12 December 2014

New e-Resource - English Historical Documents Online

Perhaps the most important historical undertaking of our age... one of the most valuable historical works ever produced.'
Times Literary Supplement 

We're pleased to announce that permanent access to English Historical Documents Online is now available, following a very successful trial.  
 
EHD Online is the result of a partnership between Routledge, the publisher, and the Institute of Historical Research, at the University of London. 

It offers the most comprehensive, annotated collection of primary source documents on British history ever compiled, covering the years 500 -1914, plus American history to 1776.

A wide variety of sources include  government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters and diaries, etc., accompanied by editorial commentary to provide context.

Topics range from political and constitutional issues to social, economic, religious and cultural history. 

Key features include:
  • access to over 5,500 full-text historical documents, selected by leading historians
  • the ability to search at the document level, by Subject, Date, People, Place, etc    
  • scrolling timelines to show events from a clear chronological perspective
  • personalised logins for bookmarking, annotating, saving and managing searches

11 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Pravda Digital Archive

Welcome to our trial of the Pravda Digital Archive (1912-2013), which runs until 31 January 2015.

Pravda ('Truth') was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1918-1991. It  began as an underground daily workers’ newspaper, and soon became the main newspaper of the revolutionary wing of the Russian socialist movement. 

It remains the official organ of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, an important political faction in contemporary Russian politics. 

The Archive offers over 220,000 searchable full-page images which use the original layout and design, including photographs and graphics.

The 2014 digital year will be added to the Archive in March 2015.

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10 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Cambridge Archive Editions Online

We have a trial of Cambridge Archive Editions Online, a valuable full-text e-book database, until 31 January 2015

Cambridge Archive Editions, an imprint of Cambridge University Press, publishes primary source research collections covering the history of the Near and Middle East, Russia and the Balkans, the Caucasus, Southeast Asia, and China and the Far East.

CAE Online provides a wealth of historical reference materials which otherwise would remain unknown, difficult to access, or fragmentary. This collection represents many thousands of facsimiles of original documents held in the UK National Archives. It also includes a large number of maps on the national heritage and political development of many countries. 

Topics covered include:

Arab Nationalism
Boundary Disputes and Border Mapping
Constitutional Affairs
Dissent, Ethnicity and Religion
Economic and Social Developments
Historical and Legal Issues
Maritime Issues
Military Intelligence Material
Minority Rights
Official State Reports
Oil Interests
Political and Administrative History
Tribal Information

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9 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Social Science Journals database

We have a trial of Proquest's Social Science Journals database until 8 January 2015.

Social Science Journals is a definitive resource for those with a need to access a wide variety of social science journals. 

The database covers core disciplines across the social sciences, and includes over 1,000 international academic journals, with the majority available in full text.  

A wide range of disciplines is covered, including anthropology, criminology, demography, economics, education, policy studies, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.

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8 December 2014

Bibliografía de la Literatura Española - cross-search with other databases

Bibliografía de la Literatura Española - the 'most complete and current index of scholarship in and related to Spanish Literature' - now has a new, improved search platform.

Improvements include the ability to cross-search Bibliografía with other databases such as the MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography and Proquest Dissertations and Theses.

BLE covers literature published in Spain from the Middle Ages to the present day, literary theory and criticism, linguistics and the history of the book 

It also documents critical writing related to Hispanic and Filipino authors writing prior to independence from Spain.

It includes bibliographic references to monographs, articles, critical editions, book reviews, bibliographies, proceedings, etc. and other miscellaneous material published in Spain or abroad

5 December 2014

Win an iPad4! - enter the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Competition

Just answer 10 questions on 10 people recently added to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to be in with a chance of winning: 
  • First prize - an iPad 4 with a subscription to the ODNB online
  • Two further prizes of £100 of Oxford University Press books

The competition ends on Friday 12 December 2014, and winners will be drawn on Monday 15 December.

