23 December 2011

New Database - Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text

 A reminder that we have access to the Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text database.

FTLI is a comprehensive bibliographic and full-text database covering the entire spectrum of film and television, and has been described as 'the definitive online tool for film and television research'.

It provides the full text of over 120 journals and 100 books, and also indexes over 380 journals and gives abstracts (summaries) of their content.

Subject coverage includes Film and Television Theory; Preservation and Restoration; Writing; Production; Cinematography; Technical Aspects; Reviews, etc.

It also includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to the present, and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.

NB:  FTLI complements the Film Indexes Online database, which consists of Film Index International, the FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals and the American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog

22 December 2011

Dissertations and Theses database - now Full-Text

Our subscription to the Proquest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database has been upgraded to the full-text version, for 2012.  Until now, we had access to 24-page previews only. 

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses with Full Text is a comprehensive collection of international dissertations and theses.

It includes over 1.2 million full text dissertations that you can download in PDF form. PQDT offers the full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997, and also for many older theses. More than 70,000 new full-text dissertations are added every year.

As well as providing full-text, PQDT also includes 2.7 million searchable citations to international dissertations and theses, from 1861 to the present day, so is an excellent finding tool for relevant theses.

N.B: you also have access to the Index to Theses database which provides a comprehensive list of higher degree theses accepted by UK and Irish Universities, since 1716.

Over 16,000 new theses are added annually, and Index to Theses also provides links to over 50,000 full text theses freely available from University repositories, or from the British Library's EThOS online theses site

21 December 2011

Off-campus access to e-resources

Remember that if you're away from St Andrews, you can still access most Library e-resources using your University Account Username and Password (the same as you use for University e-mail).

You can access via:

  • A-Z Databases page
  • SAULCAT, the Library catalogue
  • the E-Journals pages also link to individual e-journals (which are also listed in SAULCAT)
  • or via SEEKER, the Library’s new search service, which allows you to do a single search across many of the Library's databases
If you’re not sure which off-campus access method to use, check the A-Z Databases page.

Logging in:
  • select the database you want to search
  • use the login link that you'll see on that database (you may have to look carefully for it)
  • it will say something like: UK Federation WAYF / Institutional Login / Login via your Home Institution / Shibboleth login / Alternative login, or similar
  • then enter your University account details to access
Please note:
    • the previous method of off-campus access, using ATHENS, is no longer used
    • you may continue to see ATHENS logins on some e-resources, but these links are no longer relevant to you, and you should ignore them (some Universities continue to use ATHENS) 

    19 December 2011

    Important Changes to Management Databases

    Please be aware that our access to the Emerald Fulltext database will end on 31 December 2011.

    Staff and teaching in the School of Management have changed a great deal since we first subscribed to Emerald in 2003, and the fact that teaching and research emphases now lie elsewhere was the catalyst for the School's decision to investigate alternative subject databases.

    We will retain perpetual access to the Emerald backfiles (more than 100 years of management research), the Emerald Business, Management and Economics eBook Series Collection, and the Emerald Social Sciences eBook Series Collection.  All the titles in these collections are listed in SAULCAT.

    This focus on new areas of teaching and research has led to a number of new business and management databases being purchased in the last year:
    contains the full text of more than 2,100 journals, back to 1965. Coverage includes marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics
      comprehensive access to details of published scholarly material in science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities
              Market awareness and information on public and private companies. The Deals module provides information on Mergers and Acquisitions; the Ownership module includes global share ownership data and investor profiles.

              * A Username and Password are required for access; please request  this
              • EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts
              a subscription to this new database will begin in January 2012

              Please note: all existing links to the current Emerald journal titles will be removed from SAULCAT and the database web pages very soon

              15 December 2011

              The British Newspaper Archive - read all about it and other newspapers!

              The British Newspaper Archive has received much press coverage since it became available at the end of November.

              The British Library has partnered with brightsolid online publishing, to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the BL's vast newspaper collection, over the next 10 years.

              The archive offers full-text access to hundreds of historic UK regional newspapers, published between 1700-1940.  65 million newspaper articles, covering the most significant events of the last 300 years, are now available. 

