24 December 2010

Christmas Presents New e-Resources

As always, Library staff have been thinking ahead for ways in which to enhance your learning, teaching and research experience.

We'll have some excellent new databases for you in the New Year - a bit too late to be classed as Christmas presents, but certainly worth looking forward to. 

In the meantime, our Best Wishes for the Festive Season, and here are some films from BoB, for you to enjoy (login with your University Username and Password):

    23 December 2010

    Crossfire becomes Reaxys - please switch by 31 December

    © Elsevier
    A reminder that the Mimas Crossfire service finally ends on 31 December 2010. It will be replaced by the new Reaxys system, which we are already using. (Reaxys flyer)

    No further logins to CrossFire will be possible after 1 January 2011, so please ensure that you move over to Reaxys by then.

    Reaxys is based on the merged and unified content of the CrossFire Beilstein, CrossFire Gmelin and Patent Chemistry databases. It offers authoritative information in organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistry and covers journal literature (1771-) and patent literature (1869-).

    Full documentation about moving to Reaxys, including a Quick Reference Guide, an FAQ and information about downloading and installing structure editors, is provided via these links.
        Off-campus access to Reaxys, using your University Username and Password, will be available soon.

        If you have any questions, or problems with logging in, please contact the Elsevier Helpdesk or jmy.

        NB: any existing references to Crossfire in online reading lists, WebCT, etc., will need to be altered

        22 December 2010

        New RSS Feed - Recent Acquisitions by Subject

        Ever wanted to see a list of new material coming into the Library, by subject? - now you can!

        Just subscribe to the regularly-updated Library Latest Acquisitions by Subject feed on the Library Home page.

        This allows you to see subject clusters of new material, and the RSS feed will keep you up-to-date with new purchases in your subject area.

        Our existing RSS feeds are:

        19 December 2010

        Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online - new look, features and content

        Lost for words?
        Do you avoid the prends on Muttoes Lane and the Jehus on North Street, and hope that there won't be too many cachinnators or grinagogs in the Library?

        As well as being a great source of fascinating words, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the 'definitive record of the English language'. 

        As an historical dictionary, it provides not just the meaning and pronunciation of over 600,000 words, but also their history from earliest times to the present day, traced through over 3 million quotations.

        The OED has just re-launched with a new look, new features and functionality, and new content. Why not take a look?:
        • Dictionary - browse the whole dictionary from A to Z
        • Categories - browse words by subject, usage, region, or origin
        • Timelines - discover when words entered the English language
        • Sources - explore the top 1,000 quoted authors and works
        • Historical Thesaurus - track the lexical history of words by concept and meaning
        NB: any 'old' links to the OED in web pages or teaching materials should be changed to the new site: http://www.oed.com/

        16 December 2010

        President Jackson's Parrot

        'Why was US President Andrew Jackson's parrot ejected from his owner's funeral?'

        Visit Oxford Reference Online's 'Fact of the Day' to find the answer!

        While you're there, why not sign up for the daily Fact of the Day and get interesting facts from over 200 reference works included in the ORO Premium Collection.

        15 December 2010

        ATHENS: Tip Top Tips

        Please note: ATHENS accounts were phased out in July 2011
        A few tips and reminders about ATHENS:
        • ATHENS isn't a database - it's simply a method of authenticating your off-campus access to some of the Library's e-resources
        • once you've registered for an ATHENS account, you'll receive a Username and Password - for your use only
          • not all e-resources use ATHENS authentication for off-campus access - an increasing number use your University Account Username and Password 
          • if you access e-resources through SAULCAT or the A-Z Databases page, you'll see which off-campus access method to use
            • you will only be able to access e-resources that the Library subscribes to - even if there is an ATHENS login
            • if we subscribe to an e-resource (database, e-journal, e-book) it will be listed in SAULCAT, with a link into it; SAULCAT will also tell you if we hold a print copy
              • if you're not sure how to access an article in a journal, always check SAULCAT first to see if we subscribe to that journal - don't access via ATHENS unless you know which resource the journal is held in 
              • for example, the following reference:
                   Brearton, Fran: "'Ploughing by the Tail': Longley, Muldoon, and Anxiety of Influence"
                   Nordic Irish Studies, (2:1), 2003, 1-16 (2003)