With more than 59,200 life stories, 11,200 portraits, and 13,900 contributors, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography remains the world’s largest collaborative research project in the humanities.
  • it now offers a free, twice monthly biography podcast, with over 210 life stories now available
  • you can also sign up for a Life of the Day: a topical biography delivered to your inbox
  • or follow on Twitter @ODNB for people in the news

4 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Brill's Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World Online

Our trial of Brill's Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World Online has just begun, and will last until 2 January 2015.

Edited by Philip Ford, Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi, the Encyclopaedia traces the enduring history and wide-ranging cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. 

Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this comprehensive reference work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences. 

The Encyclopaedia is an invaluable resource for both researchers and students, and for all those interested in Neo-Latin studies, humanism, the Renaissance, the Classical Tradition, classical philology, intellectual history, and art history.

Feedback - your comments about this resource would be much appreciated - please leave feedback below

1 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Westlaw Academic (UK and International)

We have a short trial of Westlaw Academic (UK and International), until 19 Dec 2014. 

Westlaw UK  - provides access to large, searchable databases of case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal materials.

Search or browse for a topic to get an overview with expert analysis and links to the key related content.

It includes over 400,000 UK case reports and transcripts dating back to 1220, and indexes over 110 English-language legal journals.            

Westlaw International - provides trusted legal, news and business information from around the world.

It combines material from renowned content providers such as Sweet and Maxwell, Thomson West, ELLIS Publications, Lawbook Co and Carswell, to offer a unique collection of authoritative legal and regulatory information resources - case law, legislation, law reviews, treatises, and directories, etc

17 November 2014

Trial e-Resource - RefWorks Flow

Our RefWorks Flow trial is now active, until 5 December.  Just sign in with your e-mail and follow the steps.

RefWorks Flow is an exciting new way to collect and manage research papers, search materials and references - read, annotate, organise, and cite your research,  RefWorks Flow will run side-by-side with RefWorks. Check out the RefWorks Flow Lib Guide.

Using Flow, you can:
  • save full-text documents or citations to Flow with a single click!

    One click imports all your existing references (and annotations)
    One click drags full-text articles into Flow - and enters the reference metadata for you
  • manage research documents and related metadata in a centrally managed cloud - no need to install or update software
  • collaborate and share references and documents, and jointly annotate shared full-text 
  • store and organize full-text PDFs and other file formats, complete with document recognition of citation metadata
  • upload bulk reference collections from other programs such as Mendeley, EndNote, RefWorks, etc
  • use 'RefWorks Direct Export' from our partnered search platforms
Follow all the latest in Flow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or Tumblr

 From simple bibliographies to papers formatted with in-text citations or footnotes, Flow handles it all

13 November 2014

Trial e-Resource - Anthropological Index Online

We have trial access to the Anthropological Index Online database, through a new interface, until 10 December. 

Anthropological Index Online is published by the Royal Anthropological Institute, and is an index of more than 1,500 publications in the fields of physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural ethnology and linguistics.  It indexes more than 900 journals from the British Museum’s Anthropology Library, alone.  It contains hundreds of thousands of records of published material, dating from 1957 to the present.

It covers a wide geographical range, including the Commonwealth and Africa, and extending to Eastern Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and the Pacific. 

Subject coverage includes:
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Ethnology
  • Folklore
  • Human Evolution
  • Linguistics
  • Material Culture
  • Medicine
  • Museum Studies
  • Primatology
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociological Anthropology
  • Visual Studies
  • Zooarchaeology, etc

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12 November 2014

Trial e-Resource - Geofacets (over 375,000 maps)

We are very pleased to offer a trial of Geofacets, an innovative map-based research tool, until 3 December 2014. 

Geofacets is a geological mapping and research tool which provides instant access to maps and research journals from Elsevier, the Geological Society of London, the Society of Economic Geologists, the Society for Sedimentary Geology and the Geological Society of America

Over 375,000 peer-reviewed maps are included, the majority of which are georeferenced and can be integrated with other applications such as GIS software (including ArcGIS), Google Earth and Petrel. 

