31 January 2014

Jisc MediaHub - 1,519,500+ multimedia items and new features

Search across 1,519,500 digital image, video and audio items through Jisc MediaHub, the definitive academic video, image and audio resource.

Content from ITN, Getty, Imperial War Museum, Gaumont cinema newsreels and many other significant collections can be downloaded and used freely for teaching and learning. Material includes news and documentary films, music archives and still images.

A new release of Jisc MediaHub is now available.  It includes: 
  • the facility to upload images to the service, either via Flickr or from your computer
  • a pan/zoom functionality for viewing large images
  • a new feature that allows you to sort your search results by your proximity to given locations 
  • the ability to leave comments in the Location field of records
  • more films from the Wellcome Moving Image & Sound Collection
  • an open search of the Fitzwilliam Museum Open Data Services collection of over 80,000 images

Teaching staff and postgraduates - a short webinar will demonstrate these new features:

Date: Wed 12 February 2014
Time: 4.00-4.30 pm
Make a booking

30 January 2014

Trial e-Resource - Environment Digimap

Environment Digimap is a new mapping collection which we have trial access to, until 31 July 2014.

It offers Land Cover Maps and data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; the crucial information to help people understand the distribution of plants, rocks, animals and other coverings across a wide area.

You can either use Environment Roam to produce maps on screen and in various print formats, or you can download the data through Environment Download, for use in a Geographical Information System (GIS).

The data available provide a snapshot of land cover for each of the years 1990, 2000 and 2007. There are raster datasets available at 25m and 1km resolutions for each year and a vector version of the 2000 dataset. The data are in a range of formats depending on the year. More details are available in the Environment Digimap Help Pages.

To access Environment Digimap, please:
  • login at - http://digimap.edina.ac.uk 
  • then select the Register/Activate button
  • if you are already registered, you will gain access to the service; if not, you will be taken to the registration form
  • registration can take up to 2 working days
  • once your access is confirmed, you will then login using your University account details
NB:  the Library already subscribes to the Digimap Ordnance Survey Collection and Marine Digimap mapping databases

27 January 2014

New e-Resource - RSC eBooks 2011, 2012 and 2013

The Royal Society of Chemistry eBook Collections for 2011, 2012 and 2013 - a total of 188 titles - were recently acquired on an unlimited, perpetual access basis.

These supplement our existing RSC eBook Collection of books published between 1968-2010, giving access - in total - to more than 1,200 complete textbooks, monographs, conference proceedings and reference works.

The RSC eBook Collection is a definitive point of reference for chemical science, providing a comprehensive overview of research and opinion in many areas - from food and medical science, to energy and environmental issues.  Content is continually updated, with new titles added as they are published during each year.

All e-book titles are listed in SAULCAT.

NB: all e-book chapters have individual DOI's making it easy to create stable direct links to them, for use in teaching, reading lists, etc

25 January 2014

Web of Science - new release

We now have access to the new release of Web of Science, which has a re-designed and improved search interface - see the short video below:

We have access to all the Web of Science databases, plus the full archive:

Web of Science Core Collection (1900- present), which includes:
  • Science Citation Index (1900-present)  
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1900-present) 
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975-present)  
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science edition (1990-present)  
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (1990-present) 
  • BIOSIS Citation Index (1926-present)
  • BIOSIS Previews (1969-present)
  • Book Citation Index (2005-present)
  • Current Chemical Reactions (1986-present)
  • Current Contents Connect (1998-present)
  • Data Citation Index (1900-present) Discover and track data citation.
  • Derwent Innovations Index (1963-present). Patent information
  • Index Chemicus (1993-present)
  • Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 2013 - journal evaluation resource, which shows the relationship between citing and cited journals
  •       Science Edition - contains data for over 8,400 journals
  •       Social Sciences Edition - contains data for over 3,000 journals
  • MEDLINE (1950-present)
  • Zoological Record (1864-present)
We also have access to:

ResearcherID - an index which assigns a unique ID to each participating author, and helps increase recognition of work and collaboration

EndNote Basic - allows you to search databases, import and organise references and create bibliographies, etc

    24 January 2014

    Trial e-Resource - the Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive (PYMCA)

    Portrait of a girl in Manba
     / Decora style, Tokyo 2010 
    Photo by Carlos Santos
    Why not use our one year free trial of the unique Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive (PYMCA for Education), to visually browse through individual decades and genres of prolific youth culture history - from the Teddy Boys of the 1950s to the Gonguro Girls of the 2000s.

    PYMCA contains over 100,000 images - photographs, moving images, texts, graphics, digital magazines, etc - of Social History, Youth Tribes and Youth Culture, covering more than 150 years. It is relevant to many subjects such as history, music, social sciences, media, fashion, etc.

    Content includes fashion, music, art, design, travel, genres, social issues, lifestyles, sports, nightlife, environments, etc., and it features an interactive Youth Culture timeline, video material, and music playlists.

    To access:
    • click on the Education image on the PYMCA homepage
    • on the next page, click on the Login via Home Institution button
    • and login with your University account details

    9 January 2014

    BoB (Box of Broadcasts) is back - Bigger and Better!

    The most substantial upgrade to BoB (Box of Broadcasts) since it began in 2009, is now complete!

    The new features and content include:
    • a new website look, including colour, theme, functionality and improved navigation
    • over 1 million TV and radio programmes, including all BBC TV and radio content, dating from 2007
    • an additional 13 foreign language channels
    • record from an extended 30 day buffer – giving you more channels, available for longer
    • search across future and recorded programmes simultaneously
    • display and search interactive transcripts, dynamic subtitle searches and thumbnails
    • watch BOB on handheld devices 
    • create clips and clip compilations easily, and share programmes and playlists via Twitter, etc
    • make YouTube-style comments on programmes and clips
    • use the one-click citation reference, to easily cite programmes within your work, based on the BUFVC AV Citation Guidelines

      case studies showing how BoB and audio-visual material can be used in innovative and effective ways within education
    Watch - short video tutorials about the new features.

    Webinars - will be held soon, to introduce the new content and features.  Details will be available shortly.

    What do you think about the new BoB? - please let us know via the Comments box below

    Trial e-Resource - The Literary Encyclopedia

    Our first free trial database of 2014 is The Literary Encyclopedia, which we have access to until 31 March 2014. 

    The Literary Encyclopedia is an internationally edited reference database of classical and modern literature, written by specialists worldwide.  It offers very good coverage of English, American, German and Russian literatures as well as substantial and increasing coverage of other regions.  

    It includes the following:.
    • People - data on over 7,004 people (2,939 with full profiles), mainly writers, but also philosophers, scientists, artists, historical figures, etc (list of completed profiles)
    • Works - over 31,274 works (3,369 completed), mainly literary, but also philosophical and scientific, indexed by date, genre and country ( list of completed works)
    • lists of Secondary reading, Internet links to thousands of quality resources; Reference and thematic groups which provide wiki-style clusters useful for specific courses (Related articles and reference groups)