                is to an article by Fran Brearton, published in the journal called Nordic Irish Studies, in Volume 2, Issue 1, pages 1-16, in 2003
              • to find this article, search for the journal in SAULCAT - individual articles are not indexed.  Choose 'Periodicals and Journals' Search, then 'Title' Search, type in 'Nordic Irish Studies' and press Return.  Because we have access to it, you'll then see a link into the 'Full text from JSTOR Ireland Collection: 2002 to 2006', and a note that it 'Requires ATHENS login off-campus'
              • so, if you're off-campus, just search SAULCAT for the e-journal or e-book that you need.  If we subscribe to it, you'll find it in SAULCAT, and also a link directly into it
              • if the e-resource uses ATHENS for off-campus access, there will be an ATHENS login on the e-resource's website 
              • if your University account Username and Password is required for off-campus access, there will be a UK Federation WAYF/ Institutional Login/ Login via your Home Institution/ Shibboleth login link; you would select 'University of St Andrews' and login with your University account details
                Related posts: Off-Campus Access: Hints and Tips and Searching for a specific article?

                  12 December 2010

                  Trial e-Resource - The Cecil Papers

                  Robert Cecil
                  © Chadwyck Healey
                  We have a trial of The Cecil Papers database, until 9 January 2011.

                  The Cecil Papers is a collection of approx 30,000 sixteenth and seventeenth century manuscripts, consisting principally of the correspondence of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son Robert Cecil, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612).

                  Both men were Secretary of State to Elizabeth I - Robert Cecil also served her successor, James I/VI - and dominated the administration of government during her reign.

                  This important collection of documents includes many 16th and 17th century state papers, legal documents, treaties, correspondences and political memoranda, as well as hand-drawn maps, tables and letters.

                  It offers crucial insights into the events of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, one of the most dynamic periods of history, and is "of the utmost importance to scholars of Tudor government, politics, religion, administration in particular, but also to anyone working in the field of 16th century English history"

                  Feedback about this resource would be appreciated. 

                  8 December 2010

                  Faculty of 1000 trial (Biology and Medicine) ending soon - feedback welcomed

                  Our Faculty of 1000 trial ends on 15 December.

                  F1000 identifies and evaluates the most important articles in Biology and Medicine, based on the recommendations of an international  'Faculty' of over 10,000 leading scientists and clinicians. (Detailed Brochure)

                  We hope that you've found the free trial useful and would appreciate your feedback about this database.  Thank you.

                  7 December 2010

                  SAULCAT - did you know ...?

                  ... that SAULCAT stands for St Andrews University Library CATalogue?

                  SAULCAT is the Library's online catalogue, and is updated weekly.  It can be searched from on- or off-campus, and includes:
                  • details of the Library's print and electronic collections - journals/periodicals, databases, e-books, rare books, dvds, etc
                  • links into e-journals and e-books, and off-campus access details
                  • most material likely to be on student reading lists, if held 
                  • Short Loan lists by course module number, Department or Lecturer
                  • book cover images, tables of contents and summaries in many of the records
                  • all recently received material, regardless of publication date
                  • and a significant amount of older material, added retrospectively
                  You can:
                  • limit your search by Library location, material type, language, publication date(s), publisher
                  • sort your results by title, publication date or relevance
                  • mark results, then save, e-mail or display on screen
                  • format results for import into RefWorks or Endnote, for creating bibliographies
                  • use the RSS feeds for Recent Accessions, Latest DVDs, New E-Books
                  • see your Reading and Borrowing History 
                  • save and edit Preferred Searches and use e-mail alerts for new stock

                  4 December 2010

                  RefWorks and Endnote - create bibliographies easily

                  Baffled by bibliographies? Confused by citations? - not sure how to create them for your essays, or cite references that you've used?  Then why not sign up for a RefWorks or Endnote bibliographic management software Workshop?

                  A workshop is being held by Library colleagues on Tuesday 7 December (5.00-6.00pm; Butts Wynd Computer Lab).