Maps cover Paleogeography, Oceanography, Geophysics, Hydrology and Hydrogeology, Meteorology/Climatology and Geography. 

They are easily discoverable via geographic or keyword searches.  Information about each map's original context from the source publication is included, and can be integrated into GIS and presentation programs, along with the maps.

Geofacets benefits researchers by freeing up time to spend on building stronger analyses and interpretation, and less time on searching.
NB: take a look at the Geofacets's detailed how-to videos, user guides and FAQs

29 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - SciVal (research networking and profiling)

We currently have a trial of SciVal, which runs until 30 November 2014.

SciVal, from Elsevier, offers quick and easy access to the research performance of approximately 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. It holds over 30 million publication records from 21,000 international journals, and can generate powerful data visualisations, in seconds.

It enables you to view, analyse and compare the performance and quality of a range of research entities - research areas and groups, collaboration networks, self-defined research topics, institutions and countries, etc., - and provides the evidence-based information required to establish, execute and evaluate long-term planning.  

Using SciVal, you can:
  • get a high-level overview of the research performance of your Institution, other Institutions, Countries and Groups of Researchers
  • compare and benchmark your Institution to other institutions, Researchers and Groups of Researchers using a variety of metrics
  • explore the collaboration network of both your Institution and other Institutions
To access the trial:
  • access SciVal on-campus  
  • then use the Register Now link to register with your e-mail address and chosen Password (University of St Andrews staff and students only)
Please note: if you have an existing Scopus or ScienceDirect Username and Password, you can login with those details as an existing user

The Help menu in SciVal includes links to: the online manual; a Quick User Guide, and the SciVal Metrics Guidebook
Elsevier’s new generation of SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide.

Constantly evolving and ever more challenging, today's R&D landscape requires research managers to ensure satisfying outcomes, and devise better ways to measure the quality and impact of research projects.

To meet these challenges, the new generation of SciVal offers an integrated modular platform that allows you to view and compare any desired research entities such as institutions, countries, self-defined research topics and researcher groups - See more at: http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence/resource-library/resources/scival-new-generation-factsheet#sthash.8vwsLhFy.dpuf

See what the new generation of SciVal can do for you

Constantly evolving and ever more challenging, today's R&D landscape requires research managers to ensure satisfying outcomes, and devise better ways to measure the quality and impact of research projects. Elsevier's new generation of SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. A ready-to-use solution with unparalleled power and flexibility, SciVal enables you to navigate the world of research and devise an optimal plan to drive and analyze your performance.
SciVal builds on Elsevier's extensive experience over several years working with many leading institutions worldwide via SciVal Spotlight and SciVal Strata.
Learn more by watching:
  • The quick-start demo video to see how easily you can navigate the world of research and benchmark your performance accurately and meaningfully against other institution or group of researchers in the world.
  • The recordings from the launch webinars to learn from your peer institutions about their challenges and how SciVal informs intelligent decisions.
- See more at: http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence/products-and-services/scival#sthash.rKQo5BOE.dpuf

28 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - Abbreviationes Online (Medieval Abbreviations Made Easy)

“Take a foreign language, write it in an unfamiliar script, abbreviating every third word, and you have the compound puzzle that is the medieval Latin manuscript.”¹

We are very pleased to offer trial access to Abbreviationes Online, until 21 November 2014. 

Abbreviationes is an invaluable tool for deciphering and transcribing medieval Latin manuscripts.  It is a database of medieval Latin abbreviations designed for use in both learning and teaching of medieval Latin paleography.  It is also a very useful reference and research tool. 

It currently consists of over 70,000 entries containing 80,098 references to manuscripts, covering the period between the 8th-15th Centuries.

It is based on a large number of manuscripts held at many European libraries - Catania, Uppsala, Coimbra, St. Petersburg, the Vatican, Oxford, Paris, etc., as well as by smaller libraries such as the Morgan Library, New York, and the Huntington Library, California. 