              At present, the British Newspaper Archive is aimed at personal subscribers. You can search the site for free, but full-text access costs £6.95 for 48 hour access; £29.95 for 30 days, or £79.95 for an annual subscription.  There is no institutional subscription available yet.

              Please note - the Library has access to an equivalent database in Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers

              The Library also subscribes to many other online newspaper resources:

              20 November 2011

              Trial e-Resource - International Studies Online

              We have trial access to the International Studies Online database, the online version of the 12-volume International Studies Encyclopedia, until 14 December 2011.

              International Studies Online is the result of The International Studies Compendium Project, published in association with the International Studies Association.

              It is is the 'first major reference work of this scale' in international studies and international relations.

              It includes over 400 specially-commissioned, peer reviewed essays of up to 10,000 words, written and edited by an international team of academics.

              It also offers live links to archives, datasets, cases, teaching aids, etc., and is updated twice annually.
                  Different sections include:
                  • Diplomatic Studies
                  • Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration
                  • Feminist Theory and Gender Studies
                  • Foreign Policy Analysis
                  • Global Development Studies
                  • Human Rights
                  • Intelligence Studies
                  • International Communication
                  • International Ethics
                  • International Organization
                  • International Political Economy
                  • International Security Studies
                  • Peace Studies
                  • Post-Communist States in IR
                  NB: International Studies Online also includes a live discussion forum

                  15 November 2011

                  Special offer - free dvd copies of earlier TV programmes

                  Missed a TV programme, aired between 1995-2006, that you wanted for teaching or research? - we may be able to get a DVD copy for you.

                  All you need to do is:
                  • login to TRILT, the Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching database
                  • use your University account details
                  • identify programmes from BBC1-4, ITV1, C4 or C5
                  • and request a free DVD copy, via TRILT, if it is available
                  TRILT lists programmes back to 1995, and supplements BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National, the TV/radio streaming service which covers programmes between 2006-present.

                  Once received, DVDs are held in the Library's extensive DVD collection on Level 2, and details added to SAULCAT.  They can be viewed in the Library or borrowed for teaching.

                  14 November 2011

                  Keep up to date with the Library - Twitter and Facebook

                  Keep up-to-date with new developments and any issues affecting the Library's e-resources, by checking:
                  Both are updated several times a week, so please check back regularly.

                  As well as highlighting any database changes or issues, Twitter and Facebook also publicise many other aspects of the Library service - opening hours, database trials, new services and innovations, Rare Books, Library blogs, Library redevelopment, surveys, lectures and events, etc.

                  You'll find the Twitter and Facebook links on the Library Home page.  Feel free to follow us.

                  Comments and suggestions would be appreciated!

                  13 November 2011

                  Royal Society journal archive - now freely accessible

                  *  Benjamin Franklin's
                  kite experiment

                  The Royal Society has made its world-renowned journal archive, freely accessible, on a permanent basis.  

                  The Society is the world’s oldest scientific publisher, with Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the very first peer-reviewed scientific journal, appearing in 1665. 

                  The archive offers over 60,000 full-text scientific papers, and provides an unrivalled historical record of the evolution of science, that spans nearly 350 years.


                  The opening up of the archive is part of the Royal Society’s ongoing commitment to open access in scientific publishing, and follows the publication of Open Biology, the Society's first ever fully open access journal.

                  * © Bridgeman Art Library/ Private Collection

                  10 November 2011

                  ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts

                  A reminder that we have access to the ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts database, the premier tool for finding published research in marine biology and aquatic sciences.

                  Over 5,000 journals, books, reports, conference proceedings, etc., are indexed by this e-resource. Abstracts (short summaries) are also provided.

                  ASFA includes the following subsets, all of which can be searched simultaneously
                  Off-campus access: login with your University account details.

                    9 November 2011

                    Free SpringerLink App

                    Research on the move - login to SpringerLink wherever you are, by downloading the new free App from the iTunes store.

                    SpringerLink
                    is
                    a full-text database platform for journals, e-books, handbooks, book series, etc., published by Springer, and covering every area of science, technology and medicine.

