31 October 2012

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a freely available online repository of over 4,000 text, image, audio, and video items for studying the First World War and the literature it inspired.

The nucleus of the archive consists of important primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas.

This is supplemented by a wide range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum; over 6,500 items contributed by the general public, and specially developed educational resources. 

NB: The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is included in our JISC MediaHub subscription (see previous blog entry).

This means that - with one search - material from the Poetry Archive can be retrieved at the same time as war images from Wellcome Images, newsreels from Gaumont British news, Imperial War Museum images, and a wide range of other image, video and audio material.

NB: The First World War Poetry Digital Archive complements the Russell Cawthorne Collection - the Library's significant collection of material on World War I and related conflicts, deposited by John Cawthorn on behalf of the 1926 Foundation.  (Russell Cawthorne Collection website).

30 October 2012

JISC MediaHub - one platform, over 500,000 multimedia items

Search across 500,000 digital image, video and audio items through JISC MediaHub, the definitive academic video, image and audio resource.

All content can be used freely in educational and research contexts.

Material includes news and documentary films, music archives and still images, from the following archives:

Digital Images for Education
over 56,000 images and 600 hours of film capturing world, UK and local events during the last 25 years. Sources include the AP Archive (news footage), Getty Images (moving and still), ITN, Design Council Archives, Imperial War Museum (films and images), Royal Geographical Society (
travel and geographical artefacts), and PYMCA (images of contemporary youth culture)

NewsFilm Online
over 3,000 hours (over 60,000) news stories from the ITN and Reuters archives. Sources include the complete Gaumont (newsreels and graphic newsreels) and Paramount newsreels, from 1910 and 1934 respectively. Previously unbroadcast and unseen material, such as rushes and programme scripts, are also included.

Film & Sound Online
over 2,000 items, comprising 17 separate collections of digitised film and sound, including Imperial War Museum film footage, Educational and Television Films Ltd (international films from the political Left), Royal Mail Film Classics (documentary, public information and industrial films), and scientific content from the Wellcome Library and the Biochemical Society. Over 50 hours of classical music recording from the Culverhouse collection is also included.

JISC MediaHub also allows you to search and link to external media collections such as the Open Video Project (video content repository); Wellcome Images (medical and social history), ADS Image Bank (archaeology), ARKive (world's species bank), BGS GeoScenic (geological photographs), and the First World War Poetry Archive, among others.

JISC MediaHub is part of JISC eCollections which also includes JISC Historic Books and JISC JournalArchives.

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29 October 2012

Trial e-Resource - Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

We have been given a free trial of the  new Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive database, until 23 November 2012.

EIMA is an archive of essential, full-text primary sources.  It covers the history of a wide range of popular entertainment:
  • Film industry
  • Music business; Rock and pop; Jazz and blues
  • Theatre
  • Television
  • Radio
It includes core trade magazines such as Variety (1905-2000), Billboard (1894-2000), Broadcasting (1931-2000) and The Stage (1880-2000), etc., together with film fan magazines and music press titles such as New Musical Express (1946-2000) and Melody Maker (1926-2000).
Content includes a wide range of valuable research material - details of specific films, plays, actors, directors, TV series, film studios, musicians, genres, record labels, subcultures and youth movements, news items, interviews, photographs and illustrations, gossip columns, listings, reviews, charts and statistics, etc.

Images are © Proquest

24 October 2012

2012 Nobel prize-winning articles free online

®The Nobel Foundation
In recognition of the 2012 Nobel Laureates in Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economics, Elsevier has given free access to their most-cited ground-breaking research through ScienceDirect.

2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 
awarded jointly to Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for discovering that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed into immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body

2012 Nobel Prize in Physics 
awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland 'for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems'
search ScienceDirect 

2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
awarded jointly to Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka for research that looked at how the body communicates with itself, specifically how chemical messengers floating in the bloodstream are able to trigger tissues and organs to respond

2012 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
awarded jointly to Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley for their work in matching theory and how it affects various markets, including job hunting, and efficient systems for matching students with colleges, and organ donors with those in need
search ScienceDirect

19 October 2012

Web of Knowledge - planned maintenance 21 Oct

Web of Knowledge will be subject to maintenance from Sunday 21 October 2012 at 14.00 until Monday 22 October at 02.00. This may affect the performance and accessibility of content.

This is essential maintenance required for the next release of the platform.
Thomson Reuters apologises for any inconvenience that this maintenance may cause.

18 October 2012

10 e-journals with the most article downloads in 2012

An interesting mix of science, chemistry, physics, international relations, economics, anthropology and theology e-journals comprises the 10 titles with the most article downloads so far, this year:
  • Nature
  • Chemical Communications
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Tetrahedron Letters
  • The Journal of Theological Studies 
  • The American Economic Review
  • Foreign Affairs
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Nature is the most downloaded-from e-journal so far, in 2012- with 14,288 articles downloaded.

The other e-journals listed show impressive numbers of downloads during 2012, too - of between 3,000-5,000 each, to date. These figures do not include the many times articles are consulted, or read from the screen.

Many factors can influence use - the popularity of a title, local research focus, the size of research groups or classes, whether or not a title is being used for teaching, etc., but the more often a title is used, the better cost-per-use value it represents.

17 October 2012

New e-Resource - Past Masters: The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy

© InteLex
After a successful trial, earlier in the year, we're delighted to have acquired permanent access to Past Masters: The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy.

This is the full-text, searchable version of The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy, edited by Richard Little Purdy and Michael Millgate. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978-1988.

The Past Masters series offers definitive full-text editions of the complete works of seminal figures in the humanities, including published and unpublished works, articles and essays, reviews and correspondence.

The Library already holds other perpetual-access Past Masters digital titles in Philosophy and English Letters, all listed in SAULCAT.

NB: off-campus access will be available shortly

16 October 2012

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) - popularity rising

Since June 2010, when the Library first subscribed to Bob (Box of Broadcasts) National, the shared online TV and radio streaming service, there has been:
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