27 March 2014

New e-Resources - 2,612 Sage e-books

 2,612 new Sage e-books on the SAGE Knowledge platform have now been added to SAULCAT. 

We have trial access to all the Sage e-books mentioned below, until the end of 2016, due to the new SHEDL (Scottish Higher Education Digital Library) agreement.

You have unlimited access to all the Business, Education, Sociology, Psychology and Health titles.  This includes scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, etc.

As well as being listed in SAULCAT, you can find these e-books in SEEKER, too.

Features include:.
At the end of the trial, the Library will use the usage statistics to identify and purchase the most heavily-used titles for permanent access. 

St Andrews will also have permanent access to all the other Sage e-books bought by other SHEDL libraries, after the end of the trial

Please note:  off-campus access, using your University Username and Password, will be available soon

26 March 2014

Palgrave Connect e-books - downloadable to mobile reading devices

We now have 12 months trial access to nearly 4,500 new Palgrave Connect e-books published between 2011-2014, as reported in the previous blog post.

Innovative new features in Palgrave Connect include:
  • a Mobile Download button to save an EPUB file to your computer, for transfer to an e-book reader.  Selected e-books can be transferred in this way - all e-books from 2011 onward are included.
  • a Send to Kindle icon for sending a PDF of an e-book or chapter directly to your Kindle
Examples of EPUB-compatible devices include:

Android devices (using FBReader, Aldiko)
Barnes & Noble Nook
iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch (using Lexcycle Stanza, Glider or iBooks on iOS 3.2+)
Kobo eReader
Linux tablets and PDAs such as Sharp Zaurus and Nokia 770, n800, n810, and n900
Sony Reader, etc

Once you have downloaded a Palgrave Connect e-book to your computer or mobile reading device, it will be available to you indefinitely.

For copyright protection purposes, the P-C license agreement specifies that you can copy, paste and print up to one chapter at a time.  However, all Palgrave Connect titles can be freely sent to e-book readers etc. 

For pre-2012 titles, you can only download the whole book.  For 2013 and 2014 titles, you can save individual chapters.

These two download options allow you to personalise your use of these e-books on mobile reading devices - you can resize the pages, set text size, search within the book, highlight text, add bookmarks, etc.,

Please note:  there are known issues with using Adobe Reader 9.3 and Firefox 3.6 to browse Palgrave Connect e-books - Adobe Reader 8 is recommended, as is downloading e-book content in order to avoid these issues

25 March 2014

New e-Resources - 4,500 new Palgrave Connect e-books

We now have access to nearly 4,500 new Palgrave Connect e-books, bringing our total number of P-C e-books to over 6,900.  These are now all listed in SAULCAT and can be found in SEEKER, too.

The following subjects are covered:
This agreement has been brokered by the SHEDL (Scottish Higher Education Digital Library) collaborative purchasing consortium, of which the Library is a member.

As a SHEDL member institution, we have 12 months trial access to all the Palgrave Connect e-books published in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

At the end of the trial, usage statistics will be used to identify the most heavily-used titles for permanent-access purchase.  This Evidence Based Selection model is an economical way of acquiring titles in greatest demand for a low upfront cost.

St Andrews will have permanent access to all the other e-books bought by other SHEDL libraries, after the end of the 12 month trial.

Please note:  there are known issues with using Adobe Reader 9.3 and Firefox 3.6 to browse Palgrave Connect e-books - Adobe Reader 8 is recommended, as is downloading e-book content in order to avoid these issues

24 March 2014

New e-Resources - over 28,000 new e-books coming soon

SHEDL at  UKSGThe Library is a member of SHEDL (the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library) collaborative purchasing consortium.  SHEDL aims to achieve a better research infrastructure for Scotland’s universities, with a shared digital library providing easier access to online content.

Members are the 18 Scottish Higher Education Institutions, the National Library of Scotland, and National Museums Scotland 

Coming soon is access to over 28,000 e-books in 5 SHEDL-licensed e-book packages:

Elsevier (2,850 titles)       OUP (14,715 titles)       Palgrave (5,200 titles) 
Sage (2,440 titles)       Wiley (2,627 titles)

These e-books will be findable in  in SAULCAT and SEEKER, very soon - watch this space for more information!

Access has been licensed for a minimum of 2 years, and potentially for longer.

