28 July 2013

New e-Resource - Brockelmann Online

The Library has acquired perpetual access to another important online resource - Brockelmann Online.

Brockelmann Online is an indispensible research tool for anyone working on the Islamic world in general, and the Middle East in particular. 

This full-text reference work consists of both of the original volumes of Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (GAL) by Carl Brockelmann (1868-1956), as well as the three supplement volumes, including the indexes.

It offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period.

It  is divided in chronologically organized sections, subdivided by literary genre. Individual entries typically consist of a biographical section and a list of the author’s works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature.

The full-text search capability makes Brockelmann Online easy to use and consult.

 NB:  future updates will include annotations to the original text

27 July 2013

New e-Resource - OECD iLibrary

You now have access to the OECD iLibrary database, the online publications portal of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development).

The OECD brings together 34 member countries that share the principles of the market economy, democracy and respect for human rights, and provides a unique forum to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy. 

The OECD iLibrary is the OECD's 'global knowledge base'. It gives full-text access to all the books, journals, working papers and statistical datasets released, since 1998, by the following organizations:
  • OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
  • OECD Development Centre 
  • PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment)
  • International Transport Forum (ITF)
The OECD iLibrary includes: 
  • Books - 17 Themes, Annuals and Outlooks, and Book Series - 8,330 e-books are available, so far
  • Papers - Journals, Annuals and Outlooks, and Working Paper Series  
  • Statistics - 28 OECD statistical databases, 2,500 ready-made statistical excel-files, all OECD statistical periodicals and yearbooks, and tools to work with and export statistical data on the OECD.Stat-interface
Read a detailed brochure describing the OECD iLibrary

26 July 2013

New e-Resources - Oxford Bibliographies Online: Medieval Studies and Renaissance & Reformation

Two new perpetual-access modules of the important Oxford Bibliographies Online series have been purchased:   

Oxford Bibliographies Medieval Studies

Oxford Bibliographies are authoritative research guides developed by scholars and librarians worldwide.
 

They combine the best features of a research-level encyclopedia and a traditional bibliography, and are designed to guide researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.
Specially-commissioned expert recommendations provide narrative guides, supportive text and annotations. 
 

Medieval Studies explores European and Mediterranean civilization from the 4th-15th Centuries; Renaissance and Reformation spans roughly from the 14th-17th Centuries. Both periods are rich in history and are of critical importance to the understanding of Western culture. 

Take a quick guided tour and watch students and faculty discuss how they use Oxford Bibliographies for research and teaching.

NB: We have already purchased perpetual access to Oxford Bibliographies Classics and Oxford Bibliographies Philosophy

Off-campus access: login via the Access Management Federation login (bottom left of screen), using your University Account details (Shibbolised access)

25 July 2013

New e-Resource - Education Literature Datasets

The Education Literature Datasets database is another new subscription taken out by the Library.

This is a collection of three bibliographic databases covering education and training journals:

British Education Index
1975 to date; produced by Leeds University; Provides information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK, with strong coverage of educational policy and administration, evaluation and assessment, technology and special educational needs

Australian Education Index
1977 to date; produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research. This is a collection of research documents relating to educational trends, policy, and practices in teaching, learning and educational management

ERIC (Education Resource Information Centre)
1966 to date; produced by the US Department of Education. Provides access to education-related articles, conferences, meetings, government documents, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, books and monographs, etc.

Access via the links above
  • then click on the ‘searching: 13 databases’ link (top left of screen)
  • and you'll see each database listed
  • you can choose to search them simultaneously, if you wish
This database is updated monthly.

23 July 2013

New e-Resource - World Religion Database

The World Religion Database is another valuable addition to the Library's extensive collection of research databases.

It contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country in the world, and is the major source for providing a definitive picture of international religious demography. 

Both current and historical data is provided, as well as sophisticated forecasts of future developments. 

For each of the world’s religions, best estimates at multiple dates for the period 1900 to 2050, are provided.

World Religion Database also offers access to the censuses and surveys which underlie the figures in the database.

WRD is updated regularly with new sets of data as they become available, for example, with religious freedom information for all countries in the world.

22 July 2013

New e-Resource - Drama Online

Drama Online, a new subscription taken out by the Library, offers a unique way to study the most performed and critically acclaimed plays, from 5th Century BC to the present day.

The collection features the lists of Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare and Faber & Faber, as well as production photos from the V&A, and is continually updated with the latest modern playwrights.

Drama Online introduces new writers alongside iconic names in playwriting history, and provides contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.

Scholarly notes, annotated texts, critical analysis and interpretations, theatre history and reference works on authors, movements, practitioners, periods and genres are included, together with performance texts, and acting and backstage guides.

View the title and author list for the 2013 collection. Titles include:
  • the scholarly editions of The Arden Shakespeare
  • realist works from Ibsen and Chekhov
  • major foreign works in translation from Brecht, Pirandello, De Filippo,Wedekind, etc 
  • comic masterpieces from Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward
  • modern classics from Stoppard, Churchill, Ravenhill, Bond, Ayckbourn, Hampton, Friel, Russell, Osborne, etc 
  • the latest contemporary writers such as Polly Stenham, Katori Hall, D.C. Moore, James Graham, Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Lucy Prebble, and theatre companies Complicité and Filter
Check out the monologue and cast size searches!

Off-campus access: login via the Institution link, with your University account details

11 July 2013

New e-Resource - Asian Film Online

Asian Film Online is a recent subscription by the Library, and it makes a welcome addition to the growing collection of media databases available for teaching and research.

Contact us for an access password (St Andrews staff and students only). Access from Autumn 2013 will be with your University account details.

Asian Film Online is an online streaming video collection of narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts.With Asian voices addressing Asian issues, and through works selected by Asian film experts, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights.


Its themes are central to any meaningful discussion of Asian culture and cover topics such as modernity, globalisation, national identity, female agency, inequalities in opportunity amid social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity.

More than 75% of the films are streamed exclusively in Asian Film Online , and more than 60% are award winners. Twenty-four Asian countries are represented, with a strong concentration on China, India, Iran, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.

The collection features internationally acclaimed directors such as:
  • Xie Fei, an award winner from China (A Girl from Hunan; Black Snow; Woman from the Lake of Scented Souls; A Mongolian Tale; Song of Tibet)
  • Iranian new-wave director Dariush Mehrjui (The Cycle; Pari; The Lodgers; Mum’s Guest)
  • Leading Indonesian director Garin Nugroho (And the Moon Dances; A Poet; Bird Man Tale)
  • South Korean feminist documentarian Kim Soyoung (Koryu: Southern Woman; New Woman: Her First Song; I’ll Be Seeing Her: Images of Women in Korean Cinema)