                  RefWorks/Endnote software allows you to gather, manage and store personal databases of references from online resources and to quickly generate bibliographies and citations in a variety of different formats.

                  Don't miss out on this opportunity! - book a place by e-mailing Louise. (More information)

                  NB: the Monday 6 Dec workshop has had to be cancelled as the presenter is snowbound.  Many apologies!

                  30 November 2010

                  ChemSpider - access millions of chemical structures

                  ChemSpider is 'the richest single source of structure-based chemistry information', provided free by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

                  It provides access to nearly 25 million unique chemical entities from over 400 data sources, with additional tools to upload, curate and use the data, and integrate it with other applications.  Other functionality includes:
                  • the ability for you to contribute by uploading data collections; adding data, links, videos, audio to compound records, etc.

                  • ChemSpider SyntheticPages - a continuously updated, interactive database of synthetic chemistry; allows quick publishing of reactions, peer review, etc

                  • Web services to query and deliver data, and tools to embed structures and spectra

                  • the ability to search PubMed and RSC books, journals and databases using validated chemical name dictionaries

                  • mobile access, using iPhones and iPads and these links - cs.m.chemspider.com (ChemSpider) and cssp.m.chemspider.com (ChemSpider SyntheticPages)
                  NB: keep up-to-date with the ChemSpider Blog and the ChemSpider Forum discussion list

                  28 November 2010

                  BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National - 7,741 programmes used in November

                  Tickets, please!
                  During November, staff and students used Box of Broadcasts (BoB) National to watch 6,555 TV programmes, and record 1,186.  There were 235 new users in November, increasing the total, in the last few months, to 1,500.

                  Some of the programmes viewed in November were:
                  To login - both on- and off-campus - choose 'UK Federation Login', type in 'St Andrews', click 'Login', and enter your University Account details

                    26 November 2010

                    Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online - 50,000 words added

                    John Stuart Mill
                    © Routledge
                    Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online (or REP Online) is an essential philosophy reference tool for staff and students in a wide range of disciplines, and is regarded as the 'definitive resource in the field'.

                    REP Online offers over 2,000 state-of-the-art articles by more than 1,300 leading scholars and philosophers. It is regularly upgraded with new material, revisions, bibliographies, etc.

                    It covers philosophy from all continents and all periods, and includes the latest international scholarship and developments in the subject. Topics include Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy.   

                    NB: The latest upgrade adds more than 50,000 words of content and 48 full revisions of core content

                    25 November 2010

                    Open University e-books - free on iTunes U

                    The Open University (OU) has made 100 free e-books available on iTunes U, and plans to add another 200 titles, before the end of 2010.  It aims to provide interactive e-books as standard, for all future Open University courses.

                    iTunes U is an area of Apple's iTunes store which is dedicated to educational content.  The site lists the OU's top downloaded titles.  OU content can be downloaded to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, via the iTunes Store.

                    The Open University's OpenLearn site already provides free access to OU course materials, to everyone.

                    24 November 2010

                    New e-Resource - RSC eBooks 2009 and 2010 Collections

                    The Royal Society of Chemistry eBook Collections for 2009 and 2010 have recently been acquired on an unlimited, perpetual access basis.

                    These supplement our existing RSC eBook Collection of books published between 1968-2008, giving access - in total - to more than 945 complete textbooks, monographs, conference proceedings and reference works.

                    The RSC eBook Collection is a definitive point of reference for chemical science, providing a comprehensive overview of research and opinion in many areas - from food and medical science, to energy and environmental issues.  Content is continually updated, with new titles added as they are published during each year.

                    All e-book titles are listed in SAULCAT.

                    NB: all e-book chapters have individual DOI's making it easy to create stable direct links to them, for use in teaching, reading lists, etc

                    23 November 2010

                    Moving Image e-Resources - a different perspective

                    Need a new perspective on a subject? Give yourself a break from print by exploring some of the moving image e-resources that the Library provides.

