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.

      13 September 2010

      JSTOR - a valuable resource

      The JSTOR (Journal STORage) database archives over 1,100 digitised e-journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, from volume 1 onward.  Most have a 3-5 year moving wall between the content in JSTOR and the current published issue.  This agreement between JSTOR and publishers is designed to protect the revenue from the sales of current issues.

      The breadth of coverage and the multi-disciplinary, scholarly content makes JSTOR one of our most heavily-used e-resource subscriptions, and represents excellent cost-per-use value.

      In 2009, the number of 'significant' accesses from St Andrews = 1,173,388. This was made up of:
      • Searches = 258,031
      • Pages viewed = 713,871
      • Browsing = 79,358
      • Article prints/downloads = 122,128 (17% increase from 2008)
      Many libraries have taken advantage of JSTOR's secure long-term archiving to free up valuable shelf-space and reduce staff costs, whilst improving user access to information.

        7 September 2010

        New e-Resource - Illustrated London News Historical Archive

        The Nile Expedition
        Nov 8, 1888
        © Illustrated London News
        The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003, recently acquired by the Library, provides unprecedented access to historical, social, cultural and political source material, invaluable for cross-disciplinary research.

        The Illustrated London News was the world’s first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, providing a unique visual archive of Britain and the world, from the early Victorian era to the end of the 20th Century.   

        The Historical Archive offers 260,000 searchable pages and over 1.5 million accomplished engravings, sketches and photographs, which act as an 'eyewitness to the past'.

        It presents a vivid picture of British and world events, coverings topics as diverse as the arts, ceremonies, disasters, scientific discoveries, expeditions, and wars - the French Revolution in 1848, the Maori football tour of 1888, the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, the opening of Tutankhamen's tomb in 1923, and world events up to 2003.

        6 September 2010

        ATHENS accounts for 2010-2011

         Please note: ATHENS accounts were phased out in July 2011

        ATHENS accounts have been extended for the 2010-2011 academic year. Only current staff and students of the University of St Andrews are eligible for an ATHENS account.

        NB: you can only access e-resources which the Library subscribes to - even if you see an ATHENS login, you will not have access to e-resources which are not subscribed to, or to ones bought by another University