31 May 2011

Pearls of Wisdom - OAIster open-access content now included in SEEKER

OAIster content can now be retrieved with a SEEKER search, and cross-searched with other databases.

OIAster is a repository of over 25 million records of digital resources from more than 1,100 open-archive collections worldwide.

It harvests Open Archives Initiative (OAI)-compliant Institutional Repositories worldwide, and is updated regularly.  The result is a collection of freely available, easily searchable, scholarly digital primary source materials.

OAIster covers a wide range of subjects and materials, including digitised (scanned) books, journal articles, newspapers, manuscripts, digital text, audio and video files, photographic images, data sets (downloadable statistical information), theses and research papers, etc.

The results of any SEEKER search will now include OIAster material and provide links into this full-text, open access content.
NB:  if you would like to restrict your SEEKER search results to OIAster material only, click on 'Content Provider' (bottom of left-hand menu), check the box next to OIAster, and click 'Update'
NB:  take a look at the Library's open access and institutional repository blog

28 May 2011

2,822 users and rising! - BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National

Sept 2010 - May 2011
              2,822 users 
                  76,367 programmes viewed
           12,467 programmes requested
                                               305 Playlists                         
If you have any comments about BoB, or would like to share how you're using it, we'd be very interested to hear from you

27 May 2011

Trial e-Resource - Brill's Religious Studies Theology and Philosophy E-Book Collections

We also have a free trial of Brill's Religious Studies, Theology and Philosophy E-Book Collections, from now until 30 June.

The 2007-2010 e-book collections cover 123 titles.

We currently have trial access to the 2007 collection which contains 26 titles.

Subjects covered include: Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Christianity, History of Religion, Religion and Society, Missionary Studies, etc.

Feedback would be appreciated, please.

26 May 2011

Datastream access - transferred to Bute Computer Room

Access to the Datastream database has been transferred to the Bute Computer Room, while the Main Library building is closed for refurbishment,

3 PCs in this computer room can be used to access Datastream - PCs numbered 2, 5 and 6 - and are identified with Datastream notices.

You have 24-hour access to this classroom, with your University ID card.

When the Library building re-opens at the end of September 2011, your access to Datastream will transfer back to PCs in the Main Library.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

NB: Datastream is a large financial statistical database covering a wide range of asset classes, estimates, fundamentals, indices and economic data. It allows you to explore relationships between data series, analyse and map historical trends, and validate investment ideas.

25 May 2011

Trial e-Resource - Brill's Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East and Early Christianity E-Book Collections

We also have a free trial of Brill's Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East and Early Christianity E-Book Collection, from now until 30 June.

The 2007-2010 e-book collections cover 274 titles.

We currently have trial access to the 2007 collection which contains 80 titles.

Subjects covered include: Biblical Studies, Ancient Judaism, Ancient Near East, Egyptology, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnosticism & Manichaeism, Early Church & Patristics, etc.

Feedback would be appreciated, please.

24 May 2011

New e-Resource - Business Source Premier

We now have access to the Business Source Premier database, after a successful trial of its sister database, Business Source Complete.

Business Source Premier is a business research database, containing the full text of more than 2,100 journals, back to 1965.

Coverage includes marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

Additional full text content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses. It also includes the full text of nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian publications, through the Regional Business News supplementary database.

Off-campus access: login with your University account details.

NB: you can search Business Source Premier through SEEKER, at the same time as other relevant databases

23 May 2011

Trial e-Resource - Brill's Classical Studies E-Book Collections

We have a free trial of Brill's Classical Studies e-Book Collection, from now until 30 June.

The 2007-2010 e-book collections cover 126 titles.

We currently have trial access to the 2007 collection which contains 41 titles.

Subjects covered include Ancient Philosophy, Ancient History, Ancient Religion, Greek and Roman Literature, Epigraphy & Papyrology, and Archaeology.

Feedback would be appreciated, please.

22 May 2011

SEEKER Snippet 4: how to limit your search to words in titles, abstracts, etc

If you click on Search Options underneath the single Search box in SEEKER, you can choose Advanced Search.

This allows you to:
  • limit your search to words appearing in titles of articles, abstracts, journal titles, etc.
  • try more complex combinations of search terms, for more precise searching

20 May 2011

Possible disruption to ScienceDirect and Scopus - Saturday 21 May

There may be intermittent service disruption to the ScienceDirect and Scopus databases tomorrow, while Elsevier, the provider, releases several new enhancements to the SciVerse platform they are hosted on.

Elsevier apologises in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.

18 May 2011

Free - My Student Budget Planner app and Study Skills resource

Two useful freebies from one of our e-resource suppliers, Palgrave Macmillan.

My Student Budget Planner - a
handy, free to download app to help you manage your finances.

It helps you to establish what you can spend each week, tracks your spending, stores your progress, re-calculates week-on-week so that you stay within budget, etc.

This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Skills4Study - this free resource is full of practical advice to help you study more effectively at university, and includes specific sections for mature, postgraduate and international students.

17 May 2011

Open University archival programmes on DVD

The Open University has announced that programmes from their extensive archive can now be ordered as on-demand DVDs, from the company Canny Minds.

The number of titles available for purchase will steadily increase, and will include many acclaimed programmes which have previously been difficult to find.

Current list of available OU titles

NB: BoB (Box of Broadcasts National), the shared online TV and radio streaming service, subscribed to by the Library, does not include Open University programmes

16 May 2011

British Library digital scholarship survey

The British Library, the UK's national library, is currently formulating a digital scholarship strategy, in order to plan effectively for the future needs of researchers in the digital age.

It has produced a short 5-10 minute survey and would welcome your participation.

Survey results will be used to inform and shape the BL's digital scholarship strategy, which is expected to be published in Autumn 2011.

NB: The British Library is one of the world's largest research libraries, holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats

15 May 2011

arXiv content now included in SEEKER

arXiv content can now be retrieved with a SEEKER search. 

Owned by Cornell University Library, arXiv.org is an open e-print archive which contains bibliographic records with links to over 600,000 full-text preprints of scientific papers.  It is updated almost daily.

Subjects covered include physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.

Search results in SEEKER include links to arXiv full-text, open access content.

14 May 2011

SEEKER Snippet 3: choose the format of your search results

It's easy to change how you view search results from SEEKER - you can:
  • choose to see Brief or Detailed search results
  • sort them in various ways - by author, date, relevance, database, etc
  • change the number of search results per page
  • and also select the format of your results for e-mailing

5 May 2011

ATHENS accounts to be phased out by end July

Please note that ATHENS accounts (for off-campus access to some of the Library's online databases) will no longer be required after the end of July 2011.

Like many other Universities, we will be using University account details for off-campus access to the e-resources that we buy.  We already use University account details for off-campus logins to many e-resources, and to SEEKER.

If you usually login through your MyATHENS account, you'll notice some databases will disappear from the list of available resources, over the next few weeks - this will NOT mean that we no longer have access to them; it will simply mean that ATHENS is no longer used, and that you will use your University account details for off-campus access, instead.

All databases will be accessible through the A-Z Databases page and SAULCAT and access details will be altered on these, and on the E-Journals pages, as the off-campus access method changes for each e-resource.

More information about this change will be posted soon, but if you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.

2 May 2011

SEEKER Snippet 2: when to use SEEKER and SAULCAT

Use SEEKER to find a wide range of information on a subject - it searches across many of the Library's online databases, and SAULCAT, at the same time.
Use SAULCAT to quickly find out if the Library holds a specific book or journal, and to recall books, check your Library Record, etc.

Try the same search in both, to see the wide difference in the number of results you get.