                    These cover many subjects and offer a different slant on events, from the written word. Material is copyright-cleared for educational purposes:
                    • BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National - shared online streaming service for over 50 current and archived TV and radio channels 
                    • Film and Sound Online - subject collections of film, video and sound material for downloading and use in learning, teaching and research
                    • NewsFilm Online - 3,000 hours of TV news and cinema newsreels, from the ITN/Reuters archive, from the 1910s to the present day
                    • News on Screen - database of 20th Century British cinema and newsreel releases (1910-1983), linked to 40,000 downloadable newsreels from the British Pathe collection
                    • ScreenOnline - encyclopaedia of British film and TV with hundreds of hours of film and TV clips from the collections of the BFI (British Film Institute) National Archive
                    Databases which can be used to find details of relevant audiovisual material, include:
                    • Find DVD - database of over 26,000 international audiovisual programmes either currently, or once, in distribution.  Includes DVDs, video tapes, slides, podcasts, CDs and websites
                    • Moving Image Gateway - 1,000 websites relating to moving image and sound materials
                    • TRILT (Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching) - programme guide to UK TV and radio broadcasts, and index to 450,000 hours of off-air TV and radio recorded since 1998
                    • TVTip - index to the London region TVTimes magazine, from 1955-1985
                    • This Week (1956-1992) - contextual information about the ITV current affairs series

                    21 November 2010

                    The Philosopher's Index - the premier index to scholarly publications in philosophy

                    Doing research in philosophy and related fields? - then use The Philosopher’s Index database, the world's premier index to scholarly philosophical publications.

                    Over 680 international journals are indexed, as well as books, anthologies, book reviews, etc., from 1940 to the present.

                    All major areas of philosophy are covered - aesthetics, axiology, epistemology, ethics, metaphilosophy, metaphysics, logic, political and social philosophy, as well as material on the philosophy of anthropology, education, history, language, law, religion and science.

                    Many of the records include abstracts - summaries of the content of the articles - and links into full-text.

                    Access The Philosopher's Index from the A-Z Databases page or from SAULCAT; off-campus access uses your University Username and Password.

                    18 November 2010

                    New e-Resource - Taylor & Francis Geography, Planning, Urban and Environment Online

                    We now have free permanent access to 28 journals in the Taylor and Francis Geography, Planning, Urban and Environment Online archive. 

                    In each case, coverage is from Vol 1, up to 1996, and access to over 20,000 articles is provided. Access has been funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on behalf of UK HE.

                    Titles include European Planning Studies, the Journal of Architecture, and the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

                    All titles have been added to SAULCAT and to the E-Journals pages.

                    Rock's Backpages - from the Stones to the Stone Roses

                    Which singer was called 'devious, truculent and unreliable' by Judge John Weeks? - use Rock's Backpages to find out.

                    Classed as the 'ultimate rock & roll library online', Rock's Backpages is the largest database of rock music journalism in the world.

                    It covers over 2,500 artists and all types of popular music, from the 1950s to the present - from Abba to Zappa, the Stones to the Stone Roses, from Elvis to Eminem.

                    Over 25,000 articles, interviews and reviews by rock's finest writers and critics, from international publications such as Rolling Stone, New Musical Express, Melody Maker, etc., make it an invaluable resource for studies in genre, politics and subcultures, cultural history, and other subjects.

                    Off-campus access: login with your University account details

                    17 November 2010

                    Free Classical and World Music downloads

                    Every two weeks, Alexander Street Press, one of our e-resource providers, offers free music downloads:

                    All tracks are owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and are available for a limited time
                    Sign up for e-mail alerts for downloads, on that page

                    All tracks are owned by Alexander Street Press
                    Sign up here for e-mail alerts for new classical music downloads

                    15 November 2010

                    Trial e-Resource - Faculty of 1000 (Biology & Medicine)

                    We have a trial of the new Faculty of 1000 (F1000) database, until 15 December 2010.

                    F1000 identifies and evaluates the most important articles in Biology and Medicine, based on the recommendations of an international  'Faculty' of over 10,000 leading scientists and clinicians.

                    On average, 1,500 new evaluations are published each month, which corresponds to roughly the top 2% of published articles in these subjects.

