17 December 2012

New e-Resource - International Studies Online

After a successful trial, we now have permanent access to the International Studies Online database, the online version of the 12-volume International Studies Encyclopedia.

It is is the 'first major reference work of this scale' in international studies and international relations.

It includes over 400 specially-commissioned, peer reviewed essays of up to 10,000 words, written and edited by an international team of academics.

It also offers live links to archives, datasets, cases, teaching aids, etc., and is updated twice annually.
Different sections include:

  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration
  • Feminist Theory and Gender Studies
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Global Development Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Intelligence Studies
  • International Communication
  • International Ethics
  • International Organization
  • International Political Economy
  • International Security Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Post-Communist States in IR
NB: International Studies Online also includes a live discussion forum

13 December 2012

Please take the AV Citation survey - your help would be appreciated

Can you help? - the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) is running a short survey and would like our help.  They've had impressive survey responses from St Andrews users, in the past.

Their AV Citation project is looking at compiling authoritative and accessible guidelines for citing moving image and sound materials:

film, television and radio programmes, DVD extras including interviews and commentaries, clips, trailers, adverts, idents, stings, non-broadcast material, amateur footage, archival material (catalogued and not catalogued), podcasts, vodcasts and DVD study materials

This has relevance to a wide range of different users - academics, researchers, students, media and Library staff, journal editors, etc.

To ensure that they get this right, the BUFVC would like to know about your experiences with citing audiovisual resources and what you would like these guidelines to cover.

Please complete the short survey by 14 January 2013 - and be in with a chance of winning a £50 Amazon gift voucher!

Thank you for your support!

10 December 2012

Away from St Andrews? Want access to e-resources?

Remember - when you're away from St Andrews, you can access most Library e-resources using your University Account Username and Password (the same as for University e-mail). 

See this earlier blog post for more details: 


Please note:

Bob (Box of Broadcasts) National, our online TV and radio streaming service subscription, operates under a licence specific to the UK:

'You may only access or use BoB in the territory of the United Kingdom. If you are in another country, the licence and associated exceptions in law do not apply and you cannot use BoB, even if you are an authorised user in the UK' 

This is one of the Conditions of Use stated in the Terms and Conditions that you agree to, when you first register to use BoB.

However ... as soon as you're back in the UK, BoB will be at your service again!

7 December 2012

Oxford Scholarship Online - mobile access now available

Oxford Scholarship Online is now fully searchable by mobile!

Search and browse over 2,830 full-text Oxford University Press e-books in our OSO subscription, on the move.  Why not try it out?

We have access to the Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion modules. 

An interesting innovation also means that if you scan the QR Code which appears on every PDF chapter downloaded from OSO, you'll be taken straight back into the full OSO site.

Example of QR Code from OSO chapter
All Oxford Scholarship Online e-book titles are listed individually in SAULCAT.

NB: Off-campus access
: use University Computer Account Username and Password (Shibbolised access)

6 December 2012

SEEKER Snippet 15: new JSTOR databases now searchable

New databases are constantly being added to SEEKER, to allow you to search across even more content, with one search.
New additions include:

  • JSTOR 19th Century British Pamphlets
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences X
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences XI
The JSTOR (Journal STORage) database archives over 2,550 digitised e-journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, from volume 1 onward.
features broad coverage in the Business & Social Sciences, Sociology, Education, Public Policy & Administration, and the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, as well as Transportation and Development Studies
expands coverage in Language & Literature, History, Art & Art History, Classical Studies, Architecture & Architectural History, and Music 
  • 19th Century British Pamphlets 
more than 20,000 significant digitised pamphlets from the 19th Century held in UK research libraries; provides a corpus of primary sources covering the socio-political and economic landscape of 19th Century Britain 

NB: the results of any SEEKER search will now include material from these databases and provide links into the full-text, where we have access

3 December 2012

Twitter and Facebook - used to highlight e-resource issues

A reminder that the Library uses various types of social media to communicate with you.

As well as producing several blogs - we use Facebook and Twitter to give you short snippets of information.  This information is often too short to warrant a blog post - for example, if there are temporary access issues with a database.

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So, keep up-to-date with new developments and any issues affecting the Library's e-resources, by checking:
Both are updated several times a week, so please check back regularly.

