that unified American opinions, interests and norms, but ones that fuelled the crucial debates of the day.

The collection includes information on:
  • American Civil War
  • African-American culture and history
  • Western migration
  • Antebellum-era life, and other major topics
Contents includes both major newspapers, and ones published by African Americans, Native Americans, women’s rights groups, labour groups, the Confederacy and other select groups.

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers is invaluable for historical research across a wide range of subjects, providing, as it does, 'firsthand accounts of history'. 

Trial e-Resource - The Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004

The Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004 joins our list of current database trials, available until 6 May 2015.

For more than 100 years, the Daily Mail has been a major UK national newspaper acting as a barometer of 20th century popular culture and tastes, and sometimes helping to influence government policy. 

It has a circulation of over 2 million, and its website is the most visited news site in the world.

The Daily Mail is regarded as a ‘middle class/middle market’ newspaper and it provides an important alternative perspective to ‘the newspaper of record', The Times.  It serves as the perfect complement to The Times Digital Archive for students/researchers who require multiple viewpoints to understand the past.

The fully-searchable content includes large numbers of news stories, advertisements and images that capture 20th Century culture and society.

The Archive also includes the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923-1931.

19 April 2015

Springer e-books - over 6,700 more permanent-access titles purchased

The recent SHEDL (Scottish Higher Education Digital Library) collaborative purchasing consortium negotiation with e-book publishers has resulted in an outright collective purchase of the 12 Springer subject e-book collections. 

After the end of the recent extended trial period for Springer e-book content, usage statistics were used to identify the most heavily-used titles for permanent-access purchase (Evidence Based Selection), across all the SHEDL libraries.

We now have access to the 2015 Springer titles, through the Springer website, and details of these will be added to SAULCAT shortly.

St Andrews also has permanent access to all the other e-books bought by other SHEDL libraries, after the end of the initial trial period.

The agreement includes:

  •  over 6,700 books, in total
  • collections covering 2010-2016 (end of 2015), though the agreement may be extended later, to include other years
  • material is owned in perpetuity
  • German language material is excluded
  • all textbooks, monographs, book series, and reference works are included
  • material is 100% Digital Rights Management (DRM) free, so it's possible for you to print and e-mail chapters without restriction
  • 17 April 2015

    Trial e-Resource - The Listener Historical Archive

    The End of the War in Europe
    We are fortunate to have a free trial of The Listener Historical Archive (1929-1991) until 6 May 2015.

    The Listener was the weekly newspaper published by the BBC between 1929-1991, and developed as the medium for reproducing radio - and later, television - programmes in print. It is the only record and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts.

    The complete online archive acts a witness to the intellectual and cultural history of the 20th Century, and to the 'golden years' of radio and television.

    The Listener Historical Archive includes major contributors such as Forster, Orwell and Bertrand Russell, and also provided an important platform for new writers and poets, of the time - Auden, Plath and Larkin being notable examples.

    As well as expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, The Listener also discussed major literary and musical programmes, and regularly reviewed new books. 10% of its content was not connected to broadcasting at all, and the often diverse articles were underpinned by the BBC's cultural mission of educating the masses.

    Having chronicled the transformative rise of radio and television, The Listener finally ceased publication in 1991, just at the dawn of the internet age.

    16 April 2015

    Trial e-Resource - Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature

    A 17th Century map of present day Manhattan, from the collection of King George III
    British Library
    We also have trial access to the Nineteenth Century Collections: Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature database, until 6 May 2015.

    This NCCO Archive offers a wide range of fully-searchable, historical maps representing the 19th Century, which saw a tremendous growth in maps and mapmaking. During this period, huge changes in industrialisation, imperialism, tourism and exploration created a new demand for reliable maps.

    NCCO: Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature provides:
    • a wide range of searchable, full-image maps, travel diaries, gazetteers, and guide books
    • rich insight into the era of cartography; highlights the changes taking place in map-making and provides a glimpse into the age of imperialism
    • and reflects the vast exploration that took place during the 19th century
    Contents include:
    • maritime/nautical charts
    • battlefields
    • Ordnance surveys
    • gazetteers
    • topographical Maps
    • European, Asian and Mid-East travel maps
    • atlases/manuscripts
    • travel guides, handbooks and travelogues
    Maps have been selected from the large map collections of the British Library and the National Archives at Kew, and the American Antiquarian Society.

    NB: The Library has previously purchased permanent access to the first 4 NCCO archives:
    • British Politics and Society
    • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
    • Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
    • British Theatre, Music,and Literature: High and Popular Culture

    15 April 2015

    Trial e-Resource - Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Women: Transnational Networks

    Members of The Girls Friendly Society pictured with the Princess Mary Caravan
    © Shutterstock
    We have trial access to the Nineteenth Century Collections: Women: Transnational Networks database, until 6 May 2015. 

