28 April 2011

Access to e-resources during Library building summer closure

Some reassurance about access to e-resources over the summer when the Library building will be closed for refurbishment (from 14.00 on Wednesday 25 May; see the Redevelopment blog for more detail and dates).

The Library building is scheduled to re-open towards the end of September 2011.
  • access to e-resources will be 24/7 as normal; there should be no interruptions to access 
  • the Library has invested in additional e-resources to further improve your access to information (see earlier blog posts) 
  • SEEKER, our new one-step search service, will simplify your searches for, and access to, relevant e-material (more details).  Off-campus access uses your University account details.
  • the computer clusters will continue to be available for on-campus access (apart from the Main Library and Butts Wynd computer classrooms)
  • Datastream database - access will be from 3 PCs in the Bute Computer cluster; at present, access is from 3 PCs in the Library, and also from the Schools of Economics and Management
  • ATHENS accounts (for off-campus access to some e-resources) are being phased out in favour of University account access from off-campus; this should be completed by the end of July 2011.

    More information will follow, and any changes will be publicised.
  • please contact Jean Young (ext: 2294) with any queries about access to e-resources

    26 April 2011

    MyCopy - purchase personal print-on-demand Springer e-books

    MyCopy is a unique service which allows you to buy your own personal, high quality print copies of Springer e-books, at a favourable price.

    This offer is a benefit of our recent Springer eBook Collection purchase, and applies to over 16,000 of the 30,000+ Springer e-books that we now have access to.

    The cost for a softcover, specially printed book is just 24.95 Euro (approx £26.50 including vat and delivery, depending on the current exchange rate).  The MyCopy link is available on all eligible titles published since 2005.

    Each copy is printed in black and white, with a colour cover, and delivered within a few working days.

    To order a personal copy, just click on the 'Buy a print copy' link in an e-book on SpringerLink, and follow the instructions.

    25 April 2011

    SEEKER Snippet 1: how to restrict results to available material

    To see only the search results (articles, etc) that you have access to:

    • choose 'Refine your Results' (left-hand menu)
    • and check the 'You have access (print or online)' box

    23 April 2011

    New e-Resource - Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior

    Confirmation that we now have permanent access to the important Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, edited by Breed and Moore, and accessed through Elsevier's ScienceDirect platform.

    This authoritative reference work, written by over 400 experts, offers 300+ in-depth illustrated articles on a wide range of topics in the study of animal behaviour.

    It covers subjects such as communication, learning, sexual selection, navigation, methodological issues, etc., as well as emerging areas of research in cognition, animal welfare, the role of behaviour in conservation, etc.

    Entries range from the use of behaviour in assessing the welfare of pigs, to the social behavior of insects; from animal empathy to bat brains; from broad topics eg 'Aggression and Territoriality', 'Visual Signals', to those on specific species or taxonomic groups eg 'Bowerbirds', 'Zebrafish', etc.

    The Encyclopedia of Animal Behaviour is said to be 'the definitive reference work in its field' and will be an invaluable tool for teaching. 

    A link into the Encyclopedia has been added to SAULCAT.

    22 April 2011

    New e-Resources - Lecture Notes in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science

    Included in our permanent-access purchase of the Springer eBook Collection, is permanent access to the following book series:
    plus any sub-series, published between 1997-2011. 

    These important series highlight and discuss new developments in all areas of computer science and information technology research, mathematics and its applications, and physics teaching and research.

    21 April 2011

    New e-Resource - Springer eBook Collection - over 30,000 titles

    We're pleased to announce that the Library has purchased permanent, unlimited, access to the complete Springer eBook Collection of over 30,000 English-language titles, published between 2005-2011.

    Content includes textbooks, reference works, handbooks, book series and monographs.

    Subjects include: Behavioral Science; Biomedical & Life Sciences; Business & Economics; Chemistry & Material Science; Computer Science; Earth &  Environmental Science; Engineering; Humanities, Social Sciences & Law; Mathematics & Statistics; Medicine; and Physics & Astronomy.

    Our most heavily-used titles, so far, include:
    All these titles are currently being added to SAULCAT. They can also be cross-searched with our existing Springer e-journal content via SpringerLink.

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

    NB: these e-books don't use DRM (Digital Rights Management) so it's possible for you to print and e-mail chapters without any restrictions

    20 April 2011

    SEEKER Feedback - many thanks!

    Some great feedback about SEEKER, our new search service, already - please keep it coming! Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond.

    Over 93% of users find it easy to use and would definitely use it again.

    "SEEKER made my researching much simpler and thorough"

    "... you can find articles without searching for them on the internet and then hoping we have access. This is an immense improvement"

    "An excellent addition to the library"

    "a very good service"

    "Just wanted to let you know that SEEKER is brilliant ..."

    We're very keen to know what you think of SEEKER, so please do complete the 1-minute survey within it.  Your opinions are important! 

    NB: later blog entries will answer any questions raised by your survey comments

    19 April 2011

    Have you got your SEEKER bookmark yet?

     Have you got your SEEKER bookmark yet? - stocks are going fast!

    ... don't lose out.

    18 April 2011

    IEEE/IET Electronic Library

    The IEEE Xplore Digital Library provides access to our IEEE/IET Electronic Library subscription, with content published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

    The IEEE/IET Electronic Library provides almost 3 million full-text documents from important international publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.  

    Our subscription includes access to the abstracts and full text articles published between 1988 - to the present, with selected content published since 1893, from the following:
    Off-campus access: login with your University account details

    7 April 2011

    SEEKER - open your eyes to a new way of searching!

    SEEKER is our very comprehensive 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, the Library catalogue.

    We'd love to have your feedback!

    4 April 2011

    Trial e-Resource - Ethnographic Video Online

    Ethnographic Video Online, is another Alexander Street Press database which we have trial access to, until 30 April 2011.

    Global in scope, EVO provides over 649 online streamed videos and is a comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behaviour.  It will include over 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion.

    It features the work of many influential 20th century documentary filmmakers, for example:
    •   Robert Gardner (Dead Birds, Ika Hands, The Nuer)
    •   John Marshall (The Hunters, A Kalahari Family)
    •   Timothy Asch (The Ax Fight with Napoleon Chagnon, A Balinese Trance Seance)
    •   Melissa Llewelyn-Davies (Diary of a Maasai Village).
    and includes interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more.

    Subjects covered include: language and culture, kinesthetics, body language, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, caste systems and slavery, male and female roles, kinship and families, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, culture and personality, and sex, gender, and family roles.

    NB: You can create annotated video playlists which can be shared

    Feedback would be appreciated, please.

      1 April 2011

      Trial e-Resource - The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts

      We have free trial access to The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts database, until 30 April 2011.

      This is the companion database to The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation, to which we also have trial access.

      It provides access to a wide range of full-text seminal works - theological writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, sermons, letters, polemical treatises, and other works, written by hundreds of Protestant authors during the Reformation and post-Reformation eras.

      Both databases help to complete the picture of an era when religious debates altered the course of Western history, for all time.