11 November 2013

BBC Archives - short survey needs your views

Calling staff and students! - the British Film and Video Council (BUFVC) needs your help.

The BUFVC is working on an important project to establish which items from the BBC TV and radio archives would be most valuable for teaching and research in higher education.
The archive covers from 1922 -to date, but the BUFVC is particularly interested in the need for older, pre-2007 content. The project also includes material such as documentation, photographs and sheet music.

To get it right, they would like your view on which items are most sought after.

Please complete their short survey and help influence the progess of this project - by 30 November 2013.

All participants who submit a completed survey will be entered into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers worth £50

9 November 2013

SciFinder - recent enhancements

Recent enhancements to the SciFinder database include:
  • the new non-Java CAS Structure Editor (which allows you to draw structures for substance and reaction searches without requiring a Java plug-in), and includes:
               - Reaction arrow tool
               - Undo/Redo with complete cycle of undo/redo actions 
               - Chain tool 
               - Structure drawing preferences for fixed drawing length & angle
  • new content with approximately 23,000 new experimental NMR spectra
  • front page graphics for over 26,000 German patent records
  • a new Display Options layout for ease of use
  • an 'analyze by reagents' option for reaction answer sets 
SciFinder allows you access to the largest collection of substances, reactions, and patent and journal references compiled and updated daily by CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) scientists around the world.

1 November 2013

World News Connection - change of platform

Access to our World News Connection database subscription has changed.

It is now accessed through the Proquest platform, which also allows it to be cross-searched at the same time as other full-text news resources, dissertations and theses databases, etc.

WNC is a valuable research database for monitoring and searching global current events and issues. It  includes unique editorial content from countries that have restricted information sharing with the rest of the world, and offers data back to 2006. It is updated daily.

Content is compiled from over 830 translated non-U.S. media sources - newspaper articles, conference proceedings, TV and radio broadcasts, periodicals, reports, etc. 

Coverage includes business and economics, crime, health and medicine, humanitarian aid, military affairs, politics, science and technology, socioeconomic and environmental issues and events in countries and regions where news is hard to obtain in English.

Links to the individual news sources in WNC appear in SAULCAT and on the E-Journals pages.

NB: off-campus access: use University Computer Account Username and Password (Shibbolised access)
NB: WCN complements our other existing news media subscriptions - CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online), Factiva, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, Nexis (News and Business), and MideastWire.com