SHEDL has already had considerable success in licensing shared access to over 3,460 e-journals, from the following leading academic publishers:

American Chemical Society (ACS): 41 e-journals
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): 25 online and 50 conference titles
Bloomsbury: 18 e-journals
Brill: 197 e-journals, including 6 Open Access journals
Cambridge University Press (CUP): 264 e-journals
Edinburgh University Press (EUP): 32 e-journals
IEEE: access to e-journals and conferences
JoVE: general bundle of collections
Karger: 130 biomedical science e-journals
Oxford University Press (OUP): 222 e-journals
Project Muse
Sage: Premier Collections
Social Sciences Directory
Springer: all English language e-books and 1,933 e-journals
Web of Knowledge: all databases plus full archive

19 March 2014

New e-Resource - DSM-5 Digital Library

We now have access to the DSM-5 Digital Library which is composed of three important texts: 

DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders  
DSM-5 Clinical Cases 

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 
Clinical practice resource for mental health research, used by health professionals, etc., to diagnose and classify mental disorders. The criteria are intended to help produce an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings- inpatient, outpatient, clinical, private practice, etc. 
DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis 
Helps improve skills in formulating comprehensive differential psychiatric diagnoses. The solution recognizes the complexity of human personality and the structural utility of the DSM-5 classification.

DSM-5 Clinical Cases 
llustrate the mental disorders categorized in the DSM-5. Cases help with understanding diagnostic concepts, including symptoms, severity, age of onset and development, disorders, and gender and cultural implications.

18 March 2014

New e-Resource - Lebanonwire

A reminder that we have access to Lebanonwire, a live news portal which provides the latest, up-to-the-minute news about events in Lebanon, the Middle East and the World at large. 

Lebanonwire provides a wide range of news, commentaries and analysis.  News is drawn from over 3,600 sources and covers a wide range of topics - health, science, technology, business, medicine, nutrition, finance, etc.

Lebanonwire also provides the full texts of historic documents relating to the Arab Israeli conflict, and other significant documents. It also includes archived news articles, back to 1999, and much other useful data and links.

Lebanonwire's coverage is of: the Middle East, United States, United Kingdom,  Europe,  Asia Pacific, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Israel Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, UAE, Yemen, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Paris, Russia, Spain and the Vatican.

NB: we have 5 concurrent-user access to this database.

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

17 March 2014

Historical Abstracts - now with Full Text

We now have access to Historical Abstracts with Full Text, having recently upgraded from Historical Abstracts which supplied abstracts of articles only.

This authoritative database covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada), from 1450 to the present, and indexes historical articles from thousands of journals. It covers world history, military history, women’s history, history of education, etc., and includes:
  • an index of articles from over 2,600 history journals in over 40 languages 
  • coverage back to 1954, with some coverage of titles back to the early 20th century 
  • the full text of more than 400 journals and 140 books
The companion database is America: History and Life, which indexes over 1,700 journals covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. 

NB: links to the individual journals and e-books in Historical Abstracts with Full Text will appear in SAULCAT and the A-Z E-Journals page shortly.

11 March 2014

Manchester Medieval Sources Online - translations of key medieval texts

Medieval Sources Online provides translations of key first hand accounts central to medieval studies courses - many translated into English for the first time.   

They bring alive the reality of life in the medieval world and focus on the diverse cultural, social and political conditions that affected how all levels of medieval society worked.

This e-book series, which is published by Manchester University Press and co-edited by Professor Simon Maclean of the School of History, provides extensive introductory and explanatory material which assists the interpretation of these sources.

The 26 e-books in the new platform include:

The world of El Cid: chronicles of the Spanish reconquestOttonian Germany: The chronicon of Thietmar of MerseburgThe lives of Thomas Becket • The English manor c.1200-c.1500 • Popular protest in late-medieval Europe: Italy, France and Flanders • Joan of Arc: La pucelle • Saints and cities in medieval Italy • Eleventh-century Germany: The Swabian Chronicles • History and politics in late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe: The Chronicle of Regino of PrĂ¼m and Adalbert of Magdeburg • Crime, law and society in the later Middle Ages • Monasticism in late-medieval England, c.1300-1535 • Friars’ tales: Sermon Exempla from the British Isles • The Papal reform of the eleventh century: Lives of Pope Leo IX and Pope Gregory VII

NB: all titles are listed individually in SAULCAT

Access: login on- and off-campus using your University of St Andrews account

7 March 2014

12 Current Database Trials - feedback appreciated, please

We currently have 12 free trials of new e-resources to offer you the chance to assess their value to current teaching and research, and to provide us with feedback

Your opinions are greatly appreciated. Please use the Comments link under this blog post, to provide us with feedback. Thank you!

