31 July 2014

Free Classical and World Music downloads

A reminder that Alexander Street Press, one of our e-resource providers, offers free music downloads, every two weeks.  

World Music Downloads 

All tracks are owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and are available free, for a limited time only

Sign up, on the page above, to receive email alerts when new music is available.

Classical Music Downloads 

All tracks are owned by Alexander Street Press and are free to download 

Sign up here for e-mail alerts for new classical music downloads
  • The latest one is Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Sergey Prokofiev
NB: For more free music from Alexander Street Press, follow them on Twitter and  the Music Online blog

30 July 2014

Journal Citation Reports (Science and Social Science) - 2013 data now available

The 2013 Journal Citation Reports (Science and Social Sciences) which provides data for 2012, is now available. This information is valuable for assessing the quality of research in UK H.E. institutions.
Register for a detailed JCR webinar on: Thursday 31 July at 2.00pm

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a unique research tool which provides a systematic, objective means of evaluating and comparing the world's leading journals. The results are published every year, and cover back to 2005. 

By compiling cited references from articles, JCR helps to: 
  • measure research influence and impact at journal and category levels
  • identify the most appropriate, influential journals in which to publish
  • better understand a journal's impact over time 
JCR includes over 12,000 scholarly and technical journals from over 3,300 international publishers, in science, technology, and social sciences.
Other metrics are provided, too, such as:

28 July 2014

New e-Resource - North China Herald 1842-1943

The North China Herald Online (1842-1943) is the Library's latest news archive subscription to become active.

This fully text-searchable English-language newspaper is the major source for the history of the foreign presence in China, from around 1850 to 1940s.  It was published weekly in Shanghai, a city at the forefront of developments in Chinese politics, culture, education and the economy, and at the heart of China’s encounter with the Euro-American world. 

During this so-called ‘treaty century’ (1842-1943) the Western Powers established a strong presence in China through their protected enclaves in major cities. As the official journal for British consular notifications, and announcements of the Shanghai Municipal Council, the North China Herald is a major primary resource for a period which continues to shape much of China’s world and world view.

Correspondents across China supplied constant news on a wide range of topics - news and gossip reflecting the social, cultural and political life of China and the foreign settlements; trade statistics; stock prices; company reports; maps; photographs; advertisements; export tables; birth, marriage, and death announcements, etc. 

*For information – this is a companion product to the Japan Chronicle Online which has just been launched - more information coming soon!*

21 July 2014

New e-Resource - Keesings World News Archive

A subscription to Keesing's World News Archive (formerly Keesing's Contemporary Archives) has just begun.

It contains over 100,000 objective, full-text reports on the world's most historically significant political, social, and economic events, since 1931. Over 1,000 worldwide news reports are collected daily and summaries published every month. 

Keesing's includes coverage of:

  • elections and changes of government
  • wars, treatises, and diplomacy 
  • terrorism and issues of internal security 
  • legislation, budgets, economic developments, and international agreements 
  • primary source material eg. speeches and resolutions of international organizations  
  • natural disasters, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries
  •  social issues such as immigration and asylum

  • Breaking History’ articles highlight major stories worldwide. Coupled with corresponding timelines, these articles highlight connections between current events and modern history.

    Keesing's detailed Guide to conducting searches

    11 July 2014

    New e-Resource - Oxford History of Western Music

     Erudite, engaging, and suffused throughout with a mixture of brilliance and delirium...staggering, brilliant, opinionated... Washington Post 

    “Taruskin has written a critical, subjective history in which he examines the influence of key figures, works, and musical ideas against the backdrop of world affairs and cultural history. Berkeleyan 

    ... just two of the many excellent reviews of the Oxford History of Western Music, the Library's most recent permanent-access e-resource purchase.

    The Oxford History of Western Music offers an unmatched narrative account of the evolution of Western classical music by Richard Taruskin, one of the most prominent contemporary musicologists.  It is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the rich and diverse tradition of Western music. 
    • read and search the full text with notes, bibliographies and further readings for all 69 chapters
    • browse across centuries of musical invention and European intellectual history, from the invention of musical notation to the late 20th Century
    • access over 500 illustrations and 1,800 musical examples
    • connect to relevant entries in Grove Music Online 
    • link to further reading lists with which link to more information
    • personalise by saving searches and sharing the results via social networking sites
    • export to ProCite, Endnote, Reference Manage, RefWorks and Zotero
    "... Laced with brilliant observations, memorable musical analyses, and a panoramic sense of the interaction between history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music"

    10 July 2014

    New e-Resource - World News Connection Archive (1995-2013)

    We now have permanent access to the World News Connection Archive (1995-2013), through East View. WCN is no longer available as an ongoing database, as it was discontinued by the provider. 

    WNC is a valuable research database for monitoring and searching global current events and issues. It includes unique editorial content from countries that have restricted information sharing with the rest of the world, and offers data back to 1995.

