30 June 2013

Oxford University Press databases - online training session

Get the most out of some of the Library's Oxford University Press database subscriptions by joining an online training session on Friday 5 July at 11:00:
  • Oxford Bibliographies - we have Classics and Philosophy, with Medieval Studies and Renaissance and Reformation coming soon 
  • Oxford Handbooks Online - Philosophy coming soon 
  • Oxford Journals
The training session will be held by Mark Turner, an Oxford University Press trainer.  It is is open to anyone and is free of charge.

It will last about 40 minutes and will look at different search options, features and practical uses of each database. There will also be time for questions. 
You can access the session from anywhere - all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and sound.

Please register here if you would like to attend. You will receive an invitation which contains details of how to log in to the session.

29 June 2013

BFI InView: British history through the lens

BFI InView: British history through the lens offers over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th to the early 21st Century, from the British Film Institute

It offers the following film Collections:
  • Government Film
  • Politics
  • Early Film
  • Industry
  • Television
which cover six main Themes, each with an introductory essay by an academic historian:
  • Education
  • UK Industry and Economy
  • Health
  • Law and Order
  • Environment
  • Immigration, Race and Equality

28 June 2013

New e-Resource - The World Scholar: Latin American and Caribbean Digital Archive

The World Scholar: Latin American and Caribbean Digital Archive is a recent permanent-access database purchase, made by the Library.

It is an important archive of digitised primary source documents which focus on the history, politics, economics, religion, culture, international affairs, science and technology of Latin America and the Caribbean, from the early 1800s onward.

The primary source documents are sourced from archive collections in the United States and beyond, and comprise academic journals and articles, newspapers, original manuscripts, signed letters, expedition records, reports, maps, diaries, ephemera, statistical data, audio and video, etc., from sources such as:
  • Bauza Maps and Manuscripts Collection
  • Brazil's Popular Groups, 1966-1986
  • Coleccion De Documentos Ineditos Relativos Al Descubrimiento, Conquista Y Organizacion De Las Antiguas Posesiones Espanolas De America Y Oceania. -- Madrid : M.B. de Quyros, 1864-1884
  • Conquistadors: The Struggle for Colonial Power in Latin America, 1492-1825
  • Latin American History and Culture: An Archival Record, Series 1: The Yale University Collection of Latin American Manuscripts, Parts 1-7
  • Latin American and Iberian biographies
  • Mexican and Central American Political and Social Ephemera
  • Papers of Agustin de Iturbide, 1799-1880
The World Scholar: Latin American and Caribbean is the first in a series of regional studies products to be released by Gale.

27 June 2013

New e-Resource - Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) I-IV

The Library is very pleased to announce the permanent-access purchase of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) I-IV, following a very successful trial, and positive feedback from Schools.

NCCO is a scholarly digitisation project providing a wide range of searchable full-text primary sources for the 'long' 19th century (1789-1914); it is a sequel to Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).

It unites a wide range of previously unavailable primary sources, invaluable for a wide range of academic disciplines, and includes works in Western and non-Western languages, sourced from rare collections at libraries and other worldwide institutions. Read more here

Contents include: books and monographs, newspapers and periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, pamphlets, diaries and personal letters; maps and ephemera.

The first 4 archives are:

British Politics and Society
European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
British Theatre, Music,and Literature: High and Popular Culture

 Off-campus access: login via the Shibboleth login, using your University Username and Password

26 June 2013

New e-Resource - Springer Protocols

SpringerProtocols, the world's largest databases of peer-reviewed health and life sciences protocols, has been made freely available to UK Higher Education, by JISC Collections.

We have access to the Protocols published between 1980-2012.

These step-by-step procedural 'recipes' allow scientists to recreate experiments in their own laboratories.  

They describe the equipment, procedures, safety, bias, procedures, statistical methods, reporting and troubleshooting standards to be used in order to conduct experiments successfully.

SpringerProtocols now contains more than 29,000 protocols, most of which come from the classic book series Methods in Molecular Biology, but also from the other series, below:
  • Methods in Molecular Biology (926 volumes)
  • Methods in Molecular Medicine (140 volumes)
  • Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology (13 volumes)
  • Neuromethods (73 volumes)
  • Springer Protocols Handbooks (8 volumes)
  • plus 21 additional books, not part of series 
  • the coverage is between 1980-2012
More than 2,000 protocols are added each year.

Watch a YouTube video about SpringerProtocol.

Off-campus access: login via the Shibboleth login, using your University Username and Password

25 June 2013

SEEKER Snippet 16: how to limit your results by format of material

SEEKER allows you to do a single search across most of the Library's e-resources.

It's also easy to limit your search results in various ways.

For example, if you want look for a certain type of material eg e-books, videos, news reports, etc, this is easy to do:
  • do a SEEKER search eg for 'renewable energy
  • and check the 'Show more' link (under Source Types on the left-hand menu)
  • to see the different formats that information is available to you in - journals, books, news, conference material, e-books, videos, etc