                    Our subscription provides full-text access to all Springer e-journals from 1997- onward, as well as permanent access to the complete Springer eBook Collection of over 30,000 English-language titles, published between 2005-2011.

                    Links to each Springer journal and e-book have been added to SAULCAT.

                    NB: the Springer eBook Collection includes permanent full-text access to Lecture Notes in Physics (LNP), Mathematics (LNM) and Computer Science (LNCS), plus any sub-series, published between 1997-2011.

                    3 November 2011

                    Trial e-Resource - State Papers Online Part IV: The Stuarts: James to Anne, 1603-1714

                    Queen Anne
                    © Gale Cengage
                    We have trial access to State Papers Online Part IV: The Stuarts: James to Anne, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council, until 2 December 2011.

                    State Papers Online 1509-1714 is a large digital manuscript archive offering over 3 million pages of 16th and 17th Century State Papers (Domestic, Foreign, Scotland, Ireland) and Registers of the Privy Council, relevant to research in political, governmental, social, economic, and religious history (factsheet).

                    State Papers Online Part IV covers the 17th Century, one of the most turbulent periods of transition and unrest in British and European history.  It offers a wealth of full-text primary source documents which detail great international themes of this time - the Thirty Years’ War, the Great Turkish War, the end of the Dutch Revolt, the English Civil War, etc.

                    Wars and treaties, revolutions, marriage alliances, trade and commerce and religion, are all themes covered by this final installment of the four-part archive.

                    A Username and Password are required for access - please get in touch to request these (University staff and students only), then use our trial access.

                    NB: The Library already holds permanent access to State Papers Online Parts I-III

                    30 October 2011

                    ACS (American Chemical Society) - access issues

                    The ACS (American Chemical Society) Web Editions platform is currently experiencing intermittent technical problems.   Until these have been resolved, you may encounter:
                    • problems when searching
                    • slow or unresponsive site performance
                    • interrupted sessions
                    • difficulty with downloading articles
                    ACS apologises for the inconvenience and is working urgently to resolve these issues.

                    27 October 2011

                    New e-Resource - Film Indexes Online

                    We now have access to the Film Indexes Online database, an authoritative research resource for cinema and film studies.  It also covers history, literature, music and performing arts resources.

                    FIO consists of Film Index International, the FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals and the American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog.  These important resources can be cross-searched or searched independently.
                      Film Index International

                      a comprehensive filmography, from 1900 to the present.  Covers more than 125,000 films and 800,000 film personalities, from over 180 countries. Includes information on film awards, searchable plot summaries, cast and crew lists, plus film synopses and production details.
                        The FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals (Plus)

                        almost 400,000 article references from nearly 340 academic and popular film journals, between 1972 to the present.  Provides expert international contributions on film preservation, cataloguing and documentation. Also offers over 85,000 full-text articles from approx 40 key journals. 

                        The American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog

                        a national filmography, documenting the history of American cinema.  Over 17,500 entries cover the early years of American film from 1893-1910, and the 48,000+  films produced between 1893-1974.  Provides full production and cast information, extensive plot summaries, etc.

                          26 October 2011

                          Open Access Week 24-30 October 2011

                          Open Access Week is an annual global event promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research, with widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, and industry.

                          Not sure what Open Access is? - the JISC website defines it as "free online access to the outputs of publicly funded research ... typically focused on peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers"

                          The Library has staff dedicated to developing and promoting St Andrews’ contribution to Open Access.  Check out their informative new web pages:

                          25 October 2011

                          Trial e-Resource - Congressional Hearings Digital Collection

                          We have a free trial of Proquest's Congressional Hearings Digital Collection database, until 30 November 2011.

                          A Username and Password are required for access - please get in touch to request these (University staff and students only).

                          This resource contains the full-text of all published U.S. Congressional hearings held, from 1824 - present. It also contains unpublished hearings held prior to 1973 (House), and prior to 1984 (Senate).

