29 April 2012

JISC Historic Books - create stable URLs to content

A stable URL is a persistent link which you can copy and paste into web pages or documents, to enable direct links back to a specific page, or to a list of search results.

To create a link to a specific page of a book in JISC Historic Books, simply:
  • click on the globe icon - top right of the page image below - to display a URL
  • then copy and paste this link into a document or web page
globe icon
To create a link to the results of an Author or Title search:
  • select Advanced Search
  • enter your search terms in the Author or Title fields
  • at the top of the Results page (example below), click on the Open URL link
  • then copy and paste this link into a document or web page
openurl link results page
When someone clicks on the pasted Open URL link, it will take them to the specific page or Results list that you want them to see (logging in with their University Username and Password, if they are off-campus).

28 April 2012

SciFinder - additional features added

New features in SciFinder, a research-finding tool for literature in chemistry and related sciences, include:
  • the ability to search substances by individual experimental or predicted property - more than 3.6 billion experimental and predicted properties can be searched, to find substances
  • CAS Registry Numbers can also now be searched for, in the structure editor part of SciFinder. This widely recognised substance identifier can be used to produce an accurate model for structure-based searching
  • a Quick View feature for substances and references makes scanning large answer sets easier
For a more detailed summary of the new functionality, look at What's New in the Web Version of SciFinder.

27 April 2012

Trial access to 158 e-books in Business and Management

Access over 158 e-books in Business and Management - free - until 9 July 2012.   These titles are included in our Cambridge Books Online trial of over 12,000 e-books (see earlier post).

Open the links below, to see the titles in each subject area:
All the individual e-book titles have been added to SAULCAT, the Library's online catalogue, for easy access.

NB: in SAULCAT, each e-book links to a Feedback form so that you can recommend continued access to it, after the Cambridge Books Online trial ends

25 April 2012

Winning Tweet of Shakespearean plot in 140 characters

For those of you who entered the recent National Library of Scotland's competition for the best summary of a Shakespearean plot in 140 characters, the winning entry was:

'Wife washes hands of bloody stupid husband after he gets involved with 3 other women. Wood have thought he'd seen it coming'
by Stephen Rettie

NB:
Check this earlier post to see which databases would have been useful

24 April 2012

Trial access to 869 e-books in Religion

Access over 869 e-books in Religion, until 9 July 2012 - as part of our Cambridge Books Online trial of over 12,000 e-books (see earlier post).

Click on the links below to see the titles in each subject area: 
All the individual e-books have been added to SAULCAT, the Library's online catalogue, to enable easy access.

NB: in SAULCAT, each e-book links to a Feedback form so that you can recommend continued access to it, after the trial ends

23 April 2012

New features in IEEE Xplore Digital Library

IEEE launched a number of new features in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library database, at the beginning of April, including:
  • more ways to personalize your IEEE Xplore experience
  • enhanced abstract pages
  • more Cited-By information and the ability to sort your results by the most cited
  • browse by topic, etc 
IEEE Xplore can be accessed from the A-Z Databases page, and from SAULCAT.

IEEE provides information on world‐changing technologies - from computing and sustainable energy systems, to aerospace, communications, robotics, healthcare, and more.

19 April 2012

Trial access to 712 e-books in Classical Studies

Access over 712 e-books in Classical Studies, until 9 July 2012 - as part of our Cambridge Books Online trial of over 12,000 e-books (see earlier post).

Click on the links below to see the titles in each subject area: 
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

18 April 2012

Watch and Listen: multimedia poetry and plays in Literature Online (LION)

Discover the delights of hearing poetry voiced by the poets themselves, or other poets; or Shakepeare's plays read by noted actors, such as David Tennant, Niamh Cusack and Sir John Gielgud.

Added sound effects and music bring the plays further to life.

Literature Online (LION), which hosts 27 literature databases, and more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, also contains the following multimedia content:
882 video clips of poets reading their own and other poets’ works 

Shakespeare Audio Plays
Fully dramatised, unabridged audio recordings of each of Shakespeare’s 38 plays

922 links to poetry readings at The Poetry Archive

Enjoy!

17 April 2012

Directory of Open Access Books launched

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) has just been launched.

It has been made available by the OAPEN Foundation, an international Open Access monograph publishing initiative, based at the National Library in The Hague.

DOAB's primary aim is to act as a discovery tool for Open Access (freely available) academic e-books.

You can search it to find details of peer-reviewed e-books published under an Open Access (such as a Creative Commons) licence, and link into the full-text of each title.

DOAB currently includes over 23 publishers and 755 academic Open Access books, and new publishers and books will be added regularly.

Comments are welcomed via DOAB's contact form. Feedback will be used to develop the service further, in line with expressed needs.

16 April 2012

429,118+ e-books; 595,000+ print book titles and rising ...

You may be surprised to know that we have access to:
  • over 429,118 full-text e-books
  • and more than 595,000 print books (over 830,000 items, if you count multiple copies of books, etc)

    - and that this number continues to grow on a daily basis.
184,118+ = e-books which have been individually subscribed to, and ones which form part of e-book packages that we buy e.g. Springer e-books. Details of all these books can be found in SAULCAT

180,000+ = e-books in the Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) database

- all books published in Great Britain and its colonies during the 18th Century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. These will be added to SAULCAT

65,000+
= Nineteenth Century e-books from the British Library - digitised first editions from the 19th Century, in philosophy, history, poetry and literature; over 25 million pages of previously rare and inaccessible content.
These will be added to SAULCAT

12,000+ = e-books included in our current Cambridge Books Online trial, which runs until 9 July 2012. These are all listed in SAULCAT.

595,000+ = the current number of print book titles in the Library - this rises to 830,000+ individual print items, if you include multiple copies of books, print periodicals, etc.

15 April 2012

38,390 e-Journals and rising ...

Did you realise that you now have access to over 38,290 full-text e-journals?  This number has increased significantly in the last year.

These include both individual e-journal subscriptions and journals held within full-text databases subscribed to by the Library e.g. in JSTORScienceDirect, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, etc.

The E-Journals page currently lists and provides access to these journals, and they are also listed in SAULCAT.

A regularly updated Latest E-Journals list allows you to track newly-added e-journals.

13 April 2012

Two Proquest Databases Workshops on Wed 18 April - only chance this year!

You are warmly invited to attend the only local Workshops to be held by a Proquest trainer, this year.

These will introduce the new Proquest database platform and remind you how to get the most out of our range of Proquest databases.

Workshop 1 @ 2.00 on Wed 18 April

An introduction to the all-new ProQuest platform which includes databases covering: 
  • Business
  • Dissertations and Theses (full-text)
  • Historical Periodicals
  • History
  • Literature and Language
  • News & Newspapers (includes The Scotsman, The Guardian and The Observer archives)
  • Psychology
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences
Workshop 2 @ 3.15 on Wed 18 April 2012

This will cover the Chadwyck-Healey platform which hosts:
  • Literature Online (LION) - approx. 27 Literature, Drama and Poetry databases
and will also look at the databases on the new Proquest platform.

Location: Seminar Room 4, Level 3, Arts Building
(behind the Library)


Please come along if you can - all welcome!