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