31 October 2013

From Smallpox to Sun Lamps - London's Pulse, London's health records

 
The recent launch of London’s Pulse, a project from the Wellcome Library, offers around 5,800 reports, compiled annually by Medical Officers of Health, from 1848 to 1973.

These digitised reports offer a detailed portrait of London life and the lives of Londoners, providing a wealth of information about health and illness, home and workplace life, etc., over a period of major social, economic and technological change.

They record statistics on births, deaths and illness, infant mortality and infectious disease, and supply a comprehensive insight into how and where Londoners were living, working and dying.

Uncover the stories behind the statistics, and find information on:
  • London’s lost trades, such as hair-merchants and pigeon-fatteners
  • the conditions of child-workers in factories and families in slum housing
  • Londoners’ changing tastes in fast-food from oysters to Chinese takeaways
  • records of attendance at maternity and child welfare clinics 
  • medical statistics - from deaths from diseases such as ague and cholera, to the numbers of boils lanced or carbuncles cured 
Searchable by date and region, London’s Pulse allows you to trace the changing fortunes of London boroughs – even streets - and the spread of diseases across the capital.

30 October 2013

Students! - win an iPad mini with a textbook survey

Your opinion matters!
Be in with a chance of winning an iPad mini! - spend a few minutes completing a short survey about textbooks from Sage publishers, and you can enter a prize draw for an iPad.

Sage is interested in knowing what students think about textbooks, to help them continue to develop their resources in line with your needs - so if you have a couple of spare minutes, they'd appreciate it.

We'll also get a copy of the anonymised findings, so we're keen to see a good response, too!

28 October 2013

Special Offer - 100 Palgrave Connect e-books FREE for 100 hours

100 Titles FREE for 100 Hours!

From now until 1.00 pm on 1 November 2013, you can access the first 100 Palgrave Pivot titles - free.  

Palgrave Macmillan's mid-form monograph format  - Palgrave Pivot - allows authors to publish at lengths between the journal article and the conventional monograph (typically 25K-50K words). Titles are published within 12 weeks of acceptance with a complete peer-review process.
 
Over 100 titles across the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Business have now been published. 

Titles are hosted on the Palgrave Connect platform and as individual e-books for personal use. The Library has over 2,400 e-books on the Palgrave Connect platform - all are listed individually in SAULCAT.

26 October 2013

New e-Resource - Historischer und Kritischer Kommentar zu Friedrich Nietzsches Werken

Historischer und Kritischer Kommentar zu Friedrich Nietzsches Werken (Historical and Critical Commentary on the Works of Friedrich Nietzsche), is a recent addition to our e-resources portfolio.

Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, philologist, poet, critic and composer, was one of the most influential figures of the intellectual and cultural history of the 20th century. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science.

Produced by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, this comprehensive, annotated, historical and critical commentary examines the philosophical, historical, and literary factors and contexts that inform Nietzsche's work, providing an indispensible basis for research on this important philosopher. 

A total of six volumes are planned, to be released in multiple sub-volumes, with a seventh index volume. The entire edition will be completed in 2023.

We have perpetual access to the following volumes, so far:
NB: off-campus access: use University Computer Account Username and Password (Shibbolised access)

25 October 2013

New e-Resource - Eighteenth Century Journals V: The Lady’s Magazine and Other Titles, 1712-1835

Our recent permanent-access purchase of Eighteenth Century Journals V: The Lady’s Magazine and Other Titles, 1712-1835 (titles) completes the Eighteenth Century Journals database.

We already have permanent full-text access to Eighteenth Century Journals I-IV.

All aspects of eighteenth-century studies are covered, including British and European literature, theatre and popular entertainment, politics, religion, the American and French Revolutions, social life, gender, the origins and rise of Romanticism, exoticism and imperialism, and the culture of print. 

The five sections are:
    I    Newspapers and Periodicals, 1693-1793, from the Bodleian Library, Oxford
     II   Newspapers and Periodicals, 1699-1812, from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin
     III  Newspapers and Periodicals, 1680-1816, from British Library Newspapers, Colindale and Cambridge University Library
     IV   Newspapers and Periodicals, 1708-1820, from Chetham's Library, Manchester and the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds
     V   The Lady’s Magazine and Other Titles, 1712-1835, from Birmingham Central Library, British Library, Cambridge University Library and Liverpool John Moores University Library

Search results display the digital image of the original and a transcript of each page.

Titles have been screened against other 18thC scholarly databases to ensure little overlap with Early English Books Online (EEBO); 19th Century British Library Newspapers; Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO); The Burney Collection; and British Periodicals.

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

24 October 2013

New e-Resource - Annual Review of Economics 2009-2012

We now have permanent access to the Annual Review of Economics, between 2009-2012.

Each year, the Annual Reviews series offer collections of critical reviews of the most significant primary research literature published during that year.  They cover a wide range of disciplines, and are written by leading academics.

These critical reviews help researchers to keep up to date in their area of research, by providing guides to the most important contributions in their subject areas.

Each article provides links into the primary research literature referenced within it. 

The Annual Review of Economics covers significant developments in the field of economics, including: macroeconomics and money; microeconomics, including economic psychology; international economics; public finance; health economics; education; economic growth and technological change; economic development; social economics, including culture, institutions, social interaction, and networks; game theory, political economy, social choice, etc.

23 October 2013

Springer e-books - now offer full book download

Springer e-books now offer ‘full book download functionality’, which enables you to download any chapters or the full-book PDF of any Springer e-books we have access to, without any restrictions.

These e-books can also be viewed on any tablets and mobile devices as the site-setup is automatically adjusted to the optimal screensize of the device being used.