                          Hearings cover a wide range of topics, including foreign and domestic policy, science and technology, medicine, national defence, business, and social issues. They contain full transcripts of the proceedings, including oral and written statements, question and answer sessions with Members of Congress, discussions, and other material such as articles, reports, correspondence, etc.

                          This resource forms an unparalleled documentary record of events and public policy issues faced by America, as well as the objectives and actions of Congress in dealing with these.

                          23 October 2011

                          New e-Resource - Oxford Scholarship Online: Classical Studies

                          Oxford Scholarship Online: Classical Studies joins our existing Oxford Scholarship Online modules in Economics and Finance, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion. 

                          The Classical Studies module contains over 200 full-text Oxford University Press monographs which can be cross-searched with the 2,370 e-books in the other subscribed modules. 

                          Classical Studies has been purchased as a permanent access collection

                          All titles are listed individually in SAULCAT

                          NB: you can create quick links to individual e-books and chapters for online reading lists, etc., by using the unique digital object identifiers (DOIs)

                          19 October 2011

                          SEEKER Snippet 12: why isn't full-text available for all search results?

                          SEEKER searches across a wide range of the Library's online database subscriptions, as well as SAULCAT, the Library catalogue.

                          Many of these databases provide full-text search results, but not all - some are specialised indexing or abstracting databases, which can help you discover published research in a certain area.

                          Indexing databases - such as Philosopher's Index - index the content of many journals, usually in a specific subject, and provide bibliographic details (author, title, article details) of published secondary source material.  Abstracting databases - such as Historical Abstracts - also provide a brief summary (abstract) of the article.

                          Comprehensive research, especially at advanced level, will involve searching across a range of resources, not only ones which provide full-text.

                          Most SEEKER search results will link to full-text where we have access; however, since thousands of journals are covered by the indexing and abstracting databases included in SEEKER, it's inevitable that there will be some journals that we don't have full-text access to.

                          NB: You can limit your SEEKER search results to full-text or available material only by using the ‘Refine your Results’ checkboxes (to the left of your SEEKER search results)

                          NB: remember that we can get you copies of articles which we don't hold, through the Library's Interlibrary Loans service

                          18 October 2011

                          Trial e-Resources - EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts and EIU Country Data

                          Our free trial of the EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts + EIU Country Data databases has just begun.  

                          The trial will end on 17 November 2011.

                          EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts provides global market indicators and forecasts back to 1990; economic, demographic, consumption and industry forecasts for 60 major markets worldwide, over the next five years, and longer-term economic projections. 

                          EIU Country Data gives economic indicators and forecasts, covering 317 series for 201 countries, as well as 45 regional aggregates, from 1980, and forecasting over five years.

                          Access is from on-campus via the following url: http://eiu.bvdep.com\ip (University staff and students only)

                          12 October 2011

                          New e-Resource - African Writers Series

                          A Question of Power: Bessie Head
                          © ProQuest
                          We have recently acquired permanent online access to the African Writers Series database.

                          It includes over 250 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose, including works by Achebe, Biko, Emecheta, Gordimer, Head, Lessing, Mandela, etc.

                          Between 1962-2003, Heinemann published key texts covering the whole historical range of modern African literature, and this collection forms the African Writers Series database.

                          Content includes work by all the major authors of this period, classic earlier texts and new writing, giving the collection a unique importance in the history of postcolonial writing. Much of the content is out of print. 

                          African Writers Series is accessed through Literature Online (LION), and can be cross-searched with the other LION databases.

                          Links into the individual titles are being added to SAULCAT, the Library catalogue.

                          11 October 2011

                          New E-Resource - The Cecil Papers

                          William Cecil
                          © Chadwyck Healey
                          Following a successful trial, we now have permanent access to The Cecil Papers database.

                          The Cecil Papers form an archive of 16th and 17th century manuscripts, privately held by the Gascoyne-Cecil family at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

                          It contains nearly 30,000 documents gathered by William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son Robert Cecil, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612), both Secretary of State to Elizabeth I.

                          Please see this earlier post for more information.

