31 March 2011

Trial e-Resource - The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation

We have free trial access to The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation database until 30 April 2011.

This full-text resource provides access to over 840 important works from the Reformation and post-Reformation areas - theological writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, inquisitorial manuals, papal documents, social and political works, sermons, letters, polemical treatises, and other key documents from this era of European history. (User Guide).
It will be of interest to historians, biblical scholars and theologians, and to other scholars studying the religious and social upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries.

30 March 2011

New e-Resources - literature reference e-books from OUP

Mark Twain
We now have permanent, unlimited online access to some important literature reference works from Oxford University Press:
surveys American literary history in 350 scholarly essays, from the 1600s to the present.  Covers poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists
covers the book worldwide from ancient to modern times, and subjects such as bibliography, palaeography, printing history, editorial theory and textual criticism, book collecting, libraries, and the e-book
the history of literature in the UK and Ireland in major literary languages (Anglo-Saxon, English, Irish, Latin, Scots, Welsh). Provides accounts of authors, and histories of themes, movements and genres having had an impact on literature

These e-books are listed in SAULCAT.

23 March 2011

BoB is back - bigger and better!

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National, our online TV and radio streaming subscription, is available again, after an extensive upgrade.

Improvements in searching and viewing have been made, and exciting new functionality includes:
  • searchable subtitles - increase your search results
  • sort and filter - filter results by TV/radio channel and date; or sort by date, relevance, and title
  • regional broadcasts - BBC1 and BBC 2 Scotland programmes are now included
  • curated playlists on the access page eg A Brief History of Mathematics, The Middle East, etc
  • higher bitrate now means improved video quality
  • subtitles are now bigger and easier to read
  • video tutorials on recording programmes, creating playlists and clips, etc
  • coming soon - a trial to allow local ERA-licensed off-air recordings to be uploaded to BoB National; more information will follow
More information about BoB National.

The BUFVC is keen to get get feedback on these improvements - please e-mail your comments to bob@bufvc.ac.uk

      22 March 2011

      BoB National - upgrade still in progress

      The planned upgrade to BoB National (online TV and radio streaming service) is taking longer than anticipated, as an authentication issue needs to be resolved.

      BUFVC staff say that they hope to resume service tomorrow, and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

      If you need any programme which will fall outside the 7-day buffer, please e-mail bob@bufvc.ac.uk

      There will be a number of exciting new improvements to BoB, so do check back soon.

      21 March 2011

      Informaworld and OUP e-journals - access restored

      Access has now been fully restored to Taylor and Francis, Routledge, and Psychology Press e-journals, by Informaworld staff, and to OUP current e-journals, too. Many thanks for your patience!

      17 March 2011

      Trial e-Resource - The Romantic Era Redefined

      We have short trial access to a new e-resource - The Romantic Era Redefined - until 31 March 2011.

      This full-text resource focuses on Romantic-era literature published between 1800-1830 by writers from Britain, the British Empire, and North America. It includes poetry, prose, drama, letters, diaries - along with  political, philosophical, scientific, and sociological works; and the only extant full set of The Wordsworth Circle, the scholarly journal devoted to English literature, culture, and society during this period. (User Guide)

      The Romantic Era Redefined presents Pickering and Chatto’s highly acclaimed critical editions of the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, Robert Southey, William Cobbett, Maria Edgeworth, William Godwin, Elizabeth Inchbald, Harriet Martineau, Thomas DeQuincey, Mary Russell Mitford, and many others. 

      Contact jmy for trial access details (University of St Andrews staff and students only)

      We hope that you find the free trial useful. Feedback about this database would be appreciated.

      16 March 2011

      Informaworld - current e-journal access issues

      Access to Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Psychology Press e-journals is currently affected by problems at Informaworld, the hosting service. Staff at Informaworld are working to resolve this as quickly as possible.

      11 March 2011

      BoB National - service upgrade 16-18 March 2011

      BoB National is having a major service upgrade between 16-18 March (Wed-Fri).

      Please note that the service will be at risk during this period.

      Hardware will be replaced between 10.00 am - 1.00 pm on Thurs 17 March. There will be no access to BoB during this time; programmes scheduled to record will fail, as the server will be unavailable. 

      Outwith this period, you can record programmes as normalThere may be intermittent breaks in service for the rest of the day, and on the 18th.

      Please schedule any recordings of programmes shown between 16-18 March well in advance, so that the BUFVC can manage the downtime, and minimise loss.   

      The BUFVC apologises for any inconvenience that this will cause.

      Details of the improved service will follow soon.

      10 March 2011

      New e-Resource - The International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography

      We now have permanent online access to The International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography.

      This major e-resource provides authoritative, comprehensive information on the discipline of human geography and related interdisciplinary subject areas.

      Over 1,000 detailed entries cover philosophy and theory, key concepts, methods and practices, people, social/cultural, political, economic, development, health, cartography, urban, historical, and regional geography.

      Off-campus access: login with your University account details

      NB: this e-resource is hosted within ScienceDirect, and includes many internal cross-references and dynamic links to other articles and relevant web resources

      8 March 2011

      Oxford Scholarship Online - access issues resolved

      Oxford Scholarship Online access issues have now been resolved - thank you for your patience!

      Oxford Scholarship Online - current access issue

      A technical issue is currently affecting access to Oxford Scholarship Online. OUP technical staff are working to resolve this as quickly as possible, and apologise for the inconvenience.  Access should be resolved soon.

      4 March 2011

      OUP e-journals - current access problem

      A technical issue is currently affecting access to some of the recent issues of Oxford University Press e-journals. OUP apologises for the inconvenience and is working to resolve this as quickly as possible.

      3 March 2011

      SEEKER - imminent launch of new search service

      SEEKER, our new search service, should be available very soon now. We're currently doing some final testing and configuration.

      SEEKER is easy to use and allows you to do a single search across the Library's resources - databases, e-journals, e-books, full-text, SAULCAT, etc.  ... without you having to know which databases will be most useful. 

      Just search in SEEKER and you'll retrieve details of print and online resources relevant to your course work and research.
        You can then use your 'personal' space for favourite databases, saved searches, notes and documents, etc, and manage your search results in many different ways.

      SEEKER offers a quick and easy way to search our resources, but it won't replace SAULCAT, the Databases A-Z page and the E-Journals page.  These will still be available, and will be linked into from SEEKER.

      More information will be posted here soon, so do keep checking.

      1 March 2011

      New e-Resource - Journal Citation Reports

      A subscription to the Journal Citation Reports (Science and Social Sciences) database, has been taken out.

      Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a unique research tool. It provides a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate and compare the world's leading journals,
      by tabulating and aggregating citation and article count data, back to 2005.

      This information will be of value to the national REF (Research Excellence Framework) exercise for assessing the quality of research in UK H.E. institutions.

      By compiling the cited references from articles, JCR helps to: 
      • measure research influence and impact at journal and category levels 
      • identify the most appropriate, influential journals in which to publish 
      • better understand a journal’s impact over time
      JCR covers 10,000+ scholarly and technical journals from over 3,300 international publishers, in science, technology, and social sciences. 

      The bibliometric data includes details of Impact Factors (Median, Aggregate and Five-Year), Eigenfactor metrics, Immediacy Index, Total Cites, Total Articles, Cited Half-Life, Journals and Articles Category ranking tables. (JCR Quick Reference Card; Help screens).  

      NB: JCR links seamlessly with the other Web of Knowledge databases  (Web of Science, etc).