31 January 2013

New look to Cambridge Companions Online and Cambridge Histories Online

Cambridge Companions Online and Cambridge Histories Online have a great new look, launched today.

Improvements include:
  • a clearer site re-design
  • an improved ‘My Companions’ personalisation area –  this allows you to save searches and bookmarks, and create workgroups
  • improved search results – you can now view search results as chapters or as books
  • monthly content updates – new published content will be added every month, as available
  • alerts sign-up  – you can set up alerts, by e-mail or RSS, to notify you of new content and new functionality
  • latest titles listed on homepage –  provides a quick way of finding out what new titles have been added
  •  forthcoming title list – a list of planned titles will be shown, before they become available online
  •  two site releases per year – these will improve the functionality of the database platform
 View the new Powerpoint Guided Tour here

    30 January 2013

    Be Alert to new research - use ‘Zetoc Alerts’

    Want to keep up to date with new research and see what's being published, as it happens?  

    Have you discovered Zetoc Alerts yet?

    Zetoc is an important search and current awareness service for newly published international research.

    It provides details of the contents of over 28,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings, back to 1993, through the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents service.

    You can register and setup personalised Zetoc Alerts or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles related to your interests. 

    You will then be e-mailed the tables of contents of particular journals, and also details of when articles are published in your subject area.

    Over 2,081,058 Zetoc Alerts were sent out to individual researchers, in 2012

    Find out more about Zetoc Alerts at: http://zetoc.mimas.ac.uk/alertguide.html

    29 January 2013

    New e-Resource - Past Masters in Philosophy

    We're delighted to have added permanent access to more Past Masters e-book collections.

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definitive full-text editions of the complete works of seminal figures in the humanities, including published and unpublished works, articles and essays, reviews and correspondence.

    Recent additions include:
    Anselm: Opera Omnia

    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

    25 January 2013

    Burns - a Celebration of E-Resources

    Why not celebrate Scotland's national poet, with a 'taster' of just a few of the Library's many relevant e-resources (you may need to login to some with your University account details)
    • information, images, audio recordings, letters, museum and gallery artefacts, photographs, links to locations in online maps, and to Burns Scotland, etc, (in SCRAN)
    • ... and finally, No Holds Bard, a contemporary comedy following five competitors for the Cup O' Kindness, the trophy awarded to the winner of a Burns recitation contest (film; Box of Broadcasts National)

    24 January 2013

    Web of Knowledge - new functionality

    The latest January release of the Web of Knowledge database includes many exciting improvements, such as:
    • left hand truncation now available in certain fields of each record eg title
    • search for a cited article or book title in a Cited Reference Search
    • find records by Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers
    • more descriptive error messages
    • easier navigation, especially via touch pad or touch screen
    • ... and many more improvements

    23 January 2013

    Video introduction to JISC Historic Books

    A very short (1.5 minute) silent video to introduce the JISC Historic Books e-resource to you.  

    JISC Historic Books enables you to cross-search over 350,000 e-books published in Britain between 1475-1900, from the following significant collections:
    • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
    • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
    • 19th Century books from the British Library collection
    JISC Historic Books is included in the new JISC eCollections service, along with JISC Journal Archives and JISC MediaHub

    The video will let you see how the content of this platform can be used to support teaching, learning and research in different subject areas.

    More information is given in this detailed leaflet.

    22 January 2013

    Literature Online - 5 new full-text e-journals

    The latest release of Literature Online is now live, and includes the following new content: 
    • 5 new full-text e-journals, taking the total of f/t titles to 366 
    Transnational Literature
    WLA: War, Literature & the Arts 
    Woolf Studies Annual 
    Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History 

    More new titles will be added shortly in the fields of literary, linguistic and cultural studies 
    • 25 new or revised Author biographies, including ones for William Archer, Norm Foster, Gary Geddes, Mary Eva Kelly, Henning Mankell and Douglas Oliver 
    Literature Online now contains over 21,000 author records with at least one of the following: 
    • an authoritative biography (4,900 commissioned biographies provide an overview of the author's life, work and critical reception)
    • full-text of the author's works
    • a comprehensive bibliography of primary works
    • or a list of full-text critical and reference materials relating to the author

    13 January 2013

    New e-Resource - Translated Texts for Historians E-Library

    After a successful trial in 2012, we now have permanent access to the e-books series Translated Texts for Historians E-Library.

    TTHL is a 52-volume series of scholarly English translations of important historical texts, from 300-800 AD. This period saw the transformation of the classical world, the beginnings of Europe and of Islam, and the evolution of Byzantium. It is produced by Liverpool University Press.

    In many cases, these sources have been translated for the first time, from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian, Armenian and Old Irish. The result is over 13,000 pages of translated text.

    Each volume includes an introduction setting the texts and authors in context, and notes on content, interpretation and debates.

    Coverage includes: histories, chronicles, letters, annals, formularies, compendia, political speeches, military and theological handbooks, poems, documentary sources, records of church councils, biblical and theological commentaries, sermons, church histories, Christian treatises, Christian and pagan panegyric and polemic, Neoplatonic texts, lives of saints, bishops and popes 

    Annual update volumes will be added to the series. 

    NB: all individual volumes have been added to SAULCAT, the Library catalogue

    NB: off-campus access: use University Computer Account Username and Password (Shibbolised access)

    12 January 2013

    Datastream and ThomsonONE - online training sessions

    Get the most out of Thomson Reuters Datastream and ThomsonONE.com Investment Banking with free online Q&A sessions. 

    Run by specialists, these sessions are designed to answer any questions you may have. 

    Use your university e-mail address to sign up for the January sessions here

    Extensive training material and 'live' training sessions can be accessed at training.thomsonreuters.com  

    Test and prove your knowledge with the free Certification Program from Thomson Reuters.  Click the links below to get started:
    You can find out more about the Certification Program with this introductory video