31 May 2014

Alexander Street Press video databases - new enhancements

Our video databases from Alexander Street Press are being upgraded and enhanced, for an improved search experience.

Asian Film Online and Opera in Video have been upgraded, and Ethnographic Video Online will be, very soon.

The following enhancements are now in place:
  • powerful browsing capabilities - browse content with “smart facets” that change as you search, allowing you quickly to find exactly what you’re looking for 
  • a new video player and toolbar that lets you bookmark your place in a video, and choose between multiple layouts
  • bit-rate streaming that automatically adjusts to the highest quality file your bandwidth can support
  • a waveform view on the audio player pages that lets you view the music being played and create, annotate, and share audio clips
  • subject- and genre-based pages with editorially-curated playlists
  • the ability to translate every page, transcript, etc  into many languages using Google Translate
  • tools for exporting citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats
Future enhancements include:
  • a dedicated smartphone app, in addition to the 'send to mobile' tool, already available
  • searchable, scrolling transcripts alongside most music video content

30 May 2014

SciELO Citation Index - now enabled in Web of Science

The SciELO Citation Index has now been enabled in the Web of Science database.

SciELO is  a searchable repository of literature from emerging economies, particularly Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Africa, as well as developed Latin-language areas including Spain and Portugal. It enables you to discover new insights from research in these countries and offers:
  • approximately 650 titles
  • over 4 million cited references
  • open access with links to full text
  • weekly updates
  • easy searching in English or the local language
*SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is a program of the Sao Paulo Research Foundation for the cooperative publishing of open access journals on the internet.

29 May 2014

Artstor - 21,000 images added from Berlin State Museums

Top Right: Caspar David Friedrich | Lone Tree (Solitary Tree; Village Landscape with Morning Lighting) | 1822 | Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.  Left: Albrecht Dürer | 1526 | Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Bottom Right: Unbekannter Künstler, Maler | Abendmahl Christi, darunter die Gefangennahme | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Images and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz; bpkgate.picturemaxx.com

Top Right: Caspar David Friedrich | Lone Tree (Solitary Tree; Village Landscape with Morning Lighting) | 1822 | Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Left: Albrecht Dürer | 1526 | Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Bottom Right: Unbekannter Künstler, Maler | Abendmahl Christi, darunter die Gefangennahme | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Images and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Artstor has added more than 21,000 images of key works from the Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) to the Digital Library. These includes vases and sculptures from the 6th-4th century BC, Etruscan art, Byzantine art, the friezes and reconstruction of the west front of the Pergamon Altar, as well as masterpieces from such artists as Albrecht Dürer, Caspar David Friedrich, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hieronymus Bosch, Lovis Corinth, Cranach the Elder, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Peter Paul Rubens, and Rembrandt, and many others.

The Berlin State Museums consist of sixteen museums, each with its own special area of competence, representing the result of centuries of collecting.

View the collection in the Digital Library

The Artstor Digital Library provides more than 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a suite of software tools for teaching and research. The collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates.

28 May 2014

Oxford University Press - Philosophy e-Resources training session

Why not join an online demonstration/training session on Wednesday 4 June at 14.00, to get the most out of some of the Library's Oxford University Press online databases.

The session will deal with Philosophy-related content available in the following e-resources: 

     - Oxford Reference
     - Oxford Handbooks
     - Oxford Journals
     - University Press Scholarship Online
     - Oxford Bibliographies  

The 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 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.

27 May 2014

Project Enriched Playlists survey - enter a draw for an iPad mini

Please take the survey by Friday 13 June 2014
Everyone who submits a completed survey will be entered into a draw for an iPad mini 16GB (Wi-Fi) 

Please help the BUFVC (British Universities Film and Video Council) with its short survey to find out how the audio-visual collections in Jisc MediaHub might be developed for Higher Education.

The Project Enriched Playlists project is funded by Jisc to discover ways in which the moving image, audio and stills collections within Jisc MediaHub might be developed into ‘enriched playlists’ (supported by contextual documentation), to aid research and teaching.

For example, a War Reportage enriched playlist might include relevant clips and stills from news broadcasts and agencies showing how the Iraq War was reported, which could be used in history and war studies courses. 