                    F1000 combines F1000 Biology and F1000 Medicine and includes:
                    • The Scientist - a magazine providing daily news, video interviews, debates, feature articles with opinions and syntheses of the latest biomedicine ideas, and Faculty member profiles
                    • F1000 Posters - an open access repository for biology and medicine conference posters
                    • F1000 Reports - short, peer-reviewed commentaries on emerging themes in biology and medicine, written by Faculty Members
                      NB:  register on site to comment on articles, tailor MyF1000 to your research interest, and receive regular email alerts and F1000 News Updates

                      NB: Faculty of 1000 was originally conceived as a collaboration of 1000 international Faculty Members; although these now number more than 10,000, the name has been retained

                      Feedback would be appreciated

                      13 November 2010

                      ScienceDirect - unavailable 13 November

                      ScienceDirect will be unavailable on Saturday 13 November, for approximately 9 hours between 12:30 pm - 9:30 pm. This is to allow scheduled maintenance to take place.

                      Elsevier, the provider, apologises for any inconvenience that this will cause.

                      10 November 2010

                      Searching for a specific article?

                      Know which journal the article you need was published in, but not sure how to find it?

                      Articles are not listed in SAULCAT, the Library catalogue - you must search for the journals they were published in.
                      • select 'Periodicals and Journals' Search in SAULCAT
                      • then 'Title' Search, if you know the journal the article was published in
                      • not sure of the precise journal title? - then use 'Keyword' Search and some journal title words
                      • type in the journal title or keywords eg Land Economics
                      • you'll then see if the Library subscribes to it in print or online, or both ...
                      • plus the time period you have access to, and the off-campus access method (for e-journals)
                      • if the online version is available, you'll see a link into the e-journal - there may be several links if there are different routes into it
                      • if so, select the one which covers the time period for the article
                      • and you can then search for, or locate, the article you need
                      • if no print or online subscription to the journal is held, you are welcome to use the Library's Interlibrary Loan service
                      If you know that the article was published in a specific e-journal, you could also access the journal - if we subscribe to it - via the E-Journals page

                      NB: our St Andrews identifier may be incorporated into the access links for some of our subscribed e-journals, so use SAULCAT or the E-Journals page links for access - other routes into an e-journal may not let you view the full-text

                      30 October 2010

                      Time on your hands?

                      ... then why not investigate a small selection of time-related items which serves to demonstrate the breadth of the Library's e-resources collection:
                      (you may need to login to some with your University account details)

                      28 October 2010

                      LOCKSS - Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe

                      Significant investment in electronic content is made by libraries, which makes long-term archiving and guaranteed continuing access for users, an imperative.

                      To support these aims, the Library has purchased a number of important permanent-access e-journal archives and databases, some of which result from national negotiations with publishers.

                      In addition, many nationally-negotiated licence agreements for e-journals now include archiving clauses, and international digital archiving services such as LOCKSS and Portico exist to preserve, and provide continued access to, scholarly literature in electronic form.

                      The Library uses LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), a digital preservation system developed at Stanford University.  LOCKSS collects publisher-authorised e-journal content using a web crawler, archives it locally, and provides access when a 'trigger' event occurs e.g. if normal distribution channels are not available; if a title ceases publication; or becomes unavailable through a publisher's website.

                      The Library made a successful bid for JISC funding for the UK LOCKSS Pilot programme, in 2005.  It became an early member of the world-wide LOCKSS Alliance, and continues as a member of the UK LOCKSS Alliance.  It is also a participant in Portico, a world-wide digital preservation service which, like LOCKSS, is used by a partnership of hundreds of scholarly publishers and academic libraries.

                      26 October 2010

                      CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)

                      CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) is a comprehensive full-text database for political science, area studies, international law and business, policy formation, and country analysis, from 1991 onwards.

                      It contains over 500,000 pages of journal articles, e-books, conference proceedings, working papers,  occasional papers and policy briefs, as well as original case studies and course packs for teaching. E-journals and e-books in CIAO have been included in SAULCAT.

                      Interviews, videos, detailed country maps, and in-depth political and economic data from the Economist Intelligence Unit are also included.  A monthly CIAO Focus is featured, and all past topics are archived. (User Guide)  

                      NB: off-campus access to CIAO requires on-campus self-registration; Distance Students should contact jmy for access

                      24 October 2010

                      Contribute to the British Library's UK SoundMap

                      Take part in helping the British Library to create the first nationwide sound map. The UK SoundMap is a fascinating survey of the acoustic landscape ('soundscape') of Britain.

