31 March 2012

Win a Kindle - summarise a Shakespeare plot in 140 characters

The National Library of Scotland is running a Twitter competition to find the best summary of a Shakespeare plot in 140 characters.  

This is associated with the Beyond Macbeth exhibition, showing at the NLS, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, until 29 April 2012.

A winner will be chosen each week and an overall winner - who will win the Kindle - will be chosen through a Facebook poll starting on April 10.

Follow hashtag #beyondmacbeth on Twitter to take part.

Improve your chances of winning by using some of our relevant databases:
Other useful databases for Shakespeare research include:

30 March 2012

Trial access to 1,451 Literature e-books

Access 1,451 Literature e-books, until 9 July 2012 - as part of our Cambridge Books Online trial of over 11,000 e-books (see earlier post).

Click on the links below to see the titles in each subject area:
You can search by keyword or browse e-books by subject if you're looking for something specific.

We've added all the individual e-books to SAULCAT, the Library's online catalogue, to enable easy access.

NB: You can print or download a whole chapter and transfer e-book content to your smartphone or laptop

29 March 2012

Mobile access to E-Resources blog

QR Code for blog
A reminder that you can access this regularly-updated e-resources blog, using a smartphone or camera phone.

Just download QR-Code Reader software from your phone's App store, and scan the QR Code (Quick Response mobile barcode) image, to open it in the phone's browser.  You can save the icon as a screen shortcut, for quick later access.

You can also track this blog by subscribing to one of the feed services listed at the foot of the right-hand column.

28 March 2012

400 rare early scientific and medical texts from the Wellcome Library

We now have free access to 400 digitised rare early texts from the Wellcome Library, which trace the history of science and medicine from the 15th-17th centuries.

These texts have been added to ProQuest’s Early European Books (EEB) database, which traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins to the end of the 17th century.

Content ranges from anatomy and botany to witchcraft and the occult - and includes The Secrets of Alexis of Piedmont (1555), an Italian physician and alchemist; books of prodigies such as Pierre Boaistuau’s Histoires prodigieuses (1568), an illustrated catalogue of monsters, demons, deformities, natural disasters and miraculous events; texts on books on falconry, military machinery, plants of the New World, etc.

The Wellcome Library is one of several major national repositories to have provided content for Early European Books.  Also included in EEB are important works from the Danish Royal Library, the National Central Library in Florence and the National Library of the Netherlands.

Links to the individual titles are being added to SAULCAT.

NB: more than 15,000 rare books from the Wellcome Library collection, published between 1485-1700, will be digitised by ProQuest over the coming years, and made available to us as full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images

22 March 2012

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) - now over 3,300 scholarly e-books

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a portal to the best digital scholarship in the Humanities, and currently offers over 3,300 full-text scholarly e-books, selected by academics.

On average, 500 new titles are added each year.

HEB covers humanities in its broadest sense. Subjects covered include: Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art and Architectural History, Dance and Performance History, Film and Media Studies,  Folklore, History, Literature, Musicology, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology and Women’s Studies.
    The titles below will give you a sense of the breadth of the collection:





    All the individual e-book titles have been added to SAULCAT.

    NB: nearly 400 out-of-print titles from HEB are currently available in print-on-demand (POD) format

    They can be supplied as either individual or multiple copies, for course adoption; as either soft or hard bound copies, and much more cheaply than through booksellers, or the rare or used book market.

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

    18 March 2012

    Trial access to 1,256 Mathematics, Statistics and Probability e-books

    Access over 1,256 full-text e-books in Mathematics, Statistics and Probability as part of the Library's Cambridge Books Online trial (see earlier post).

    The trial lasts until 9 July 2012
    Links into all the individual e-books have been added to SAULCAT.

    Search by keyword or browse e-books by subject to find specific content.

    NB: You can print or download a whole chapter and transfer e-book content to your smartphone or laptop

    14 March 2012

    New e-Resource - Thesaurus Lingua Latinae

    A reminder that we have access to the Thesaurus Lingua Latinae database.

    TLL Online is a comprehensive, ongoing scholarly dictionary of ancient Latin from the earliest times through AD 600.
    The contents of the electronic edition correspond to those of the complete printed version of the Thesaurus.