This project will help the Jisc to understand and document how MediaHub users want to use the academic video, image and audio collections it contains. 

The BUFVC is very interested to hear the views of students, researchers, lecturers, librarians and support staff - from all subject areas 

The outcome might be that a range of enriched playlists will be created ready-made for use across the education sector, and that tools will be created for MediaHub users to build their own playlists.

26 May 2014

Jisc Historic Books becomes Historical Texts - beta version now available


One platform - over 350,000 late 15th-19th century texts from Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection

Jisc Historic Books is being renamed Historical Texts and the beta version of the new, upgraded platform is now available. The name change represents the future plan to add new non-book content to this service.

Historical Texts provides a range of exciting new features and there will be more to come over the summer.

Not all of the data and features are available yet, as it is still in development, but please do try the new platform - comments would be much appreciated. The Historical Texts team looks forward to hearing your views on it. 

At present, the beta version contains most of EEBO, most of ECCOII and around half of ECCO.

New functions include: 

instant pdf downloads; full-screen displays; images and full text side by side; smooth zooming; browse feature; illustration search; image rotation, etc.

Phase 2 enhancements will include functions such as note-sharing; graphical time-lines e.g. showing all books by Shakespeare; more display options e.g. a book image side-by-side with the OCR version, etc.  A tablet version will also be available.

You can login directly from the new permanent Historical Texts address, or via a link on the Jisc Historic Books website.
Key dates:
May 2014: Historical Texts BETA release for community testing/feedback
1 June 2014:   Historical Texts will replace Jisc Historic Books
23 June 2014:   Access to Jisc Historic Books will be switched off

16 May 2014

New Literature Online (LION) is now live!

The brand new, improved interface for Literature Online (LION) is now live - do take a look. It has a fresh new look, and a more powerful search engine, which provides a faster, more efficient search experience.

It is also now fully mobile-compatible, meaning you can use it on tablets or smartphones, wherever and whenever you need it. 

LION is an indispensible resource for literary studies - it integrates over 350,000 works of poetry, prose and drama from the 8th to the 21st Century with a huge library of critical and reference material, including thousands of literary articles, essays, biographies and encyclopedia entries, 

A new Literature Online LibGuide gives details of what it contains, how to search it, and how to view the results.

The 'old' version of Literature Online will be available until the end of June 2014, to give you time to start using the new version.

NB: If you use the My Archive feature in Literature Online, which allows you to create a personal repository for saved items and searches, you will need to save your data and create a new My Archive account in the new Literature Online.  Your data will not be migrated across.

8 May 2014

Oxford University Press - Economics e-Resources training session

Get the most out of some of the Library's Oxford University Press database subscriptions by joining an online demonstration/training session on Wednesday 21 May at 14.30.

The session will deal with Economics related content available in the following resources:
 
·         Very Short Introductions
·         Oxford Reference
·         Oxford Journals
·         University Press Scholarship Online
·         Oxford Handbooks
·         Oxford Bibliographies
The training session will be held by Jonathan Wakeford, an OUP trainer.  It is is open to anyone and is free of charge.

It will last about 40 minutes and will look at different search options, features and practical uses of each database. There will also be time for questions. 
You can access the session from anywhere - all you need is a computer with an Internet connection 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.

1 May 2014

Trial e-Resource - BrowZine app - create your personal library of scholarly journals


Download the app at:  thirdiron.com/download
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Meet BrowZine - a revolutionary new app that allows you to keep up to date with current research output.  We have a 30-day trial.

BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet.  It arranges complete journals by subject on 'shelves', and enables you to:
  • easily browse and read scholarly journals
  • create a personal bookshelf of favourite journals
  • be alerted when new editions of journals are published
  • save and export articles to RefWorks,  Zotero, MendeleyDropbox, etc.
Browzine includes access to thousands of the Library's subscribed e-journals from important scholarly publishers, as well as to hundreds of Open Access journals.

Once you've downloaded the app, login to Browzine with your University Username and Password.

Watch the two-minute video, 'BrowZine on Campus'

 
What do you think of Browzine? - we'd love to know.  Please leave comments below this blog post