Anatomy TV - until mid-March 2014
interactive resource providing detailed 3D models of Human Anatomy

Anatomy and Physiology Online - until mid-March 2014
20 comprehensive modules on the human body, with award-winning 3D anatomy images and interactive models; narrated animations and illustrations; dissection slides you can label; clinical case studies, etc 

State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century; 1714-1782 - until 18 March 2014
State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, Part I: The Hanovers, 1714-1782: State Papers Domestic, Military and Naval and Registers of the Privy Council is vital to any understanding of the political, social and economic history of the period 

Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1,1718-1876 - until 24 March 2014
fully-searchable, primary source collection of over 140 newspapers from 22 Caribbean islands, which provides access to more than 150 years of Caribbean and Atlantic history, culture and daily life

Latin American Newspapers: Series 1 & 2, 1805-1922 - until 24 March 2014
access to more than 280 newspapers, published between 1805 and 1922, which cover the people, issues and events that shaped this region 

The Literary Encyclopedia - until 31 March 2014 
reference database of classical and modern literature, covering English, American, German and Russian literatures, as well as substantial coverage of other regions 

Gale Virtual Reference Library - until 31 March 2014
over 600 online reference titles across 18 subject areas, including Art, Biography, Business, Economics, Environment, History, Law, Medicine, Religion, Science, etc.

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online - until 10 April 2014
new database which presents a complete reappraisal of this major Renaissance writer, extending the 2012 print edition of Jonson’s complete works, with a large range of textual and contextual materials

Britannica Academic Edition - until 31 May 2014 
Encyclopaedia Britannica is a trusted research resource which provides an excellent foundation for undergraduate study, in particular, offering detailed and well-referenced research articles

Britannica ImageQuest - until 31 May 2014
image library containing over 3 million high quality, right cleared images from over 50 providers including National Geographic, Getty Images, Natural History Museum, National Portrait Gallery, etc

Environment Digimap - until 31 July 2014 
new mapping collection which offers Land Cover Maps and data, the crucial information to help people understand the distribution of plants, rocks, animals and other coverings, across a wide area

Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive - until 31 December 2014
over 100,000 images - photographs, moving images, graphics, digital magazines, etc - of Social History, Youth Tribes and Youth Culture, covering more than 150 years

6 March 2014

Trial e-Resource - The Works of Ben Jonson Online

Our trial of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online is now live, until 10 April 2014.

This new database presents a complete reappraisal of this major Renaissance writer - Shakespeare's greatest contemporary - extending the 2012 print edition of Jonson’s complete works, with a large range of textual and contextual materials, which includes:

Modern Spelling Editionover 158 modernised, searchable texts with introductions and extensive commentary, presented in a way that allows individual viewing and also on-screen comparison

Old Spelling Edition - around 90 searchable old-spelling texts transcribed from the major manuscripts and early printed books from which the modern spelling edition is derived 

Life Records - an archive of nearly 100 documents - including registers of births and deaths - relating to Jonson’s life
Masque Archive - a collection of records - financial accounts, eyewitness testimony, ambassadors’ letters - relating to Jonson’s masques

Music Edition - 100 song settings and dances associated with Jonson’s plays, poems and masques

Textual Essays - over 80 essays, written by the contributing editors, which document the technical work behind the texts
Bibliography - list of more than 7,000 books and essays relating to Jonson

Performance Archive - archive of over 1,300 stage productions of Jonson's plays and their adaptations, from the earliest performances to the present 

Chronology - an interactive timeline of Jonson’s life and time, and a Blog 

NB: Trial access is on-campus only

4 March 2014

Trial e-Resource - Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922

We also have free trial access to Latin American Newspapers: Series 1 & 2, 1805-1922, until 24 March 2014. 

Latin American Newspapers offers unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped this region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

It provides:
  • access to more than 280 newspapers, published between 1805 and 1922
  • newspapers from more than 20 countries in the region, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela
  • a wide range of viewpoints from diverse Latin American cultures
Together, both parts of this unique collection chronicle the evolution of Latin America culture and daily life over two centuries, through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries, etc.   

Latin American Newspapers Series 1, 1805-1922 (more information) 
Latin America Newspapers Series 2, 1822-1922 (more information) 

Access here (on-campus access only)

These publications are invaluable records of daily life in Latin America as well important documents tracing the nations’ struggle following independence from Spain along with their many debates and conflicts with the US and European powers throughout the nineteenth century and early twentieth.
David D. Oberhelman, Professor, Oklahoma State University

3 March 2014

New e-Resource - Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

Our permanent access to the Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics is now active, following a successful trial.

The Encyclopedia is a major new reference work from Brill which brings together the latest research from a range of disciplines which contribute to the 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. 

NB:  for the correct display of diacritics download the Brill Truetype font Brill 

NB:  view all our BrillOnline Reference Works subscriptions here (look for the green boxes)