    Content was compiled from thousands of translated non-U.S. media sources - newspaper articles, conference proceedings, TV and radio broadcasts, periodicals, reports, etc. - by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), a U.S. Government agency.

    Coverage includes business and economics, crime, health and medicine, humanitarian aid, military affairs, politics, science and technology, socioeconomic and environmental issues. 

    Links to the individual news sources in WCN will be added to SAULCAT. Off-campus access details will be publicised later. 

    NB: the WCN Archive complements our other existing news media subscriptions - CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online), Factiva, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, Nexis (News and Business), and MideastWire.com

    9 July 2014

    New e-Resources - The Irish Times (1859-2012) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958)‎

    Welcome new additions to the Library's growing collection of full-text digital newspaper archives are The Irish Times (1859-2012) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958)‎.

    These permanent-access archives present the history of Ireland and the world, through a unique perspective and historical context.

    Both newpapers are cross-searchable with the Library's other ProQuest Historical Newspapers archives - The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)‎; The Scotsman (1817-1950)‎; the Los Angeles Times and The Times of India (1838-2004).

    This helps to providing distinct additional perspectives on key international events, such as the 1916 Easter Uprising and formation of the Republic of Ireland, the repercussions of the Irish Potato Famine, World Wars I and II, etc.  It is easy to compare news, political cartoons, and editorials about the same events in these different newspapers.
    The Irish Times is internationally known as Ireland's quality daily newspaper and Irish news reports are combined with reports from foreign correspondents, business coverage, features, arts, sports, etc. Each issue contains well-informed background analysis and assessment of daily events, and diversity of debate in the daily opinion columns.  

    The Weekly Irish Times is available digitally for the first time.

    8 July 2014

    New e-Resource - Los Angeles Times (1881-1990)

    Newly available - permanent access to the Los Angeles Times (1881-1990).

    This historical newspaper provides the full text of every page, article and issue published since the first issue in 1881.  It provides not only news articles, but also photos, advertisements, marriage announcements, obituaries, and more.

    The Los Angeles Times provides a unique perspective of the development of Southern California and the American West, with excellent coverage of immigration, entertainment, and environmental issues.

    It covers politics, society and events of the time, such as:
    • railways connect East and West for the first time
    • oil is discovered in Los Angeles
    • immigrants come ashore from Japan and China
    • aviation and movie-making take flight
    • Los Angeles hosts the Olympic Games
    • shipbuilding and citrus growing become major industries
    • local companies give birth to the Hula Hoop and Barbie
    - the Los Angeles Times records it all.

    7 July 2014

    New e-Resource - Oxford Handbooks Online: Literature

    We're delighted to announce that we now have perpetual access to the Oxford Handbooks Online: Literature reference series, which is regarded as 'the world's most trusted source for scholarly research reviews'. 

    Oxford Handbooks Online: Literature contains 38 volumes and over 1,400 detailed, authoritative review essays by leading scholars that survey the current state of scholarship in their field, reveal original arguments and concepts, and set the agenda for new research.

    Essays represent a variety of critical approaches and seek to combine original scholarship with authoritative introductions to their topic.

    The present scope of these Literature collections (Foundation; 2012-2014 collections) covers from c 1300 to the present day, and offers strong coverage of Shakespeare, early modern (1500-1700), modern, and American literature.

    The main focus is on writing produced in the British Isles and North America, on poetry, prose, verse, and drama in English, and also includes work on Film Studies.

    4 July 2014

    New e-Resource - Britannica Academic Edition

    Following a successful trial, a subscription to Britannica Academic Edition has been taken out by the Library. 

    Encyclopaedia Britannica is a trusted research resource which provides an excellent foundation for undergraduate study, in particular.  Britannica articles are detailed and use thorough and well-referenced research. They encourage best practice in researching skills, while encouraging wider reading around a subject.

    Britannica Academic Edition provides clear and current articles, biographies, country comparisons, e-books, images, news, 'On This Day', timelines, quotations, videos, world data analysis, etc - all clearly cited and referenced, providing research material for students and staff.  

    Click here for a range of useful videos describing various aspects of Britannica - Homepage features, Research Tools, Workspace, etc, 

    NB: login - on- and off-campus - with your University account details

    3 July 2014

    New e-Resource - British History Online - Premium Content

    British History Online (BHO) is another important, recent addition to the Library's extensive collection of databases.   

    Run by the Institute of Historical Research, it supports historical research at many levels by providing access to many core primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain, from the Middle Ages to c1900.  

    The Library has subscribed to the Premium Content which also gives access to 180 volumes of:
    Freely available content includes:
    Particular areas of strength are in local history, ecclesiastical and religious history, administrative and parliamentary history, economic and taxation history, and urban and metropolitan history.

    Off-campus access: login off-campus using your University of St Andrews account