                          10 October 2011

                          JISC Historic Books - forthcoming enhancements

                          Some new enhancements to the JISC Historic Books platform will be released at the end of October 2011. They include:

                          PDF Download
                           - you will be able to download a single page, a selection of pages or an entire book as a PDF file, within the Historic Book viewer

                          Download information to reference management tools
                           - using the same download option, you will be able to download Historic Book information into reference management tools

                          Advanced Search
                           - this will allow you to search specific fields - initially Author, Title, Bib Name/Number (eg. WING number), Imprint and Place of Publication

                          You will also be able to restrict your search by date and database (eg to EEBO (Early English Books Online) books only, for example).

                          EEBO records enhancement
                           - records for EEBO (Early English Books Online) are also being improved and expanded to enhance searching

                          7 October 2011

                          RSC Publishing Platform maintenance - Saturday 8 October

                          The RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Publishing Platform will be subject to maintenance between 08.00 - 12.00 on Saturday 8 October 2011, which may affect the performance and accessibility of content.

                          This is essential maintenance required for the next release of the RSC Publishing Platform. The RSC apologises for any inconvenience that this will cause.

                          6 October 2011

                          ScienceDirect - off-campus access display issue

                          ScienceDirect display issue - some users are not seeing their search results displayed when they access ScienceDirect from off-campus.

                          This is currently being investigated.  A message will be posted on the Library's Twitter and Facebook pages, once it has been resolved.

                          3 October 2011

                          Get to grips with BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National

                          If you're new to BoB, our 24/7 online TV and radio streaming subscription, and want to get the most of out of it, read on ...

                          You can view four short introductory video tutorials, on the BoB site.
                          If you haven't accessed BoB before, you'll need to register the first time you use it:
                          • type 'St Andrews' into the 'Where are you from' box
                          • click on 'University of St Andrews'
                          • then 'Go to Login', enter your University Account details, and select 'New User'
                          • on the Preferences form, complete the User Information and Account Information areas
                          • make sure you add your University e-mail address
                          • click on Update
                          • then click on the link in the e-mail you'll receive, confirming your registration - and that's it!
                          For all subsequent logins, just login to BoB using your University Username and Password

                          For lots more information about BoB, please see earlier blog entries

                          30 September 2011

                          Early Music Online - over 300 volumes of 16th Century music

                          Early Music Online contains more than 300 digitised volumes of 16th century music - some of the world's earliest surviving volumes of printed music - held in the British Library.

                          These anthologies of printed music contain approximately 10,000 musical compositions. They mainly consist of partbooks of vocal polyphony, but also include some early printed tablatures for keyboard or plucked string instruments. They include music printed in Italy, Germany, France and England. 


                          Highlights of the collection include:
                          • church music by the Flemish composer Josquin des Prez
                          • and the English musicians Thomas Tallis and William Byrd
                          • drinking-songs from Nuremberg
                          • love-songs from Lyon
                          • lute music from Venice and organ music from Leipzig
                          Search Early Music Online content via the British Library Catalogue

                          Click 'I want this' in each catalogue record to access the digitised music.

                          Thanks to a partnership between Royal Holloway, University of London, the British Library, and JISC, this material is now freely available, and can be used for non-commercial purposes.

                          29 September 2011

                          SEEKER - searching made simple


                          SEEKER is our recently launched new search service

                          It allows you to do a single search across most of the Library's e-resources - our many online databases (which provide you with e-journal articles, newspaper reports, e-books, books, book reviews, conference proceedings, theses, etc), and also SAULCAT.


                          We'd love to have your feedback!

                          28 September 2011

                          Oxford Scholarship Online - access problems

                          The Oxford Scholarship Online interface has just been re-launched, but this has resulted in some access issues with the site.

                          Many OSO e-book links in SAULCAT are not resolving correctly, due to this change, neither are chapter-level DOIs. Off-campus access has also been affected.

                          OUP apologises for this inconvenience - their technical staff are taking immediate steps to resolve these issues.

                          27 September 2011

                          Hansard - now included in House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) database

                          The full-text of Hansard (1803-2005), is now included in the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) database.

                          Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

                          It provides a record of parliamentary debates and questions, including written ministerial statements and answers to parliamentary questions, as well as transcripts of the debates. Each Hansard record corresponds to a day’s sitting or written answers, usually covering several topics.