    TLL currently contains:
    • all lexicon articles published between 1900-2008 (letters A-M, O, P-pomifer, porta-pulso) 
    • the two separately published Onomasticon volumes (Nomina propria Latina, Vol. II: C–Cyzistra, Vol. III: D–Dzoni)
    • the Index Librorum 
    • and the Praemonenda de rationibus et usu operis (a multilingual introduction to the printed Thesaurus)
    New fascicles will be added yearly. User Guide.

    11 March 2012

    Trial access to 3,100 History e-books

    You currently have access to over 3,100 full-text History e-books as part of the Library's Cambridge Books Online trial (see earlier post).

    The trial lasts until 9 July 2012
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      Links into all the individual e-books have also been added to SAULCAT.

      Search by keyword or browse e-books by subject to find specific content.

      NB: You can print or download a whole chapter and transfer e-book content to your smartphone or laptop

      9 March 2012

      Trial access to 1,032 Philosophy e-books

      The Library currently has access to over 11,000 Cambridge University Press full-text e-books, until 9 July 2012 (see earlier post).

      1,032 Philosophy e-books are included, as part of this trial. 
      Links into all the individual e-books have also been added to SAULCAT.

      Search by keyword or browse e-books by subject to find specific content.

      NB: You can print and download a whole chapter and transfer e-book content to your mobile device or laptop

      8 March 2012

      Free Classical and World Music downloads

      A reminder that Alexander Street Press, one of our e-resource providers, offers free music downloads, every two weeks.

      • All tracks are owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and are available free, for a limited time only
      • sign up, on the page above, to receive email alerts when new music is available
      • All tracks are owned by Alexander Street Press and are free to download
      • Sign up here for e-mail alerts for new classical music downloads
      The latest one is Ludwig van Beethoven's "Sonata No. 1, Op.2/1", performed by Abdel Rahman El Bacha.

      NB: For more free music from Alexander Street, follow them on Twitter and  the Music Online blog

      5 March 2012

      New e-Resource - Twentieth Century Drama

      We have recently acquired permanent online access to the Twentieth Century Drama database.

      Twentieth-Century Drama is a global collection of 1,950 published plays from the English-speaking world, which cover the history of modern drama from the 1890s to the present day.

      It contains plays by over 300 authors from N America and Canada, Britain and Ireland, India, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean, and will offer 2,500 plays, once complete.  Content includes:
      • African American drama
      • Additional American ethnic theatre traditions
      • Off-Broadway and regional alternative theatre from the US
      • Seminal 'Off-Off-Broadway' productions
      • Popular successes from Broadway and the West End
      • Women playwrights from throughout the century and across the globe
      • The complete works of Bernard Shaw
      • Irish Theatre
      • The '1956 revolution' at London's Royal Court Theatre
      • The Royal Court's first era of avant-garde prominence
      • Political plays from throughout the century
      • Historical dramas
      • Alternative and community theatre from Britain and Ireland
      • Global and postcolonial theatre in English
      • Innovative re-readings of the classics
      Twentieth Century Drama is accessed through Literature Online (LION), and can be cross-searched with the other LION databases.

      Links into the individual plays will be added to SAULCAT, the Library catalogue.

      2 March 2012

      Open Access Membership of Royal Society Publishing - save 25%!

      Save 25% on open access publishing with the Royal Society! - see the Open Access blog.

      Researchers at St Andrews now benefit from this discount if an article is accepted for publication in a Royal Society journal.

      This is due to an Open Access Membership arrangement made with Royal Society Publishing - just one of the Library's varied initiatives to support open access to research.

      To gain this 25% discount, simply choose ‘Open Choice’ when submitting an article, to save on article processing charges. Open Choice increases the visibility of your article and thus the potential for it being cited.
       
      Articles by St Andrews authors have a dedicated page on the Royal Society Publishing website. 

      NB: please contact Jackie Proven in the University Library for information about all aspects of open access, and advice about depositing full text in the Research@StAndrews:FullText digital repository of research output

      Open access FAQ