    This NCCO Archive offers a wide range of international primary source documents - journals, books, manuscripts, diaries, reports, images, etc - on gender and class issues from the late 18th Century to the era of suffrage in the early 20th Century.

    It includes 19th Century debate, in the context of suffrage movements, on daily life, high and 'low' culture, immigration, health, literature and the arts, religion, social reform movements and groups, and many other issues. 

    Women: Transnational Networks is an excellent research resource for history, sociology, women’s studies, medicine and many other disciplines.

    The Archive includes collections such as:
    NB: The Library has previously purchased permanent access to the first 4 NCCO archives:
    • British Politics and Society
    • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
    • Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
    • British Theatre, Music,and Literature: High and Popular Culture

    14 April 2015

    Trial e-Resource - Church Missionary Society Periodicals: Global Missions and Contemporary Encounters

    “A world history teacher would be challenged to find a more useful primary source material than this.” 
     Professor Phillip A. Cantrell

    We are delighted to offer free trial access to the recently-launched Church Missionary Society Periodicals: Global Missions and Contemporary Encounters database, until 14 May 2015. 

    As the name suggests, the content is composed of publications from the Church Missionary Society and the South American Missionary Society, between 1804-2009.  Founded in 1799, CMS's aims included world evangelisation, and it established Anglican churches across Africa, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

    The Church Missionary Society Periodicals database includes journals, reports, letters, accounts of indigenous peoples, births, marriages and deaths, images and maps, as well as a Register of Missionaries 1804-1928, which detailed their movements.

    This is a unique new resource for research on the role of religion and its interaction with Western and non-Western worlds; missionary activity across three centuries; world history and cultural encounters, in addition to:
    • Colonialism and Decolonisation
    • Education
    • Medicine and Health
    • Gender and Women’s Studies
    • Social history
    • Sociology
    • Slavery and Anti-Slavery
    • Evangelism
    Periodical Titles include:
    • The CMS Gleaner (continued as CMS Outlook and then Yes Magazine)
    • The CMS Intelligencer (continued as Church Missionary Review)
    • Ruanda Notes (MAM News)
    • South American Missionary Society Magazin
    Webinar - sign up for a free 30-minute webinar on 22 April 2015
    Please note - PDF downloads are not available during trials

    30 March 2015

    Save our Sounds - help to create a Directory of UK Sound Collections

    Selecting a tape from the shelfThe British Library's Save our Sounds initiative - to try to preserve as much as possible of the nation’s rare and unique sound recordings - has a final deadline for collecting information of 31 May.
    International archival consensus is that there are around 15 years in which to preserve our sound collections by digitising them before they become unreadable. By 2030, the scarcity of older equipment and the physical degradation of media will make their preservation costly, difficult and, in many cases, impossible. 

    To help plan for preservation, The British Library's project has been mapping the extent of UK sound collections, to identify the risks they face, and to create a Directory of UK Sound Collections.

    Since January, it has received details of over 800,000 items - from oral history interviews to experimental music, church bells, fairground organs, trains and silence, lost radio broadcasts and recordings of Tolkien, Ella Fitzgerald and J.B. Priestley, held on everything from wax cylinders to digital files.

    Find out more at the project website: www.bl.uk/projects/uk-sound-directory

    The results of the survey will be available in June 2015, together with advice on looking after local collections.

    24 March 2015

    BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National - use continues to increase

    BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National, our shared online TV and radio streaming service subscription, is one of the Library's most popular databases.
    In the last 8 months (July 2014 - February 2015):

    117,662 programmes were watched

    1,611 more users have registered for access
    (please use your University of St Andrews e-mail address)

    1,447 programmes were requested for recording

    1,189 clips were created

    20 March 2015

    Trial e-Resource - Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Science Technology and Medicine 1780-1925

    Science, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925, Part II
    Engraving of a triceratops, 1891
    Universal History Archive/UIG/The Bridgeman Art Library
    We also have trial access to both parts of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Science Technology and Medicine 1780-1925 database, until 13 April.

    More than 3.5 million pages of digitised documents cover an exceptionally creative period in scientific research and discovery, and permit the rapid advances in scientific, technical, and medical knowledge during this period, to be explored.

    The archive covers every aspect of 19th Century science, and traces the changes from the Newtonian mechanical universe to Einstein's theory of relativity; from the horse to the automobile, from medical treatments based on humors and bloodletting to antiseptics and epidemiology.

