31 January 2012

New e-Resource - Brill Classical Studies e-Book Collections

We now have permanent access to Brill's Classical Studies e-Book Collections after a very successful trial, last year.

You can access all 126 titles in the complete 2007-2010 e-book collections.

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

Links to each individual e-book have been added to SAULCAT. 

NB: for off-campus access, use the Institutional Login and your University account Username and Password

30 January 2012

Trial e-Resource - Classic Mexican Cinema Online

Our free trial access to Classic Mexican Cinema Online is now live, and runs until 28 February 2012.

The content comes from the Archives of the Filmoteca of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

During its heyday, the Mexican film industry produced an average of 100 films every year as entertainment for both domestic and international audiences.

This resource covers the 'Golden Age' of Mexican Cinema, from the 1930s to 1960.  It features popular full-text film periodicals, such as Cinema Reporter (1943-1965) and Cinema Mundial (1954-1965).  

It also includes dozens of lobby cards - film flyers which were distributed on the streets to lure people into the cinema - and the personal scrap books of filmmaker Fernando de Fuentes (1894-1958), a pioneering Latin-American filmmaker.  These scrapbooks contain reviews, movie stills, programmes and advertisements, and provide a unique insight into the career of this major director.

NB: take a look at the short
online demo of this database on YouTube

23 January 2012

New e-Resource - Italian Reformation

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A reminder that we have access to the Italian Reformation, Part 1 (Primary Sources Online) database. 

This is a collection of main primary texts which summarise the diversity of the theological profile of the Italian Reformation, as held by the Fondo Guicciardini, Central National Library, Florence.

Research has shown that the Italian Reformation movement spread widely, reaching not only clerical, intellectual and aristocratic elites in the cities but also merchants, artisans, and farmers, even in remote areas of Calabria and Sicily.  

145 e-book records covering this early printed book and manuscript content have been added to SAULCAT. 

This e-resource helps to promote a deeper understanding of Italian Reformation history.

NB: Please note that certain system requirements are essential in order to access this e-resource, including the requirement to download the DjVu browser plugin

16 January 2012

New e-Resource - Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

© JoVE
Meet JoVE (The Journal of Visualized Experiments) - the world's first scientific video journal for biological, medical, chemical and physical research.

We have access to the JoVE General module.

JoVE is the first online journal devoted to the video publication of biological research as a medium for learning, teaching and research.  It explains experimental techniques and procedures through a novel combination of peer-reviewed video and text.

The videos are filmed in research laboratories at leading academic institutions, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Berkeley, Yale, etc. Around 50 new videos are published every month.

Subject coverage includes cell biology, development biology, immunology, neuroscience, microbiology and bioengineering.

JoVE is indexed in PubMed, so you can link from your search results into the JOVE articles we have access to.

Links to JoVE are being added to SAULCAT and the E-Journals web pages.

NB:  why not submit your own video-article? - JoVE invites contributions

12 January 2012

RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) - planned maintenance 14-16 January

The RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Publishing Platform will be subject to maintenance between 00.00 am on Saturday 14 January 2012 - 00.00 am on Monday 16 January.   This 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 maintenance may cause. 

10 January 2012

EU Screen Portal - lost TV archives from across Europe

EUscreen is a new online portal, providing free access to thousands of items of archive TV footage.

It offers
videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives, from the early 1900s to the present day.

It results from a groundbreaking collaboration of 36 partners from 19 countries, including the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC).

Content can be used in many different ways - in teaching and research programmes; for exploring popular and social history, the history of Europe and the history of television; by providing new and exciting insights into Europe’s TV heritage; by offering news and commentary on key events in history, etc.

NB: EUscreen is also very valuable as a language-teaching tool - it offers a wealth of news footage and programmes in over 15 languages, including French, German, Italian and Greek - and can help with pronunciation practice and listening skills

9 January 2012

Cambridge Books Online - trial access to over 11,000 e-books

Our 6-month trial access to Cambridge Books Online begins today, through our membership of SHEDL, the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library consortium.

Over 11,000 e-books from Cambridge University Press are fully accessible, for this period. 

Cambridge Books Online offers extensive scholarly content from almost all academic subject areas - science, technology and medicine, humanities and social sciences. 

Click here to browse the subject areas and all the e-books in Cambridge Books Online.

Links into all the individual e-books have been added to SAULCAT.

Useful walk-through guide to the Cambridge Books Online platform.   

NB:  we have already purchased perpetual access to:
NB: limited printing, copying/pasting, and downloading to PCs, mobile devices and tablets, is permitted

6 January 2012

New Year - New Databases

Look out for a new year jam-packed with exciting new e-resources!

As ever, we've been thinking ahead for ways in which to enhance your learning, teaching and research experience, and we look forward to getting your feedback.

Coming soon are:
  • 6 months trial access to all 11,000 e-books in Cambridge Books Online 
  • 3 months trial access to the 2012 Springer ebook collection
  • new permanent-access Elsevier e-books
  • Twentieth Century Drama database
  • Italian Reformation database
  • ... and a whole host of trials of other e-resources identified by Schools as being of interest
Do keep checking back for more information and access details.

5 January 2012

ScienceDirect and Scopus - unavailable on 7 January

Please note that both ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable on Saturday 7 January 2012, for approximately 13 hours, from 11.30 a.m. on 7 January to 12.30 a.m. on 8 January. 

This is to allow scheduled maintenance to take place.

Elsevier, the provider, apologises for any inconvenience that this will cause.