                          This important enhancement to HCPP enables Hansard to be cross-searched with the Sessional Papers of the House of Commons.

                          Hansard can also be browsed by date or Member.

                          26 September 2011

                          New - RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Mobile App

                          Download the new free RSC Mobile app for iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPod), from iTunes.

                          RSC Mobile gives you access to over 30 Royal Society of Chemistry e-journals, and allows you to:
                          • access the latest articles in the RSC journals 
                          • read full-text HTML and PDF articles via the University's wireless network
                          • save articles for reading offline
                          • share your favourite content via email, Twitter or Facebook
                          • get the latest news from the RSC Publishing platform 
                          RSC Mobile FAQ

                          24 September 2011

                          SciFinder Scholar - web-based training

                          SciFinder Scholar is now completely web-based.

                          SciFinder is a research tool that allows you to explore Chemical Abstracts Service databases containing biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science literature, etc.

                          To access, please register for the web version of SciFinder, and choose your own Username and Password.  Login using your University Computer Account Username and Password, then register with your University e-mail address.

                          These details will allow you on- and off-campus access to SciFinder.  They will also allow you anytime, anyplace, unrestricted access to SciFinder Mobile (supported platforms)

                          You can also self-register for CAS Learning Solutions and set up your own tailored training at a pace to suit you.  

                          23 September 2011

                          British Cartoon Archive - now includes Giles Archive of political cartoons

                          "Grandma" by Giles
                          © Express Newspapers
                          Over 15,000 cartoons from the Carl Giles Archive, held in the British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent, have been digitised and made available for teaching, learning and research.

                          The Giles Collection is the single most important archive of British newspaper cartoons, and a major resource for British political and social history. It includes rare seaside postcards as well as political cartoons.

                          This JISC-funded digitisation project expands the holdings of the British Cartoon Archive which holds the national collection of British social and political cartoons.

                          This archive already represents the work of over 250 British cartoonists and is widely used for research and teaching.  The Giles Collection is cross-searchable with the 123,000 other images in this archive.

                          NB: due to JISC funding, HE UK staff and students can use images from the Giles Collection, free of charge for educational purposes; see full copyright information 

                          22 September 2011

                          Literature Online (LION) - 400 Penguin Classics added

                          Bronte Sisters
                          Nearly 400 volumes of Penguin Classics - including more than 1,000 individual works - have been added to the Literature Online (LION) database.

                          This series has long been known for its scholarly and accessible texts of world literature.

                          Works by important English and American writers such as Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain and the Bronte sisters are included.

                          A large number of modern translations of texts by eg., Emile Zola, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Giovanni Boccaccio, Farid Attar, Cao Xueqin, etc., are also included.

                          Complete list of Penguin Classics Introductions.

                          Off-campus access: use your University Username and Password

                          21 September 2011

                          New e-Resources - Elsevier Medical e-Textbooks

                          We now have 24/7 unlimited access to 7 important Elsevier medical e-textbooks:
                          • Basic Medical Sciences: Naish
                          • Clinical Medicine: Kumar and Clark 
                          • Communication Skills for Medicine: Lloyd 
                          • General and Systematic Pathology: Underwood
                          • Gray's Anatomy for Students: Drake
                          • Pharmacology: Rang and Dale 
                          • Principles and Practice of Medicine: Davidson
                          Links into the individual titles have been added to SAULCAT, the Library catalogue. 

                          Off-campus access: use your University Username and Password

                          19 September 2011

                          New Student? - some useful e-resources

                          If you're a new student - Welcome!  You'll become familiar with our great range of 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

                          24 August 2011

                          New e-Resource - complete JSTOR Collection now available


                          We now have access to the complete JSTOR database - the three remaining JSTOR full-text e-journal collections have recently been subscribed to.

                          JSTOR (Journal STORage) archives over 2,000 leading digitised scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, from volume 1 onward, in order to support scholarship and teaching.

                          Most journals have a 3-5 year moving wall between the content in JSTOR and the current published issue, designed to protect the revenue publishers make from the sales of current issues.

