30 September 2012

New e-Resource - Romanticism Redefined

Romanticism Redefined: Pickering & Chatto and The Wordsworth Circle database, is a new permanent-access purchase by the Library.

It offers an online collection of Romantic-era literature from Britain, the British Empire, and North America, focusing on the period between 1800 and 1830.  Over 120,000 pages of the Pickering & Chatto editions are available.

The emphasis is on literature - poetry, novels, short fiction, and drama - but there are also letters and diaries; political, philosophical, theological and sociological works; literary criticism; historical writings; speeches, lectures, and conversations; travel and exploration literature, etc.  

Dozens of commissioned critical essays by leading scholars add context to the writings. 

Also included is The Wordsworth Circle, an international academic journal for the study of English Romantic literature, culture, and society.

28 September 2012

MITCogNet e-books now in SAULCAT

The Library recently took out a subscription to MITCogNet, a comprehensive platform for the brain and cognitive science community, developed by MIT Press.   

It covers areas such as artificial intelligence, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and education.

All the 530 full-text MIT Press books; 10 major reference works, six MIT Press journals, etc., which are contained in MITCogNet, have been added to SAULCAT, the Library catalogue, to improve discoverability.

This means that:
  • you can find specific MITCogNet e-books if you know which one you're looking for
  • or, if you're doing a Keyword search to search for useful material, you may retrieve details of relevant MITCogNet titles in your results
MITCogNet content will also be retrieved if you do a search in SEEKER, the Library's one-search service.

27 September 2012

New e-Resource - Brepolis Latin Complete

The Library has recently taken out a subscription to Brepolis Latin Complete, a 'gateway to Latin literature and to the roots of Western civilisation'.

It contains over 5,500 texts from the best available editions, as well as reference materials (More information)

Brepolis Latin Complete consists of the following databases:  

Archive of Celtic-Latin Literature (ACLL)
more than 450 Latin works by over a hundred authors, covering theology, liturgy, computistics, grammar, hagiography, poetry and historiography, and including legal texts, charters, inscriptions, etc; updated yearly

Aristoteles Latinus Database (ALD) 
the complete corpus of medieval translations of the works of Aristotle.  These texts constituted the main tools for the study of science and philosophy in the Middle Ages

Cross-Database Searchtool

allows simultaneous searching of the Library of Latin Texts – Series A, Library of Latin Texts – Series B, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Archive of Celtic-Latin Literature and the Aristoteles Latinus Database

Database of Latin Dictionaries

a set of reference dictionaries for the study of Latin

Library of Latin Texts: Series A  
the world’s leading database for Christian Latin texts, containing more than 3,200 works, attributed to approximately 950 authors.

Previously known as CLCLT: the Cetedoc Library of Christian Latin Texts, its purpose was to produce a database comprising the entirety of Christian Latin literature, from patristic and medieval periods, Antiquity and early-modern and modern eras

Library of Latin Texts: Series B  
gathers Latin texts of all genres and all periods, and includes genres as varied as chronicles, medieval saints’ lives and travel narratives, legal texts, and theological, philosophical and scientific treatises from the modern period

Monumenta Germaniae Historica  
a corpus of historical works, charters, legal texts, letters, political texts, and literature from the European Middle Ages

The individual texts contained in these e-resources will be added to SAULCAT, the Library catalogue, shortly, for easier access. 

Off-campus access is currently being put in place, and will use your University Username and Password. More information will be posted later.

26 September 2012

Proquest databases - planned maintenance 30 Sept

The Proquest database platform will be subject to maintenance from Sunday 30 September 2012 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 which could be affected, include:
 Proquest apologises for any inconvenience that this maintenance may cause.

25 September 2012

Trial e-Resource - BioOne

We are very pleased to offer another free database trial - this time of BioOne, until 31 October 2012.

BioOne is the product of innovative collaboration between scientific societies, publishers, and libraries, to provide access to high-impact, peer-reviewed bioscience research journals.

