29 June 2012

Proquest databases - planned maintenance 30 June

The Proquest database platform will be subject to maintenance from Sunday 1 July at 03.00 for 12 hours. This may affect the performance and accessibility of content.

This is essential maintenance required for the next release of the Proquest Platform.

Databases affected include  
 Proquest apologises for any inconvenience that this maintenance may cause.

28 June 2012

New e-Resource - MITCogNet

MITCogNet, a comprehensive platform for the brain and cognitive science community, developed by MIT Press, is an exciting addition to our portfolio of e-resources.

It provides access to an ever-growing collection of over 530 full-text MIT Press books; 10 major reference works, six MIT Press journals, conference proceedings, grey literature, etc.

It also includes abstracts from over 30 journals from Cambridge University Press, the British Psychological Society, Lawrence Erlbaum, etc.

MITCogNet is an essential resource for anyone interested in cutting-edge primary research into the understanding of the nature of the human mind, covering areas such as artificial intelligence, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and education. 

NB: Links to each e-book and e-journal will be added to SAULCAT soon, to simplify access, and off-campus access will be available shortly, too.

Feedback about this resource would be welcomed - please use the comments speech bubble below

27 June 2012

New e-Resource - Ethnographic Video Online

Following a very successful earlier trial, the Library has purchased permanent access to the Ethnographic Video Online database, from Alexander Street Press.

is global in scope, currently provides over 802 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.

Off-campus access
uses your University Username and Password.

NB: You can create annotated video playlists which can be shared with others.

Feedback would be appreciated, please.

26 June 2012

Britain from Above - historic aerial images

Do you know where this was taken?

This is one of the 'mystery' images from the Britain from Above website, launched this week by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales.

More than 16,000 images from one of the earliest, most significant collections of aerial photography of the UK, are now freely available, for the first time.

The whole collection presents an unparalleled picture of the changing face of Britain in the 20th century.

Included are some of the oldest and most valuable images from the unique Aerofilms Collection, an important archive of over one million aerial photographs taken between 1919-2006.  Many were taken by ex-First World War pilots, from extremely low altitudes.

Britain from Above aims to conserve 95,000 of these unique photographs, dating from 1919-1953. 

Register to zoom into these evocative photographs, identify mystery images, add information and keywords.  Help to tell the story of these historic aerial images.

25 June 2012

New e-Resource - Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection (Henry Stewart Talks)

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, produced by Henry Stewart Talks, is an exciting new addition to the Library's e-resources.

Enjoy permanent access to this growing collection of over 1,400 specially commissioned seminar-style online talks by leading world experts, including Nobel Laureates.

Talks cover the latest research and developments as well as the fundamentals and can be used as research and continuing professional development briefings, as well as to update students on the latest developments in a subject. All talks can be viewed as often as required.

New talks are added monthly (register for updates).

Links to all talks will be added to SAULCAT soon, to simplify access, and off-campus access will be available shortly, too.

Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection Facebook page

Feedback about this resource would be welcomed - please take time to tell us what you think.

21 June 2012

New e-Resources - Synlett and Synthesis Archives

Our current subscriptions to two important chemistry e-journals - Synlett and Synthesis - have recently been supplemented by a purchase of their permanent-access archives:

          Synlett Archive (1989-2010)

          Synthesis Archive (1969-2010)

This means that we now have online access to the entire full-text contents of both journals, from their very first volume, to the present day.

Both journals are published by Thieme, and can accessed through SAULCAT and the e-Journals pages.

19 June 2012

New e-Resource - Chronicle: BBC Northern Ireland's television news from the Sixties and Seventies

We now have access to Chronicle: BBC Northern Ireland's television news from the 60s and 70s through the BUFVC (British Universities Film and Video Council).

Hours of content from BBC Northern Ireland's archives have been digitised to allow news and current affairs events, covering Northern Ireland and The Troubles, to be explored.

Content has been taken from 14 years of Northern Ireland’s history (1963-1976), and offers an important contextual experience from political, historical and cultural perspectives.

Over 4,000 videos are currently available, ranging from 1963-1971, but more will be added.

