31 May 2013

e-Book Trial - over 400 new e-books selected by you!

Over 400 e-books have now been purchased in our innovative e-book trial in which you decide which titles are bought.

The trial has been running now for nearly four months.

You can preview over 28,000 trial titles in SAULCAT, so there are lots more to select from.

The 10 most well-used titles, so far, are:
Use the Comments link below to give us your thoughts, or the e-mail button to send this information to friends.

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

30 May 2013

New e-Resource - Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Online is a new permanent-access database purchase, by the Library.

With over 950 full-text entries and approximately 400 contributing scholars, the Encyclopedia is the authoritative reference work for research on all aspects of Hebrew language and linguistics, general linguistics, Biblical studies, Hebrew and Jewish literature, and related fields.

The Encyclopedia allows you to:
  • search the full text by keyword and Hebrew character set, in addition to advanced search options
  • navigate extensive cross-references via hyperlinks
  • access tertiary treatment of a wide range of topics such as the Hebrew of various sources (texts, manuscripts, inscriptions, reading traditions), major grammatical features (phonology, morphology, and syntax), lexicon, script and paleography, theoretical linguistic approaches, etc
  • receive annual updates with new articles, images, and multimedia, in particular sound recordings, beginning the year after publication
  • benefit from a synthesis of scholarly research from Israel, Europe, North America, and Asia
NB: The Encyclopedia requires a Unicode Hebrew font to be installed - the Unicode font SBL Hebrew is recommended  

NB: off-campus access uses your University account Username and Password

29 May 2013

The Scottish Screen Archive - over 100 years of Scottish history

'Seawards the Great Ships' film
© Scottish Screen Archive/NLS
The Scottish Screen Archive is a film and video collection of over 100 years of Scotland's history.

It was set up in 1976 to protect and provide access to Scotland's moving image heritage, and has been based at the National Library of Scotland, since 1 April 2007. 

The archive reflects:
  • 20th-century Scottish social, cultural and industrial history 
  • the lives of ordinary Scots across the generations 
  • the achievements of Scottish film-makers in the craft of film production
The archive houses more than 32,000 items, mostly non-fiction, including:
  • documentaries 
  • newsreels
  • educational material
  • television and public information films
  • industrial material
  • advertising and promotional material
 Search the catalogue to:

27 May 2013

National Library of Scotland - Family History blog

The National Library of Scotland's family history blog supplements the advice provided on the Library's Special Collections family history research and genealogical resource pages.

Intended to publicise Scottish material in the NLS collections which is of relevance to family history research, recent entries cover such diverse areas as:
The NLS blog is regularly updated with new information and sources.

21 May 2013

ARTstor - online training sessions and videos

Take advantage of online training for our new ARTstor Digital Library subscription, run by ARTstor staff.
All sessions are scheduled in Eastern Time (EST).  Remember to convert these times to your own time zone to find a convenient session 

Basic ARTstor Webinars for All Users 

These 30-minute sessions provide an overview of tools and features in the ARTstor Digital Library:

View, Print and Download Images     May 29  1.00pm  EST     Register now
View, Print, Download Images     June 3  3.00 pm EST     Register now

ARTstor Mobile     June 14  11am EST     Register now

Find images in ARTstor     June 17  2.00pm EST     Register now

View, Print, Download Images     June 26  10.00am EST     Register now

Advanced ARTstor Webinars for Instructor-Level Users 

These 30-60 minute sessions are designed for instructor-level users, and focus on tools and features for integrating images (from ARTstor Digital Library, and also your own images), in course teaching:

Using Folders     June 12  12.00 pm EST     Register now

Personal Collections     June 20  11.00 am EST     Register now

NB: You must register at least 24 hours before each session is scheduled to begin. Space is limited 

also offers a range of detailed instructional videos on the ARTstor YouTube channel.

10 May 2013

rock'sbackpages - the ultimate music journalism archive

Described as 'the ultimate archive of music journalism', rocksbackpages provides:
  • ... over 20,000 searchable, full-text articles, interviews and reviews
  • ... on over 2,500 artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top
  • ... on all types of popular music, from rockabilly to hip hop
  • ... by the finest music writers and critics
  • ... from the 1950's to the present
rock'sbackpages is the largest database of rock music journalism in the world.

The wide range of content from international publications such as Rolling Stone, New Musical Express, Melody Maker, etc., makes it an invaluable resource for studies in genre, politics and subcultures, cultural history, and other subjects. 

Today's Top 10 Articles

  1. Burt Bacharach: 'Time Is My Enemy'
    Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 1964
  2. Bacharach to the Future
    Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 1995
  3. We're In Love With This Guy: Hal David
    Interview by Terry Staunton, music365.com, 2000
  4. Oasis: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Beatles...
    Interview by Cliff Jones, Face, The, 1994
  5. David Bowie (1995)
    Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995
  6. John Cale: Central Park Life
    Interview by Cliff Jones, Arena Homme Plus, 1997
  7. Van Dyke Parks
    Interview by John Tobler, Hot Wacks, 1973
  8. Heavy Cohen
    Interview by Cliff Jones, Rock CD, 1992
  9. The Sid Vicious Guide To London Hotels
    Report by Nick Kent, NME, 1977
  10. Ghosts Of Progressive Rock Past: Led Zeppelin et al at Knebworth
    Report by Paul Morley, NME, 1979
Off-campus access: login via your Home Institution, using your University Computer Account Username and Password

8 May 2013

Manufacturing Past - post-World War II manufacturing brought to life

Manufacturing Pasts, a project led by the University of Leicester and funded by Jisc, has released over 1,700 historical sources for learning and teaching. 

The resources tell what life was like in British industrial cities during the second half of the 20th Century.- and how quickly it changed.

Primary historical sources include photographs, maps, architectural drawings, oral history interviews, company publications and newspaper articles; learning resources include virtual tours, timelines, videos, and PowerPoint presentations. 

All these resources have been released under a Creative Commons open licence. This means that they can be re-used and adapted by anyone, providing the creator of the work is acknowledged and the use is for non-commercial purposes.

Four major themes are used to illustrate the changing industrial city:

  • Deindustrialization    
  • Conservation and Regeneration     
  • Social Life of the Factory     
  • The Factory and the Community

    1 May 2013

    ARTstor Travel Awards 2013 - Cities theme for competition

    Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral
    ARTstor Slide Gallery
    from: University of California, San Diego
    The ARTstor Travel Awards are annual awards which are open to all students and staff to enter! 

    Five winners - students, academics, curators, librarians, in any field - will win $1,500 each, to help support travel-related educational and scholarly activities.

    This year the theme is cities: their histories and development, their depictions in art and documentation, their architecture, their ruins, their governments, their peoples, their myths. 

    Create an ARTstor image group or groups and a single essay (500 words or less) that "creatively introduces us to a city or cities we did not know or reveals an intriguing aspect of the cities we do know".

    Winning essays will be published on the ARTstor website and their blog and social media channels.

    Deadline: Friday, 17 May 2013
    Competition rules 

    * images and text from ARTstor may only be used for noncommercial educational and scholarly purposes