                      Why collect everyday sounds?  Well, by recording your surroundings using the free AudioBoo app for smartphones, or a web browser, you can contribute to the British Library's digital collections and help to build a permanent research resource, to answer such questions as:
                      • what does the UK sound like today?
                      • what impact do these sounds have on our lives?
                      Visit the SoundMap to hear what other members of the public have already recorded - everything from seals in Shetland to laughter in Ledbury.  Related maps can be viewed on the Archival Sound Recordings website.

                      NB: Only one recording from Fife so far!

                      22 October 2010

                      MathSciNet - newest release

                      MathSciNet provides reviews and abstracts of international mathematical sciences literature (articles, books, conference proceedings, etc), from 1940 to the present.

                      Over 2 million items, and 1 million links to original articles are included, as are details of earlier articles dating back to early 1800's. Over 100,000 new items are added each year.

                      Latest enhancements include:
                      • improved display of mathematics using MathJax, open source JavaScript display software
                      • direct links to books, book chapters and series, using publisher DOI's

                      20 October 2010

                      New e-Resource - APA Books 2009 E-Collection (Psychology)

                      Permanent, unlimited access to the 42 full-text e-books in the APA Books 2009 E-Collection is now available.

                      Published by the American Psychological Association, APA Books E-Collections provide scholarly content in psychology and related disciplines (including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, neuroscience, and physiology).

                      All these titles are listed in SAULCAT; off-campus access uses your University Username and Password.

                      18 October 2010

                      'Locked' e-book message

                      If you encounter a 'temporarily locked' message when you try to access an e-book, please get in touch, as soon as this happens.

                      Many e-books use digital rights management software to protect publishers' copyright and to restrict the number of pages which can be copied or printed. The software used by MyiLibrary e-books can be triggered by turning pages too quickly (interpreted as copying or downloading excessive amounts), and the e-book becomes temporarily 'locked'.

                      NB: this happens rarely, but needs to be resolved by MyiLibrary staff, when it does. If you see this message, then please contact jmy

                      NB: some of our e-books don't offer unlimited accesses, so there may be (rare) occasions where you are told an e-book is 'in use' and will have to wait until someone logs out. This is quite different from the 'temporarily locked' message mentioned above

                      15 October 2010

                      Journal Archives - Neurology, NeuroReport and American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

                      Reflex action
                      Full-text archives of the following e-journals have been purchased, on a permanent access basis:
                      • American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 1993 - present
                      • Neurology 1951 - present
                      • NeuroReport 1990 - present
                      Each individual title has been added to SAULCAT and to the E-Journals pages.

                      NB: All offer RSS feeds for Current Tables of Contents and Published Ahead of Print articles, as well as a personal Workspace for saved articles, search strategies, annotations and alerts.

                      13 October 2010

                      Blog feedback - survey results

                      Thanks to everyone who voted in the quick survey of what you'd like to read in future blog entries. The most preferred topics were:
                            • Details of e-resources = 75%
                            • E-resource changes = 58%
                            • Hints and tips = 50%
                      while some way behind, but still regarded as important, were:
                            • National e-resource issues = 34%
                            • Online training guides = 34%
                            • Usage figures = 34%
                      Do keep checking back - lots more information to come.

                      12 October 2010

                      Finding e-Books: Hints and Tips

                      Interested in browsing the thousands of e-books that you have access to?
                      • To find e-books relating to a specific subject, do a Keyword Search in SAULCAT for 'electronic book' and the subject you're interested in eg 'French', 'economics', 'philosophy'
                      This won't retrieve every e-book that you might find useful, but it will give you an indication of what the Library holds.
                      • To find a specific e-book, search for it in the same way as a printed book eg by Author and Title Word Search, or by Author, Title or Keyword.
                      NB: Remember to check the regularly-updated New e-Books feed, on the Library Home page, too.

                      11 October 2010

                      Oxford Reference Online - learn something new every day

                      'In the seafaring world, what is St Elmo's Fire?'