    It also includes documents representing the last great age of discovery, by explorers charting the interiors of the Americas, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

    Part II of the archive provides over 3 million pages from scientific documents in four major areas: Academies of Science Publications (1665-1925), natural history, public health, and entomology. Thousands of digitised volumes contain articles by every major scientist from this era.

    19 March 2015

    Trial e-Resource - Archives Unbound: Witchcraft in Europe and America

    A trial of the Archives Unbound: Witchcraft in Europe and America database, has been added to our current trial of Archives Unbound: French Royal Acts 1256-1794. We have access until 13 April.

    To select a specific database, click on the Browse Collections link (via the link above) and choose the database you want.  

    This comprehensive collection of digitised historical documents on witchcraft allows the exploration of the social, religious and intellectual conditions that fostered the witchcraft hysteria and allowed the deaths of a quarter of a million people

    The texts date from the 15th-early 20th centuries, with most of the material from the 16th-18th centuries.  They include many rare manuscripts containing eyewitness accounts and court records of the trials of witches, including harrowing original manuscript depositions taken from the victims in the torture chamber.

    The collection also includes:
    • Anti-persecution writings
    • Works by penologists
    • Legal and church documents
    • Exposés of persecutions
    • Philosophical writings
    • Transcripts of trials and exorcisms
    This collection unlocks much more than the world of witchcraft alone; spanning the 15th to 20th centuries, it also enables researchers to trace the history and culture of European civilization during the Renaissance and Enlightenment. 

    Fact Sheet

    16 March 2015

    Trial e-Resource - Archives Unbound: French Royal Acts 1256-1794

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    Archives Unbound: French Royal Acts 1256-1794 is our latest database trial. We have free access to it until 13 April 2015. 

    French Royal Acts, 1256-1794 is a unique collection of over 16,000 pamphlets and pronouncements, detailing the financial and political government of France, from the late 13th century to the end of the monarchy.

    Nearly three-quarters of the pamphlets are concentrated in the 18th century; a considerable number are of earlier origin. Among the topics covered are: 
    • Fiscal matters in the Chambre des Comptes, including annuities, appointments and sales of offices
    • Taxation and tariffs on goods
    • Toll collections, primarily of the 18th century; including tax on river passage through land-owners’ property
    • Bridge and road toll disputes
    • Salt taxation, trade and smuggling
    • Criminal justice, primarily from 1720 forward
    • John Law’s attempts at reorganization of the financial system, including Compagnie des Indes and currency devaluation
    • Military administration, including Army and Navy Book printing and prohibitions, especially those of religious or political nature
    French Royal Acts, 1256-1794 supports research in French and European history, 20th century France, French monarchy, French life and law, politics, trade, criminal justice, treaties, financial administration of France, and French literature and language.

    Fact Sheet

    11 March 2015

    Trial e-Resource - British Newspapers Parts III and IV

    We have been given free access to British Newspapers Parts III and IV, until 13 April 2015.

    We already have subscribed access to British Newspapers Parts I and II which also cross-searches The Burney Collection, a large collection of 17th and 18th century newspapers.
    Part III adds even more regional and local papers from the late 18th - mid 20th Century, adding more than 30 newspapers and nearly 1.2 million pages
    Part IV provides a range of publications to reflect the social, political, and cultural events of the times, and includes such titles as:

    Aberdeen Journal - 1901-1950
    The Belfast Morning News - 1857-1867
    Cambridge Independent Press - 1939-1920
    Dundee Courier - 1901-1950
    Edinburgh Evening News - 1873-1906
    Liverpool Daily Post - 1855-1867
     We are interested in your opinion of this database - please use the Comments link below, to provide us with feedback. Thank you

    3 March 2015

    European Sources Online - free access

    European Sources Online (ESO) is a free information service provided by the European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University.   

    It provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries of Europe, and on issues of importance to European researchers, citizens and stakeholders, and allows you to:
    • search a wide range of information sources - primary and official sources plus blogs, commentary, analysis, summaries, think tank reports, news sources and academic literature from a wide range of European perspectives - in most cases offering immediate full text access
    • find the full text of Europe-related articles from the Financial Times, one of the most authoritative newspapers for European information - plus links to many other news sources such as EurActiv, BBC News, Deutsche Welle, Spiegel Online International, France24, Polskie Radio, PressEurop etc
    • receive weekly e-mail alerts of new information of relevance (RSS feeds also available)

    28 February 2015

    Library support for Open Book Publishers (open access e-books)

    The Library has joined the innovative Open Book Publishers Scheme and is actively supporting Open Book Publishers' aim of publishing high-quality Open Access academic monographs.

