30 April 2013

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National - advance notice of upgrade!

We thought we'd give you advance notice of some exciting new features coming to our BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National subscription - later this year.

BoB is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio streaming service which allows you to view, record and archive programmes, create and share playlists, etc.

These new developments are in response to feedback from users and will be launched later this year.  They include:

  • a new website look, including colour, theme, functionality and improved navigation

  • access to more than 500,000 new BBC TV and radio programmes, dating from 2007
  • an additional 13 foreign language channels
  • an extended recording buffer – giving you more channels, available for longer
  • the ability to search across future and recorded programmes simultaneously
  • interactive transcripts and dynamic subtitle searches
  • Apple iOS compatibility
  • the ability to easily create clips and clip compilations, and share programmes and playlists via social media
  • the option to make YouTube-style comments on programmes
  • a quick link to the new BUFVC AV Citation Guidelines, allowing you to reference programmes within your work easily
More information will be posted here, as the upgrade happens.

28 April 2013

New e-Resource - ARTstor Digital Library (1.5 million images)

Following a very successful trial, a subscription to the ARTstor Digital Library database has been taken out.

This database contains over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences, from international museum collections, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. (List of Collections)

ARTstor is relevant for teaching and research in a wide range of subject areas, including anthropology, art, architecture, classics, history, literature, music, religion, literature, medieval and Renaissance Studies, photography, etc. (ARTstor Subject Guides)

Register with your University e-mail address and self-chosen password in the 'Welcome to ARTstor' box (upper right of the Digital Library), to gain access to:
  • browse images by collection, classification, or geography
  • zoom in on and pan images
  • organise images into groups, add notes, save and share with others
  • upload and manage personal images and sound files in ARTstor 
  • present ARTstor images alongside your personal images, both online and offline (learn more)
  • add and share personal, institutional, and contributed collections (learn more)
  • integrate ARTstor content with Blackboard, WebCT, or Moodle  (learn more)
  • download images to PowerPoint and ARTstor's Offline Image Viewer (OIV) 
  • export citations for images or image groups into RefWorks, ProCite, etc
Teaching staff at St Andrews should get in touch for an account with full Instructor privileges

How to use ARTstor (videos)

25 April 2013

DawsonEra e-book platform - new and improved

If you're using an e-book on the DawsonEra platform, you'll notice that the appearance and functionality has recently changed. 

(We buy e-books from different e-book providers - and we add links to each e-book into SAULCAT, the Library's online catalogue. This allows you to find and access specific e-books, quickly. 

If you want to search all the e-books we buy from an individual e-book provider eg DawsonEra, MyiLibrary, EBL, etc - you can also do this through the e-book platform that each provider uses.) 

We subscribe to an increasing number of e-books through DawsonEra (currently over 2,000), and we continue to buy e-books from a range of other providers.

New features of the DawsonEra e-book platform include:
  • a simpler, more intuitive interface, with improved searching and viewing
  • My Bookshelf - add or remove favourite e-books by using the stars next to each title
  • Save searches - to keep a history of what you've used
  • My Account section - keeps details of saved e-books (for quick access); a list of your viewed e-books, your saved searches, any notes you've made, etc.
  • create Alerts - to receive e-mails about new content likely to be of interest to you
  • Social media - share details of books with others (they must have access entitlement, in order to view them)
    ... and lots more

Detailed User Guide for the new platform

23 April 2013

SEEKER - searching made simple

A reminder that it's easier than you think to find information on a topic
 - simply use SEEKER

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. 

22 April 2013

New e-Resource - 600 Roundabout Films (1962-1974)

600 Technicolor films from the cinemagazine Roundabout (1962-1974) have been restored by the British Film Institute, and are now freely available for viewing. 

Roundabout was the monthly cinemagazine for South and Southeast Asia, produced by the Government’s Central Office of Information (COI).

It was designed to promote British values, manufacturing and the ethos of the Commonwealth to audiences that stretched from Pakistan through Burma to South Korea. Its 'magazine-style' treatment of topical stories enabled factual content to be delivered in a entertaining way.

The videos - many of official opening ceremonies and factory production lines - are all in sound and vibrant colour - a huge attraction for cinema audiences at the time.

Roundabout provides a snapshot of how the government wanted South and Southeast Asia to view Britain, at that time, and offers rare colour footage of the detail that builds an authentic picture of Britain and Asia in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The site includes an interesting short history: ‘Roundabout: National Projection with a Technicolor Gloss'.

21 April 2013

UK Data Service website launches

"Your resource for quality social research data"

The UK Data Service is a new national service funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

It provides access to over 6,000 digital data collections for research and teaching purposes.

It makes available an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many disciplines and themes, and supporting researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.

The service consolidates the following established data services/websites:
  • Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)
  • Census.ac.uk
  • Secure Data Service (SDS)
  • Survey Question Bank (SQB)
The UK Data Service provides a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data, including:
Use the Discover interface to explore the data collection, free user guides and supporting materials.

Comprehensive support, training and guidance is also available to meet the needs of data users, owners and creators. 

Useful pages include: Advice for new users and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

18 April 2013

Trial e-Resource - BDSL Online (German language and literature)

We have a current trial of BDSL Online, the online version of the Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft, until 18 May 2013.  

BDSL Online is an important international bibliography of published literature on German language and literary studies, produced by the University Library Frankfurt am Main

It indexes monographs as well as journal and newspaper articles, anthologies, and Festschriften, from 1985 to the present.

It currently includes approximately 350,000 titles and roughly 15,000 items are added every year. 

BDSL Online includes an advanced search that lets you search and combine terms in author and title fields, specify year ranges for publication, etc. 

NB: the search interface is in German, but many records in English are included. 

17 April 2013

New e-Resource - Brill Journal Archive Online Part II

We now have access to the full-text journals in the Brill Journal Archive Online Part II.

Both Parts I and II have now been purchased by JISC Collections to support the teaching, learning and research needs of the UK Higher Education community.

The Brill Journal Archives consist of two parts:
  • Part I - access to over 50,000 articles from more than eighty journals, published by Brill before 2000
  • Part II - covers all 1,254 volumes of 175 journals, published between 2000-2009
The complete Archive offers access to over 100,000 articles in humanities, international law & human rights and biology journals, published by Brill, the international scholarly publisher, before 2010.

All these journals are listed in SAULCAT and on the E-Journals webpage, and are accessible on Brill's new e-journals and e-books platform.

 They are also included on the JISC Journal Archives platform, which forms part of the JISC eCollections service.

16 April 2013

Bioscience ImageBank images added to JISC MediaHub

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Bioscience ImageBank
A new collection of images from Bioscience ImageBank has been added to JISC MediaHub, the definitive academic video, image and audio resource.

Bioscience ImageBank contains over 6,000 bioscience images which are freely available and licensed for use in learning and teaching.

Content covers a wide range of subjects from Agriculture to Zoology, and includes images from all the major taxonomic groups. 

Many images are accompanied by a short description and the species name and common name where appropriate.

All images and accompanying information have been checked for accuracy by subject experts, to make it an authoritative source.

11 April 2013

5 Current Database Trials - feedback appreciated

A reminder that we currently have free trial access to several databases, for evaluation purposes.

Due to finish soon are: 

Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema
- ends 20 April 

Romanticism, Life, Literature and Landscape - ends 20 April 
ARTstor (1.5 million images and much more ...) - ends 24 April 
Oxford Bibliographies - Renaissance & Reformation and Medieval Studies - ends 30 April 
Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC) - ends 2 May 2013 

Your feedback about these databases will assist the overall assessment, and would be much appreciated.

Please use the Comments link under the blog entry for each trial to give us your thoughts.

You can also use the e-mail button to send this information on to others.

10 April 2013

e-Book Trial - over 200 new e-books selected by you!

Our innovative e-book trial in which you decide which titles are bought, has been running now for two months.

Over 200 titles have been identified and purchased, during this time, so please keep the e-book accesses coming! 

You can preview over 28,000 trial titles in SAULCAT, so you have lots to choose from, to assist your research.

The 10 most well-used titles, so far, are:

  • Introduction to Statistics with SPSS for Social Science Pearson Education
  • Defenders of the motherland: the Tsarist elite in revolutionary Russia Oxford University Press
  • African Hosts and their Guests: cultural dynamics of tourism James Currey Publishers
  • Foreign policy analysis: a comparative introduction Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
  • Human rights and social movements Pluto Press
  • Power, National Security, and Transformational Global Events: Challenges Confronting America, China, and Iran CRC Press Inc
  • (En)gendering the war on terror: war stories and camouflaged politics Ashgate Publishing
  • Plantagenet England, 1225-1360 Oxford University Press
  • The Vietnam War: a concise international history Oxford University Press
  • Rembrandt and the female nude Amsterdam University Press
    Please use the Comments link below to give us your thoughts about this trial, or the e-mail button to send this information to friends. 

    NB:  use your University account details to login to the trial e-books, both on- and off-campus

    9 April 2013

    100 Websites: Capturing the Digital Universe

    "Websites don’t last forever. Formats change, whole sites disappear and, once lost, digital content is irretrievable"

    But from 6 April 2013, this changed as the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge University Library and Trinity College Dublin, gained powers to archive the entire UK web, along with e-journals, e-books and other formats.

    Regulations enable websites that end in .uk, or that are created or published in the UK, to be archived.

    But how will we be using the Web in 100, 500 or 1,000 years time? And what will it say about who we were in 2013?

    To mark the new regulations, curators from these libraries have chosen 100 websites which they judge to be essential reading for future generations researching our life and times in 2013. 

    Take a look at the 100 Websites - they range from the homepage of a Scottish bus shelter to big culture-changers like Facebook and eBay.

    The curators also want to know what you think - which UK websites aren't  included on this list that you'd want future generations to remember? 

    Join the debate on Twitter - use the #digitaluniverse hashtag - and tell them which websites would be on your list!

    4 April 2013

    Trial eResource - Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC)

    We have a free trial of the Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue database, until 3 May 2013.

    The NSTC is a catalogue of over 1.2 million records for printed material, in English, published in the United States and the British Empire, between 1801-1919.

    It 'defines the printed record of the English-speaking world' for this period.

    It includes records from the catalogues of eight copyright and research libraries - the Bodleian Library; the British Library; Harvard University Library; the Library of Congress; the Library of Trinity College, Dublin; the National Library of Scotland, and the University Libraries of Cambridge and Newcastle.

    As well as providing exhaustive coverage of monograph publication during this period, the NSTC indexes works of literature, translations, legal documents, political pamphlets, medical and scientific monographs, thousands of periodicals, directories and other ephemeral publications. 

    It is an invaluable tool for research in a wide variety of disciplines, and allows personal research bibliographies to be created and saved.