                      Improve your general knowledge - sign up to Oxford Reference's daily Fact of the Day and get fascinating facts from over 240 reference works published by Oxford University Press.

                      The Library's Oxford Reference subscription gives you access to language and subject dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, quotations, maps, illustrations, biographies, timelines, etc., and covers subjects from art and architecture to zoology. It also includes many of the Oxford Companions series.

                      Each of the individual reference works is listed in SAULCAT

                      8 October 2010

                      New e-Resources - Scientific Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

                      Here are some of our new, permanent-access online dictionaries and encyclopedias for plant science, ecology, biology, and medicine:

                      All titles are listed individually in SAULCAT.

                      Off-campus access: login with your University account details.

                      NB: these titles can be searched individually, or simultaneously, across all the 239 e-books in the CAB eBooks Archive, for maximum results.  Try it and see ...

                        7 October 2010

                        Trial e-Resource - Russian Newspapers and Journals

                        We have free trial access to three Russia-based databases via East View Information Services, until 27 October 2010.
                        * Russian Central Newspapers Online  (flyer)
                             Russian national news, current events, economic developments and cultural events. Includes several English-language newspapers 

                        * Social Sciences and Humanities Journals  (flyer)
                             full-text journals in sociology, philosophy, history, economy, pedagogy, politics and law, many published by the Russian Academy of Sciences

                        * Universal Database of the Moscow State University Herald  (flyer) 
                             Moscow State University publications covering chemistry, economy, history, law, mathematics, and more

                        NB: One interesting feature is a 'virtual keyboard' for Belarusian, Russian, Ukranian and Usbek input

                        Feedback about these resources would be appreciated.

                        6 October 2010

                        New e-Resource - Taylor and Francis E-Book Bestseller Package: Psychology

                        We now have permanent access to nearly 100 e-books in the Taylor and Francis E-Book Bestseller Package: Psychology

                        This is a collection of best-selling textbooks and reference works from Psychology Press, Routledge, and Taylor and Francis. All titles are listed in SAULCAT.

                        We have 3 concurrent-accesses to each e-book, and you can access from off-campus, using your University Username and Password.

                        You can view individual e-books or search across the whole collection, bookmark, highlight passages, and add notes.

                        NB: You can also save your own selection of pages and chapters, and add notes to create your own personal Research Book of up to 100 pages.

                          1 October 2010

                          Off-Campus Access: Hints and Tips

                          Please note: ATHENS accounts were phased out in July 2011

                          *  off-campus access to e-resources may use ATHENS, a national authentication system, or, increasingly, your University Account Username and Password

                          only current staff and students of the University are eligible for an ATHENS account

                          SAULCAT, the online catalogue, will tell you if the Library subscribes to a print or e-resource; what period you have access to (if it's an e-journal); and what access method you should use if you're off-campus

                          *  if you're on-campus (including Residences), you will not usually need to login to e-resources (a couple of e-resources do require an on-campus login)

                          if you are asked to login, on- or off-campus, or to pay online for an article, this generally indicates that the Library doesn't subscribe to that e-resource, or doesn't have online access to that particular volume or year of a journal - check SAULCAT to make sure.  It might be available to you in printed form.

                          register for an ATHENS account at the Library Service Desk, or at the J F Allen Library (for North Haugh Schools). You'll then be sent details to use for creating your personal ATHENS account

                          Forms for ATHENS Registration are here

                          ATHENS account creation must be done from a computer on-campus

                          Distance students should send or e-mail signed, completed ATHENS forms to jmy@st-andrews.ac.uk

                          once created, your personal ATHENS Username and Password will give you off-campus access to e-resources which require this type of authentication

                          you cannot access resources bought by another University, or ones which which are not subscribed to by this Library, even if they offer an ATHENS login link.  This will only work for subscribing institutions

                          some databases use your University account Username and Password, for off-campus access, and will have a UK Federation WAYF/Institutional Login/Login via your Home Institution/Shibboleth login link.  Choose 'University of St Andrews' from the list and login with your University account details

                          University Username and Password access will eventually replace ATHENS off-campus access

                          Details of how to find which e-resources you have access to are given here

                            30 September 2010

                            New e-Resource - CAB eBooks Archive

                            The CAB eBooks Archive contains 239 full-text e-books published by CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International), between 2000-2004.