    Open Book Publishers was founded in 2008 by a group of academics at the University of Cambridge.  It has since grown into an international network of scholars who believe that it is time for academic publishing to become fairer, faster and more accessible. 

    Open Access is seen as the future of academic publishing.

    Our membership includes:
    • an additional 12-18 new scholarly Open Access research monographs, to be published in the next 12 months
    • students and staff can read and download digital editions of any title, for free (in pdf, epub, mobi formats)

    • books can be read via the Open Book website, downloaded, re-used or embedded anywhere.
    • permanent access to all titles
    • 15% discount for staff and students, on print copies of the published titles, purchased through the Open Book website
    Please see the Open Access LibGuide for information about the Library's Open Access work and staff contact details

    27 February 2015

    Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) - new enhanced platform

    The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) database has been substantially enhanced, and the new platform offers a number of new features, including:
    Help files and video tutorials are available.

    The goal of the Online TLG is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era. 

    So far, it has collected and digitised most texts written in Greek from Homer (8 c. B.C.) to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453, and contains more than 110 million words from over 10,000 works. It is constantly updated and improved.

    Please note: all St Andrews users need to create a user profile in order to use the TLG

    26 February 2015

    Electronic Enlightenment - Training Session on 4 March

    Why not join an online demonstration/training session on Wednesday 4 March at 10.00, to get the most out of Electronic Enlightenment, one of the many databases subscribed to by the Library. 

    Electronic Enlightenment is a fascinating online collection of over 67,875 historical letters and documents linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia, from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.

    Over 8,331 historical figures discuss everything from religious tolerance to animal rights, vulcanology to classical archaeology, economic modelling to celebrity culture.

    The 40-45 minute training session will be held by Jonathan Wakeford, an OUP trainer. It will look at different search options, features and practical uses of the database, and there will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.  It is is open to anyone and is free of charge.

    You can access the session from anywhere - all you need is a computer with an Internet connection,  WebEx conferencing software and sound.  

    Please register here if you would like to attend. You will receive an invitation which contains details of how to log in to the session

    23 February 2015

    Trial e-Resource - Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992

    Our trial of Punch Historical Archive is now accessible, and will last until 19 March 2015.  The Archive contains the complete Punch from 1841 to 1992 - 200,000 pages in all. 

    Famous as a source for the study of the Victorian Era, Punch is an unrivalled resource for researching 19th and 20th century political and social history, perceptions of science and technological change, the arts and media.    

    Other major research themes include colonialism and the rise and decline of Empire, the Cold War and other conflicts, the impact of new technologies and modernity on daily life, growing concerns for the environment, and the changing role of women. 

    Among the treasures in the archive are prose by England’s finest comic writers and superb full-page political and ‘social’ cartoons by brilliant artists which provide incisive critiques of 19th and 20th century life. 

    Punch Historical Archive 1841–1992 is part of the Gale NewsVault programme and can be cross-searched with Gale’s range of historical newspaper collections including The Times Digital Archive and The Illustrated London News Historical Archive.

     NB: if a password if required for access, please contact library@st-andrews.ac.uk (Univ of St Andrews users only) 

    18 February 2015

    Artstor - over 151,000 new images

    Hans Holbein the Younger | Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (‘The Ambassadors’) | 1533 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph ©The National Gallery, London
    Take a closer look
    Over 151,000 new images were added to the Artstor Digital Library in 2014, from prestigious subject collections at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the American Museum of Natural History, etc.

    It now contains more than 1.8 million images from international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, artists and artists' estates. (List of Collections)

    Artstor is relevant for teaching and research in a wide range of subjects - anthropology, art, architecture, classics, history, literature, music, religion, literature, medieval and Renaissance Studies, photography, etc. (Artstor Subject Guides)

    Register with your University e-mail address and self-chosen password in the 'Artstor Digital Library: Enter Here' box, to gain access to:
    • browse images by collection, classification, or geography
    • zoom in on and pan images
    • organise images into groups, add notes, save and share with others
    • upload and manage personal images and sound files in ARTstor 
    • present ARTstor images alongside your personal images, both online and offline (learn more)
    • add and share personal, institutional, and contributed collections (learn more)
    • integrate ARTstor content with Blackboard, WebCT, or Moodle  (learn more)
    • download images to PowerPoint and ARTstor's Offline Image Viewer (OIV) 
    • export citations for images or image groups into RefWorks, ProCite, etc
    Teaching staff at St Andrews should get in touch for an account with full Instructor privileges

    Work is also taking place to expand the Images for Academic Publishing program, which makes available publication-quality images for scholarly publishing, free of charge