                          The three additional collections are:
                          predominantly social sciences titles, with the focus on economics, education, linguistics, political science, and area studies. 
                          mainly core humanities titles, focusing on art and art history, classical studies, education, history, language and literature, and music. Some rare 19th and early 20th century American Art periodicals are included.
                          this widens JSTOR’s coverage in business and the social sciences, with titles in archaeology, anthropology, business, economics, political science, population studies, and sociology. 

                          Off-campus access:  use your University Username and Password

                          NB: the individual journals in these collections are being added to SAULCAT and the E-Journal web pages, and will appear there, very soon.  The titles for our existing collections are already in SAULCAT, etc.

                          22 August 2011

                          New e-Resource - Lyell Collection (earth science journals)

                          Klychevskaya volcano, Russia
                          We now have permanent online access to the complete Lyell Collection of earth science e-journals.

                          This is the platform for the Geological Society of London's collection of full-text journal titles, Special Publications and major book series. The titles are:
                          • Engineering Geology Special Publications
                          • Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
                          • Journal of the Geological Society
                          • Journal of Micropalaeontology
                          • Memoirs
                          • Petroleum Geology Conferences series
                          • Petroleum Geoscience
                          • Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
                          • Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
                          • Scottish Journal of Geology
                          • Special Publications
                          • Transactions of the Geological Society 
                          In all, this collection offers current and archival access to over 18,000 peer-reviewed earth science articles, and full-text archives back to 1811.

                          Off-campus access:  use your University Username and Password

                          NB:  individual journal titles are being added to SAULCAT and the E-Journal web pages

                            21 August 2011

                            Off-campus access to e-resources from August 2011 onward

                            ATHENS off-campus access is no longer used; it was phased out at the end of July.  Please note:
                            • your ATHENS account no longer exists
                            • you will no longer login to databases through ATHENS
                            • you may continue to see ATHENS logins on some e-resources, but these links are no longer relevant to you, and you should ignore them (some Universities will continue to use ATHENS) 
                            Databases which used ATHENS for off-campus access now use your University Account Username and Password (the same as you use for University e-mail).

                            Current off-campus access
                            : you can now access the Library's databases via:
                            • A-Z Databases page
                            • the Quick Links to Databases menu on that page (it will list all the databases, soon)
                            • SAULCAT, the Library catalogue
                            • the E-Journals pages also link to individual e-journals (also listed in SAULCAT)
                            • or via SEEKER, the Library’s new search service, which allows you to do a single search across many of the Library's databases
                            If you’re not sure which off-campus access method to use, check the A-Z Databases page.

                            Logging in:
                            • select the database you want to search
                            • use the login link that you'll see on that database
                            • it will say something like: UK Federation WAYF / Institutional Login / Login via your Home Institution / Shibboleth login / Alternative login, or similar
                            • then enter your University account details to access the database
                              On-campus access: should continue to be seamless, if you are within the University network (including Residences), with no need for a username or password

                              18 August 2011

                              SEEKER Snippet 11: the difference between SEEKER and SAULCAT

                              Want to know if the Library holds a specific book or journal (print or online)? - use SAULCAT

                              Interested in finding out what has been published on a subject? - then use SEEKER

                              SEEKER allows you to search across many of the Library's online databases, with a single search.

                              Doing the same search in SEEKER and SAULCAT will give you very different results:

                              For example, a search for 'kurdistan ethnic conflict' retrieves:

                                        SAULCAT = 1 result (print book)
                                        SEEKER    = 69 results (print books, e-books, articles, etc.) which appear in the main results list
                                         plus          1,600 + results from the individual databases listed in the
                              right-hand column of the SEEKER search results screen eg:

                                         Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)   972 results
                                         HeinOnline                                                       537 results
                                         Scopus etc.                                                      145 results
                                      
                              NB: you can then limit your SEEKER results to ones that you have access to, by choosing:
                              •  'Refine your Results' (left-hand menu)
                              •   and checking the 'You have access (print or online)' box
                              NB:  SEEKER search results will also link you into the full-text, where we have access