                            Subjects covered include Agriculture; Animal and Veterinary Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Human Health, Food and Nutrition; Leisure and Tourism; and Plant Sciences.

                            All titles are listed individually in SAULCATUniversity staff and students have permanent access to these e-books.

                            Off-campus access: login with your University account details.

                            27 September 2010

                            Get acquainted with your e-Resources

                            Especially for new staff and students - a quick reminder of how to find out which e-resources (databases, e-books and e-journals) you have access to, through the Library.

                            Off-campus access details are given, too.

                            24 September 2010

                            DVD Collection - more being added weekly

                            A large DVD collection of feature films, drama and documentaries, is held on Level 3 of the Library.  These are mainly selected to support Film Studies, but also other subjects e.g. English, History, French, Spanish, and German.

                            More DVDs are added every week - subscribe to the regular Latest DVDs feed on the Library Home page, to keep up-to-date with new ones.

                            Most DVDs can be borrowed for up to 3 days, by University staff and students, or viewed on the equipment in that area (controls are issued from the Service Desk).

                            NB: Don't forget that BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National gives you 24/7 online access to thousands of films and TV programmes

                            23 September 2010

                            More4 - missed programmes available on DVD

                            More4 has recently been added to the TV channels covered by the BUFVC’s (British Universities Film and Video Council) off-air recording back-up service.

                            Programmes are available from 11 June 2010 onward - so you can now request DVD copies of missed programmes through TRILT, the Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching database.

                            Current More4 programmes can be viewed or recorded in BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National.

                            22 September 2010

                            New Student? - some useful e-resources

                            If you're a new student - Welcome!  You'll become familiar with our range of great e-resources (databases, e-books, e-journals) during your studies, but here are a few which you might use often:
                            We have many other databases in most subjects, available 24/7, both on- and off-campus -  so take your time, have a browse, ask us if you need advice ... enjoy

                            21 September 2010

                            GeoRef - explore Geosciences literature

                            Devil's Marbles
                            GeoRef is also now available through the new Engineering Village platform

                            Established by the American Geological Institute, GeoRef is a comprehensive database of the world's geosciences literature, from 1785-present (North America); 1933-present (rest of the world).   It contains over 3 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, reports, conference papers and theses, and includes many links into available full-text.

                            It is updated weekly, with more than 100,000 new references being added every year.


                                 *  GeoRef and GEOBASE can be searched simultaneously
                                 *  Searches can be made more specific, by using Google Maps

                              20 September 2010

                              GEOBASE - Earth Sciences database

                              GEOBASE is now available through a new provider, Engineering Village.

                              GEOBASE indexes international earth sciences literature from 1980-present - covering human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation.

                              It indexes thousands of journals, book series, conference proceedings, etc., and provides links into subscribed full-text.  It is updated weekly.

                              NB: It includes the ability to refine searches by using Google Maps

                              15 September 2010

                              New e-Resource - Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports 1974-1996

                              We now have permanent access to the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports database - 'the United States' principal record of political and historical open source intelligence'.  This has been funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on behalf of UK HE.

                              This e-resource covers 1974-1996 and includes a wealth of transcripts of broadcasts, newswires, newspapers, journals and government statements from around the world, translated into English.  The following countries and time periods are covered:
                              • Middle East and North Africa, 1974–1987 
                              • Near East and South Asia, 1987–1996 
                              • South Asia, 1980–1987 
                              • Sub-Saharan Africa, 1974–1980 and Africa, 1987–1996 
                              • Eastern Europe, 1974–1996
                                Off-campus access uses your University account Username and Password.

                                Other local news media subscriptions include Factiva, Nexis (News and Business), and MideastWire.com.

                                14 September 2010

                                Blog - survey results

                                The results of the quick poll about this blog are very encouraging - thank you.  88% of respondents classed it as 'essential'; 6% as 'very useful', and 6% as 'quite useful'.

                                A new poll is now in place, and any additional comments and suggestions you'd care to make would be appreciated.