If you haven't accessed Chronicle before, you'll need to register the first time you use it:
  • to access, choose Login
  • type 'St Andrews' into the 'Where are you from' box
  • click on 'University of St Andrews'
  • then 'Go to Login', enter your University Account details, and select 'New User'
  • on the Preferences form, complete the User Information and Account Information areas
  • add your University e-mail address, and save
  •  - and that's it!
For all subsequent logins, just login using your University Username and Password

15 June 2012

Trial e-Resource - Opera in Video

We have another fascinating free trial database - this time Opera in Video, until 6 July 2012.

Opera in Video is a comprehensive video collection of operatic performances covering the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. It contains 500 hours of video comprising 291 operatic works.

Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses, and cover the full range of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the 20th century.  

Opera in Video allows you to:
  • browse by composer, genre, performer, ensemble, time period, and role
  • search opera subtitles and transcripts
  • create video clips and embeddable links
  • make, annotate, and share playlists for course or individual use
 It also contains:
  • productions of the most studied operas, which allow comparative analysis of staging/set design
  • videos of performers which are cross-searchable, and can be compared side-by-side
  • interviews with singers, stage designers, and directors, integrated with excerpts of live performances, to show the development of each production

NB: stream to a mobile - click on the mobile phone icon next to each video to stream to an Android, or an iPhone operating on a 3G network

10 June 2012

Trial e-Resource - Historic Digimap

We have free trial access to the Historic Digimap database, until 6 July 2012.

Historic Digimap is a fascinating resource supplying digital scans of Landmark historic Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain, back to 1843.  The maps include:
  • all available County Series maps at 1:2,500 and 1:10560 scales, published 1843-1939
  • all available Town Plans at 1:500, 1:528 and 1:1,056 scales, published 1848-1939
  • all available National Grid maps at 1:1,250, 1:2,500 and 1:10,560/10,000 scales, published from 1945 to before the introduction of the O.S.'s digital Land-Line product
You can:
  • search by placename, postcode, grid reference, historical parish and county name
  • view and zoom into maps online
  • print and download as images for use in image processing and GIS software
  • and compare maps of the same area, in a single window, over time
  • you need a Username and Password for access (University of St Andrews users only)
  • then, use the Login via UK Federation button at: http://edina.ac.uk/digimap/ 
  • click on 'Let me choose from a list'
  • select the EDINA (trial only) link from the pull-down list
  • enter the supplied Username and Password
  • ... and choose Historic Digimap from the following page
Historic Digimap Help Pages

Historic Digimap FAQ

NB: any saved maps and/or tiles should be deleted at the end of the trial period

5 June 2012

TRILT and BoB - now easier access to TV/radio programmes

TRILT and BoB are two complementary databases, produced by the BUFVC (British Universities Film and Video Council)
  • TRILT, the Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching - is the best source of UK television and radio data on the web, with over 300 TV/radio channels, from 1995 onwards
You can search in TRILT for copies of relevant programmes, back to 1995:
  • if a programme listed in TRILT can be supplied as an off-air DVD, you'll see links to requesting a programme, and also to viewing it in BoB, if available
  • check the 'Recorded by BUFVC' box, before doing a search - this will ensure that you only retrieve programmes which can be supplied as an off-air recording
  • or, if there is a 'Request this Programme' link, in the details of a programme listed in TRILT, just complete the details required, for a DVD copy, which will be held in the Library

4 June 2012

Trial e-Resource - World Religion Database

We currently have an on-campus free trial of the World Religion Database which runs until 3 July 2012.

WRD contains detailed religious demographic statistics and sources on religious affiliation, for every country of the world.

It provides source material, including censuses and surveys, as well as best estimates for every religion, at multiple dates between 1900 to 2050.

It offers
  • population and religious adherents for every country and United Nations region
  • source material on religious affiliation (censuses and surveys)
  • breakdown of major religions into traditions
  • multiple data points to compare growth rates (1900, 1950, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2025, 2050)
  • global comparative figures for every religion
  • regular updates, including provincial breakdowns within countries