The Library purchased permanent, unlimited, access to the complete Springer eBook Collection of over 30,000 English-language titles, published between 2005-2011. 

All these e-books are listed in SAULCAT.

Subjects include: Behavioral Science; Biomedical & Life Sciences; Business & Economics; Chemistry & Material Science; Computer Science; Earth &  Environmental Science; Engineering; Humanities, Social Sciences & Law; Mathematics & Statistics; Medicine; and Physics & Astronomy.

NB: these e-books don't use DRM (Digital Rights Management) so it's possible for you to print and e-mail chapters without any restrictions (but within reason, of course)

13 October 2013

Seven Current Database Trials - what's your opinion?

Where possible, we like to organise free trials of new e-resources to offer you the chance to see their value to current teaching and research, and to allow time for a thorough assessment to take place.

Your opinions about these trial databases are very valuable in helping us to determine what the next step should be, and feedback and comments are much appreciated.

We have seven ongoing e-resource trials, at present, with more to come.  If you have used any of these databases, we would value your comments.

Please use the Comments link under the entries in this blog, to provide us with feedback. Thank you. 

Encyclopaedia Islamica Online - until 31 Oct 2013
based on the abridged and edited translation of the Persian Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī, one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world 

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics - until 31 Oct 2013 
indispensable research tool for the study of Greek, of linguistics, and of other Indo-European languages, as well as of Biblical literature

Electronic Enlightenment - until 7 Nov 2013
fascinating online collection of correspondence from the early modern world, which offers a unique and revealing glimpse into the lives, letters and minds of the time 

The Making of the Modern World - until 7 Nov 2013
wide-ranging collection of primary source documents and books that are essential to the understanding of the social, political and economic development of the western world, from 1450-1915 

Academic Video Online: Premium - until 30 Nov 2013
search across thousands of videos covering a wide range of subjects, create clips and playlists, share and post them online, view already-created clips and playlists, etc
 
Numérique Premium - until 1 Dec 2013
access to over 1,500 e-books in French, from 30 French-speaking publishers and societies, by the end of 2013 

Gale Virtual Reference Library - until 31 March 2014
access to nearly 600 online reference titles

11 October 2013

Trial e-Resource - The Making of the Modern World


We are delighted to offer free trial access to The Making of the Modern World database, until 7 November 2013.


This unique resource contains a wide-ranging collection of primary source documents and books that are essential to the understanding of the social, political and economic development of the western world, from the mid-15th to the early 20th century.

The Making of the Modern World is composed of two chronological parts which can be searched as one: 
  • The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 
 - supports research into the dynamics of Western trade and wealth that shaped the world during this period, and offers new ways of understanding the Industrial Revolution and the development of modern capitalism; slavery, colonization, the Atlantic world, social history, gender, etc. In many ways, MMO Part I is an extension and expansion of Eighteenth Century Collections Online.
  • The Making of the Modern World, Part II 1851-1914
 - traces the progress of  the 19th century nations' rapidly changing economies through an extensive collection of monographs, political pamphlets and broadsides, government publications, ephemera, proclamations, correspondence, etc.

A range of topics is covered - from 19th century banking history and economic systems to social reform, debates over currency format, theories of valuation and the emerging issue of foreign exchange rates. Special collections on banking, finance, technology, transportation and manufacturing, and the birth of the modern corporation, are also included.

NB: please use the Comments link under this blog entry to provide us with feedback

10 October 2013

Trial e-Resource - Gale Virtual Reference Library (nearly 600 reference e-books)

We've begun an interesting new trial of the Gale Virtual Reference Library e-book collection. This will give us free access to nearly 600 online reference titles for six months - until 31 March 2014.

GVRL offers reference e-books - encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, yearbooks, etc - across 18 subject areas, including Art, Biography, Business, Economics, Environment, History, Law, Medicine, Religion, Science, Technology, etc. 

After the trial ends, the usage statistics will be used to determine if any of the titles should be purchased, on a permanent access basis.

This is referred to as an 'evidence-based' trial since any later purchases will be made on the basis of 'evidence' (the amount of use made of the titles).

We trialled this type of user-driven purchase model very successfully, earlier this year, when over 400 e-books were purchased in our innovative e-book trial in which you decided which titles were bought.
 

NB: The individual e-books in this database will be added to SAULCAT, the Library catalogue, shortly

NB: please use the Comments link under this blog entry to provide us with feedback

9 October 2013

Trial e-Resource - Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics Online

A major new reference work - the Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics - has just been published by Brill.

It brings together the latest research from a range of disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of Ancient Greek.  

Full-text articles cover a wide-range of topics such as the Greek of various sources (texts, manuscripts, inscriptions, reading traditions), major grammatical features (phonology, morphology, and syntax), lexicon, script and paleography, theoretical linguistic approaches, etc.

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics is an indispensable research tool for the study of Greek, of linguistics, and of other Indo-European languages, as well as of Biblical literature.

We have free trial access to the beta version until 31 Oct 2013.  

This contains about 50% of the articles, with the remainder to be loaded by the end of 2013.

NB: please use the Comments link under this blog entry to provide us with feedback

7 October 2013

Trial e-Resource - Numérique Premium (1,500 French e-books)

We have a free trial of the Numérique Premium e-book platform (a subsidiary of Nouveau Monde editions), until 1 December 2013.
 
Numérique Premium will offer access to over 1,500 e-books in French, from 30 French-speaking publishers and societies, by the end of 2013.  

These will be mainly classics, monographs and reference works, and will cover History (military, political, economic, social, cultural), the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The trial currently offers more than 500 full-text e-books, with another 500 e-books being added in the next few weeks.

You should have access to the entire full-text on the Numérique Premium website.
 
NB: please use the Comments link under this blog entry to provide us with feedback