Abbreviationes allows you to:
  • corroborate your reading while quickly checking for possible alternatives
  • look up all the different abbreviations for a given word 
  • search to see how a specific abbreviation was used during a given period, or by an individual writer, etc.
Abbreviationes also contains entries where the word is shortened by using superscript letters, but no letter of the word has been left out; entries where the medieval spelling makes it difficult to determine the right word, and entries where Greek names and terms are transliterated in an unusual way.

¹ The elements of abbreviation in medieval Latin paleography by Adriano Cappelli. Translated by David Heimann and Richard Kay, Univ of Kansas Libraries, 1982

27 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - Archaeopress (300+ full-text titles)

We are delighted to have a trial of the Archaeopress subscription service, until Friday 21 Nov 2014. Archaeopress are publishers of scholarly archaeology titles. 

Archaeopress provides access to all new Archaeopress Archaeology (AA) publications, the existing backlist and a wide range of selected digital-only British Archaeological Reports (BAR) titles.

There are currently over 300 full-text e-titles in the archive, and 10-15 new titles are added every month. At least 450 e-titles will be available by the end of 2014.  New Open Access content will also be included.

Titles include:
  • Early Burial Customs in Northern Egypt Evidence from the Pre-, Proto-, and Early Dynastic Periods
  • Embodying Value? The Transformation of Objects in and from the Ancient World
  • The Prehistoric Burial Sites of Northern Ireland
  • Ships, Saints and Sealore: Cultural Heritage and Ethnography of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea
  • Social Dimensions of Medieval Disease and Disability
 On- and off-campus access:
  • contact us for a Trial Username and Password (University of St Andrews staff and students only)
Feedback - your comments about this resource would be much appreciated - please leave feedback below

26 October 2014

Oxford Reference Online - Training Session on 31 October

Why not join an online demonstration/training session on Friday 31 October at 10.00, to get the most out of Oxford Reference Online, one of the many databases subscribed to by the Library.

Oxford Reference Online offers access to over 200 specialised reference works from Oxford University Press's range of award-winning Encyclopedias, Companions and Dictionaries. 

The 40-45 minute training session will be held by Jonathan Wakeford, an OUP trainer.   It will look at different search options, features and practical uses of the database, and there will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.  It is is open to anyone and is free of charge.
 

You can access the session from anywhere - all you need is a computer with an Internet connection,  WebEx conferencing software 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

24 October 2014

Oxford Scholarship Online - Training Session on 29 October

Why not join an online demonstration/training session on Wednesday 29 October at 11.30, to get the most out of Oxford Scholarship Online, one of the many databases subscribed to by the Library.

Oxford Scholarship Online offers access to thousands of academic e-books, in many subject areas covering the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law.
 
The 40-45 minute training session will be held by Jonathan Wakeford, an OUP trainer.  It is is open to anyone and is free of charge.
 
You can access the session from anywhere - all you need is a computer with an Internet connection,  WebEx conferencing software 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.

23 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - English Historical Documents Online

'Perhaps the most important historical undertaking of our age... one of the most valuable historical works ever produced.'
Times Literary Supplement
 
Welcome to a trial of English Historical Documents Online, which runs until 21 November 2014. 

EHD Online is the result of a partnership between Routledge, the publisher, and the Institute of Historical Research, at the University of London.   
 
It offers the most comprehensive, annotated collection of primary source documents on British history ever compiled, covering the years 500 -1914, plus American history to 1776. 

A wide variety of sources include  government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters and diaries, etc., accompanied by editorial commentary to provide context.

Topics range from political and constitutional issues to social, economic, religious and cultural history. 

Key features include:
  • access to over 5,500 full-text historical documents, selected by leading historians.
  • the ability to search at the document level, by Subject, Date, People, Place, etc    
  • scrolling timelines to show events from a clear chronological perspective
  • personalised logins for bookmarking, annotating, saving and managing searches
Feedback - your comments about this resource would be much appreciated - please leave feedback below