As well as highlighting any database changes or issues, Twitter and Facebook also publicise many other aspects of the Library service - database trials, new services and innovations, opening hours, Rare Books, Library blogs, surveys, lectures and events, etc.

You'll find the Twitter and Facebook links near the foot of the Library Home page.  Feel free to follow us.

27 November 2012

JISC Historic Books - latest enhancements!

The latest enhancements to JISC Historic Books are now live! 
  • New sorting options:
    you can now sort your search results by Author and Title, as well by Relevance and Date 
  • New Item selection:a tick box for each item allows you to select them for email, export or saving to My Bibliography (see below). E-mailing sends basic bibliographic information and a full-text link to the item. Exporting allows downloading in formats compatible with major reference management software.
  • My Bibliography:
    this new feature allows you to build up a personal list of books which is saved between sessions. 
  • New Plain Text tag:
    all items have a Plain Text tag. If this is greyed out, a 'mouse over' message tells you that this result only includes an image of the work which is not searchable. This only applies to EEBO (Early English Books Online) books that have not yet been keyed in. All other records will have searchable plain text.
Earlier JISC Historic Book enhancements.

26 November 2012

ScienceDirect and Scopus - more content; more compatible browsers

A ScienceDirect and Scopus update is scheduled for 1 December 2012.

This will extend full internet browser coverage to include Google Chrome and Safari, including Safari on the iPad.

If you use one of these browsers you now have access to the full functionality of ScienceDirect and Scopus.

Firefox and Internet Explorer 7, 8 & 9 are already fully compatible with these databases.
During this scheduled maintenance, there may be minor disruptions to some ScienceDirect and Scopus functionality

Scopus content

The Scopus title list has also been updated, with more than 700 new titles added since April 2012 - bringing the total number of active titles to almost 20,500. 

Scopus has broad international subject coverage with 33% of its titles in Health Sciences, 30% in Physical Sciences, 22% in Social Sciences and 15% in Life Sciences.  

23 November 2012

Trial e-Resource - EIU Energy, Financial Services & Technology Briefings

We currently have a trial of the Economist Intelligence Unit's ViewsWire business intelligence service.

ViewsWire provides news on developments in over 250 countries, and analyses what these developments mean for business.

We have access to the Briefings and Forecasts for Energy; Financial Services and Technology.

Each provides:
  • daily briefings on world-wide developments
  • assessments and forecasts of changing market conditions and implications for business, including country updates
  • outlooks and forecast summaries related to currency, banking, economics, politics, GDP and income
  • detailed five-year forecast tables and country risk summaries
  • facts and figures on the local market and regulatory environment including country fact sheets, economic indicators, trade, tax and foreign exchange regulations and interest rates

Login at: www.viewswire.com/login  using the Username and Password that is being sent out to Schools

or contact us for this information (University of St Andrews staff and students only)

21 November 2012

Changes to the SpringerLINK platform

Have you noticed that the SpringerLINK platform has changed? 

Recent improvements include:
  • faster response times
  • auto-suggest in search
  • two-page preview of every document
  • search results can be limited only to accessible content
  • optimised for mobile access

See the recorded webinar or detailed Powerpoint for details of the new features and functionality.

Individual My SpringerLink accounts (for alerts, saved searches, etc) are not being migrated, so if you set one up, Springer apologises for this.

Our SpringerLINK subscription gives us full-text access to:
  • all Springer e-journals from 1997- onward
  •  the complete Springer eBook Collection (permanent access to over 30,000 English-language titles, published between 2005-2011)
NB: the Springer eBook Collection includes permanent full-text access to Lecture Notes in Physics (LNP), Mathematics (LNM) and Computer Science (LNCS), plus any sub-series, published between 1997-2011. 

Links to each Springer journal and e-book are in SAULCAT.

Off-campus access: click on the Sign Up/Log in link (top right of screen); select the Institutional/ATHENS login; then choose the Login via Shibboleth link, and login with your University account details

17 November 2012

From Planets to Plastic Surgery - access 100's of Dictionaries online

Did you know that you have access to hundreds of online dictionaries and other reference books?

No need to leave your desk - just search and find answers to questions in all these different subjects and languages - and much more!

Find information on anything from Myths to Midwives - Planets to Plastic Surgery - Slang to Symbols.
Earlier posts about collections of online reference works: