31 August 2013

New e-Resource - The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

We are delighted to announce a permanent-access purchase of The International Encyclopedia of Ethics database, the online equivalent of the recently-published 9-volume reference work.

Reviews of the Encyclopedia are uniformly excellent; it is regarded as authoritative, balanced, and outstanding in its scholarship and scope, and as the definitive source reference work on Ethics.

"The International Encyclopedia of Ethics is breathtaking in its ambition and scope  ...  Every major research institution in the world will need to acquire or have access to it, as philosophers and non-philosophers alike will turn to it again and again for illumination of the many ethical concepts and issues that are so important in our lives.  There is simply nothing else like it!"  
Larry S. Temkin, Rutgers University

"The International Encyclopedia of Ethics will be a major resource for anyone interested in becoming familiar with the best scholarship on just about any topic in ethics.  The editors have done a superb job, and the entries are of the highest quality.  Highly recommended."  
John Martin Fischer, University of California, Riverside
Over 700 detailed analytical entries, written by international experts, cover major philosophical, legal and religious traditions and provide clear definitions and explanations of all areas of ethics including the topics, movements, arguments, and key figures - Western and non-Western, historical and contemporary, religious and secular, metaethical and normative alike. 

27 August 2013

New e-Resource - Mass Observation III

Described as 'one of the great treasure troves of twentieth-century British history', Mass Observation Online covers the cultural and social history of Britain between 1937-1972. 

We now have permanent access to Update III, the latest addition. It supplements existing coverage of the war years and includes:

Diaries, Men and Women, 1946-1950 
these allow users to trace and compare individual accounts of everyday life and events in Britain in the first five years following the end of the Second World War. 

Directives, Men and Women, 1946-1947 
this complete set covers varied subjects such as political parties and policies, drinking habits, spiritualism, the cost of living, Britain’s place in the world, anti-Semitism, responses to the Nuremberg Trials, etc

Topic Collections 
30 new Collections from the war and post-war years are being added, more than doubling the previous Topic Collection digital holdings. These include:
  • Propaganda and Morale, 1939-1944 
  • Conscientious Objection and Pacifism, 1939-1944 
  • Press, 1938-42 
  • Police, Law and Invasion Preparations, 1939-1941 
  • Reconstruction, 1941-1942 
  • Coal Mining, 1938-1948 
  • Industry, 1940-1955 
  • Sexual Behaviour, 1939-1950; Health 1939-1947; Family Planning, 1944-1949; Live Entertainment, Sport and Holidays.
The new content allows in-depth research of the post-war austerity period, and the rise of consumerism and the welfare state.

NB: University staff and students have permanent access to all parts of this important resource

Off-campus access: login via the UK Federation link, using your University Username and Password

26 August 2013

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

Following a successful trial period, the Library has subscribed to BDSL Online, the online version of the Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft.

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