It offers 171 high-quality biological, ecological and environmental science journals, from 129 not-for-profit publishers.

70% of the titles are ISI ranked and almost half of the current titles are exclusive to BioOne.

Subjects covered include: Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Environment, Forestry, Geology, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Limnology, Parasitology, Plant Science, Veterinary Science and Zoology.

Feedback would be appreciated, please.

NB: Mobile on- and off-campus access to BioOne (but please note that off-campus access is not available for a trial)

24 September 2012

New Guide: digital media in teaching and learning

A helpful new guide has been produced by JISC Digital Media, for anyone interested in finding out how digital media can be used in teaching and learning.

The Guide explores what digital media is, where it can be used to support teaching and learning and what the key opportunities and challenges are.

JISC Digital Media provides advice and training to UK Higher Education on creating and delivering digital media resources - specifically still and moving images and sound resources - to support teaching, learning and research; and on managing small and large scale digitisation projects.

19 September 2012

SEEKER - searching made simple

What is SEEKER?

It's a whole new way of finding information. Searching made simple.
No need to know which of the Library's online databases will be useful to you - just search and find

SEEKER allows you to do a single search across most of the Library's e-resources - our many online databases (which provide you with e-journal articles, newspaper reports, e-books, books, book reviews, conference proceedings, theses, etc), and also SAULCAT, the Library catalogue.

18 September 2012

New e-Resource - e-EROS (Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis)

Chemists - you now have access to e-EROS, the critically acclaimed online version of the Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis. 

e-EROS has been designed to help you find the most suitable reagent or catalyst for performing particular reactions.

It contains a database of around 70,000 reactions and more than 4,000 of the most frequently consulted reagents and catalysts.  It is fully searchable by chemical structure, substructure and reaction; reaction type; experimental conditions etc.
Using e-EROS, you can:
Off-campus access: login with your University account details

13 September 2012

New e-Resource - The Chicago Manual of Style Online

Baffled by bibliographies? Confused by citations? - not sure how to create them for your essays, or cite references that you've used?  

Help is at hand - you now have access to The Chicago Manual of Style Online.

This provides authoritative guidance on citing sources, reference formats, grammar and usage, and on how to deal with punctuation, names, numbers, tables, quotations, dialogue, spelling, abbreviations, etc.

It includes tips for citing e-books, blogs, podcasts, and other online and digital sources, and covers writing for many kinds of papers and publications.
A Citation Quick Guide gives clear examples of how to use Chicago-style citation, and questions are answered in a popular Q&A. 

 Remember to check your student Handbook or with your tutor to be sure that you're following the style required by your School.   

Different disciplines use different referencing styles and there are other commonly used styles such as Harvard, APA, MLA, Vancouver, etc.

More information about citing references and reference management software.

Academic Liaison colleagues will be very pleased to help, if you need any assistance.

NB: If you plan to publish, you must follow the style of the journal you are writing for.

11 September 2012

New e-Resources - Psychology Encyclopedias

We now have permanent access to several important online encyclopedias in Psychology:

These reference works contain peer-reviewed scholarly articles which provide a comprehensive overview and analysis of these subject areas.
They are hosted on the ScienceDirect platform, which means that you can search them at the same time as the thousands of journal articles held in ScienceDirect.

Links into these encyclopedias have been added to SAULCAT, the Library's online catalogue.

Off-campus access: login with your University account details

10 September 2012

Returning Student? - some new databases

If you're a returning student - Welcome back!

As well as the improvements made to Levels 3 and 4, over the summer, we've also acquired a number of great new e-resources for you.
You can access them 24/7, both on- and off-campus.  They include: 

 Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics - e-books
Past Masters: Philosophy - e-books 
Books 24x7 - computing science e-books 
Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection - over 1,400 online talks

and we have several more specialised new databases, too.  All of them will be accessible via the A-Z Databases page and SAULCAT, our online catalogue, very soon.  Check back here for more information.