16 December 2013

Trial e-Resource - Chatham House Online Archive

The Chatham House Online Archive is newly-available, and we are fortunate to have free trial access to the first module, until 17 January 2013.

The Archive contains the publications of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) from 1920, including thousands of audio recordings from 1966 onwards.

Chatham House, the world-leading independent international affair policy institute, conducts high level analysis and research on global trends and key events and issues, by:
  • engaging governments, the private sector, civil society, etc  in open debates and confidential discussions about significant international affairs developments 
  • producing independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities
  • offering new ideas to decision-makers and -shapers on how these could best be tackled from the near- to the long-term
This archive contains expert analysis, commentary, briefing papers, debates, special reports, conference papers and monographs, speeches by key figures, etc., and is an exceptional source of international affairs knowledge and expertise. 

Contact library@st-andrews.ac.uk for an access Username and Password (St Andrews users only).

13 December 2013

New e-Resource - The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology

The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is an essential reference resource for scholars of global hymnody, with information on the hymns of many countries and languages, and a strong emphasis on the historical as well as the contemporary.

It will be of interest to researchers in literary studies, music, church history, and theology.

Over 300 authors have written more than 4,000 entries on hymns of the Judaeo-Christian tradition, from the earliest years to the present day. The database covers a range of hymn traditions from all the world’s continents, regions, and denominations.
Contact library@st-andrews.ac.uk for an access Username and Password (St Andrews users only). 

Use the Login link at the top of the first screen, and login as an Existing User.

10 December 2013

Trial e-Resource - Global Plants database

We have trial access to the new Global Plants database until 31 December. 

Developed by the Global Plants initiative and JSTOR, Global Plants is a community-contributed database for researchers and conservationists studying the world's plant biodiversity.

It contains more than holds more than 1.8 million high resolution plant type specimens - the authoritative records for plant species that are catalogued in herbaria around the world, along with their scientific names and classifications.

You can view, comment on, and tag content from the collections of more than 300 herbaria in 70 countries, including the New York Botanical Garden, Komarov Botanical Institute, and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. 

Global Plants also includes extensive flora and other reference material, collectors' correspondence and diaries, and many thousands of paintings, photographs, drawings, and other images.

Contact library@st-andrews.ac.uk for an access Username and Password (St Andrews users only).

6 December 2013

Using doctoral theses in your research: free EThOS webinar

Interested in finding out how to search for and download theses, and what to do if a thesis isn't available? Curious to know what will happen to your PhD thesis once it's completed? 

... then join The British Library's free webinar about its EThOS database, which is aimed at researchers, students and anyone who is interested in finding and using PhD theses. 

EThOS is the national database for PhD theses.  It's a great resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.

Date:  Tuesday 10 December 2013 
Time:  11.00 am 
Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5131544266794515713 

Sara Gould, the EThOS Development Manager, will give you the lowdown on the service, and will answer questions after the webinar.

She will also explain how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle, making theses more visible, and available for new researchers to use and build on. 

NB: find other useful theses information on the Library's Theses webpage

5 December 2013

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National - becoming BIGGER and better soon

Advance notice of an exciting new upgrade to BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National, our unique shared online TV and radio recording subscription, and one of our most heavily-used e-resources.

The planned upgrade is the most substantial one since BoB's launch in 2009, and is the result of user feedback. It will deliver a range of new features and much more content.

Please note: BoB will be unavailable between 13-23 December 2013 to prepare for the re-launch on 6 January 2014, so do plan your work accordingly. 

New features and content
  • access to more than 900,000 new BBC TV and radio programmes, dating from 2007, direct from the BBC archive
  • an additional 13 foreign language channels
  • an extended 30 day recording buffer – giving you more channels, available for longer
  • a new website look, including colour, theme, functionality and improved navigation.
  • the ability to search across future and recorded programmes simultaneously
  • interactive transcripts and dynamic subtitle searches
  • Apple iOS compatibility
  • the ability to easily create clips and clip compilations, and share programmes and playlists via social media
  • the option to make YouTube-style comments on programmes
  • a one-click citation reference, allowing you to easily cite programmes within your work, based on the BUFVC AV Citation Guidelines
  • case studies showing how BoB and audio-visual archive material can be used in innovative and effective ways within education

4 December 2013

Google Scholar - now links into full-text held by the Library

If you're using Google Scholar, Google's search engine for scholarly material (more info), you will now see links into the full-text of your search results if they are subscribed to by the Library.

Once you have done a search, you will see a 'Find FullText @St Andrews' link displayed next to your search results if the Library has access to the item.   

Clicking on that link will route you through to the full-text.
You will need to set up your Google Scholar Preferences to include links to items available via this Library.  To do this:
  • go to http://scholar.google.com
  • Select Settings (top right of screen)
  • select Library Links (on left of next screen)
  • Search for 'University of St Andrews' in the 'Show Library access links ...' search box
  • Check the box next to 'University of St Andrews - Find FullText @St Andrews'
  • and Save to retain this setting
Once you have set this up, a 'Find FullText @St Andrews' link will appear next to items which are held by St Andrews, when you do a Google Scholar search. 

NB: Please remember that you have access to SEEKER which allows you to do a single search across most of the Library's resources - online databases and also SAULCAT, the Library catalogue