27 February 2011

Where to look for what

A quick reminder of where to look for the following:
       *   links to trial databases - on this blog; in publicity sent to Schools
       *   databases subscribed to - in SAULCAT (the Library catalogue); A-Z Databases and Databases by Subject web pages
       *   e-journals - in SAULCAT; E-Journals web page
       *   print journals - in SAULCAT
       *   e-books - in SAULCAT
       *   print books - in SAULCAT
       *   DVDs - in SAULCAT
      NB:  individual articles are not indexed in SAULCAT - search SAULCAT for the journal the article appears in (choose 'Periodicals and Journals' Search, then 'Title' or 'Keyword' Search and use title words from the journal)

        24 February 2011

        Business Source Complete - extension of free trial

        Our free trial of the Business Source Complete database has been extended until 30 April 2011.

        Business Source Complete is an important business research database, containing over 1,900 important, full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly journals on all aspects of business, management, finance, economics and market research topics. Over 1,700 full-text trade journals, and general business magazines, are also included.

        Please see this this earlier post for more detailed information.

        Your comments are very important - please take time to supply some feedback below, about this resource.

        23 February 2011

        The Cecil Papers - extension of free trial

        William Cecil
        © Chadwyck Healey
        We've been granted a two-month extension to the free trial of The Cecil Papers database, until 30 April 2011.

        The Cecil Papers are 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 this earlier post for more information.

        Feedback about this resource would be appreciated, please.

        17 February 2011

        Picture Post Historical Archive - trial ending soon

        © Gale
        Our trial of the Picture Post Historical Archive database ends on 25 February 2011.

        This heavily illustrated newspaper archive captures British life between the 1930's and 1950's, and provides a unique photojournalistic record of this period.


        Please see this earlier post for more information.


        We hope that you've found the free trial useful and would appreciate your feedback about this database.

        15 February 2011

        New e-Resource - Scopus

        A new subscription to the Scopus database has been taken out.  We would welcome your feedback about this resource, please.

        Scopus is classed as 'the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources'.  It offers comprehensive access to details of published scholarly material in science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities.

        Updated daily, Scopus provides:
        • 42.5 million records, 70% with abstracts (with archives back to 1823)
        • 18,000 international titles (including 1,200 'open access' journals)
        • 3.6 million conference papers; 24 million patent records; 435 million scientific web pages
        • 100% Medline coverage
        • full-text links into ScienceDirect and Reaxys, through Elsevier's shared SciVerse platform 
        and a range of sophisticated tools to enable you to refine and quickly identify results, and track and analyse research, including:
        Relevant user guides include: User Guide; Scopus Tutorials ; Scopus on YouTube;  Scopus's TV channel

        Off-campus access: login with your University account details

        NB: a similar but alternative e-resource is Web of Knowledge, the route to Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index and Conference Proceedings Citation Index)

        14 February 2011

        Can't find the right words? Let LionHeart help

        © JY
        Stuck for words? Looking for inspiration? - take a look at LionHeart.

        LionHeart is a collection of 1,000 full-text love poems from the 1500s to 1900, gathered from the poetry databases in Literature Online (LION).

        Literature Online (LION) is an invaluable research resource, containing over 350,000 authoritative online texts - poetry, drama and prose - from the eighth century to the present day; over 325 full-text literature journals; key criticism and reference resources; author biographies; bibliographies, etc.

        LION can be searched as one resource or as individual databases:
        NB: many LION search results link to their corresponding full-text in Early English Books Online, Oxford Reference Online, and JSTOR

            11 February 2011

            Off-Air TV recording requests now available

            Do you need a copy of an older television programme, for teaching or research?

            We have a number of off-air recording requests now available to staff and students.  These can be used to obtain DVD copies of programmes, if they're not accessible through BoB.

            Please see this earlier post for more information.

            10 February 2011

            Forgotten your ATHENS details?

            Please note: ATHENS accounts were phased out in July 2011

            Need a reminder of your ATHENS account details (for off-campus access to many e-resources)? - please get in touch, if so.  There's no need for you to re-register.

            As long as you're a current student or member of staff at the University, your ATHENS account will be renewed automatically, in the Autumn.

            NB: University Username and Password access will eventually replace ATHENS off-campus access to e-resources - more information about this ongoing change will be publicised soon

            8 February 2011

            Creating shared film clips and playlists in BoB

            Interested in creating film clips and playlists from BoB*, that you can share with students, colleagues and friends, who are also users of BoB?

            It's easy to do, following the simple instructions in the User Guide, but if you have questions, please get in touch.

            Take a look at this Scotland in Cinema and Film playlist, prepared earlier.  It offers an eclectic selection of Scotland-related films.

            To login choose 'UK Federation Login', type in 'St Andrews', click 'Login', and enter your University Account details.  If you haven't accessed BoB before, there's a short registration process

            * BoB = Box of Broadcasts National, an innovative shared online TV and radio streaming service, subscribed to by the Library

            7 February 2011

            Early English Books Online - almost 113,000 records now in SAULCAT

            Nearly 113,000 full-text e-books, contained in the Early English Books Online (EEBO) database, have been added to SAULCAT recently.

            EEBO offers digital facsimiles of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America, and works in English printed elsewhere, between 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by Caxton, through to the age of Spenser and Shakespeare.

            It contains most titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.  More Early English Tracts will be added to SAULCAT shortly.

            This permanent-access research collection covers many subjects - English literature, fine arts, history, linguistics, music, philosophy, theology, music, mathematics, science, etc - and most searches in SAULCAT will now also retrieve content from EEBO.

            Useful guides include a demo of the search options; a product tour on finding and using content; sample searches and a detailed Search GuideEEBO also includes EEBO Interactions, a social networking tool for users.

            NB: Remember that you can sort SAULCAT search results by date, if you're interested in more current material

            3 February 2011

            Trial e-Resource - Business Source Complete

            We're pleased to announce a free trial of Business Source Complete, a leading business research database, until 11th March 2011.

            It contains over 1,900 important, full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly journals on all aspects of business, management, finance, economics and market research topics. Over 1,700 full-text trade journals, and general business magazines, are also included.

            Full-text is given for over 1,200 journals, from 2003 onward; and back to at least 1965, for over 300 core management journals.  Coverage dates back to 1886, for some titles. The full-text of the Harvard Business Review, for example, dates back to 1922.

            Business Source Complete also contains financial data, 900+ e-books, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, 18,000+ industry reports, market research reports, Economist Intelligence Unit country reports, OECD Economic Surveys, 17,000+ company profiles, SWOT analyses, etc. (Summary of content)

            NB: a number of titles have a publishers' embargo of between 3-18 months between the content in Business Source Complete and the current published issue

            Other relevant subscription databases include: Bankscope Financials and Ownership, Emerald Fulltext, Factiva, Global Insight, Global Market Information Database, and Nexis UK
              Feedback: your comments would be appreciated - please take time to supply some feedback about this resource

              1 February 2011

              EBSCOhost databases - possible PDF viewing issue

              Some problems have been reported with opening and viewing the PDFs of full-text articles from databases, using earlier versions of Internet Explorer.

              This may affect the opening of article PDFs from the EBSCOhost databases platform.

              If so, please check the minimum browser requirements and Adobe Acrobat requirements for opening a PDF in EBSCOhost.  You may need to upgrade, or use a different browser, such as Firefox.

              Our EBSCOhost databases are: America History and Life; ATLAReligion with ATLASerials; Econlit; ERIC; GreenFILE; Historical Abstracts; Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts; MEDLINE; PsycARTICLES; Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection and PsycINFO.
                If you encounter any difficulties with opening PDFs, please get in touch.