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