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