30 September 2014

Trial e-Resource - RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - from hip-hop to Handel

We have trial access to the RILM Abstracts of Music Literature database, until 30 October 2014

RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) is an index of publications in music from all over the world.  

All types of publications are indexed, back to 1967: 10,000+ journals, books, catalogues, sound recordings, films, dissertations, etc. 

Publications are collected from a wide range of disciplines - anthropology, archaeology, art history, dance studies, dramatic arts, literature, philosophy, physics, psychology, therapy, etc.

Subject coverage:
  • Western art music
  • popular music and jazz
  • historical musicology
  • ethnomusicology
  • folk music
  • instruments and voice
  • performance practice and notation
  • music theory and analysis
  • pedagogy
Feedback - your comments about this resource would be much appreciated - please leave feedback below.

'From hip hop to Händel, from ethnomusicology to music therapy, from elementary music education to advanced music theory'

29 September 2014

New e-Resource - Instant Anatomy Online

Our new Instant Anatomy Online: aided learning in human anatomy subscription covers the following material:
  • over 560 diagrams covering all areas of the human body
  • 144 downloadable podcasts covering the limbs, thorax and vertebral column, head and neck, abdomen and pelvis, and embryology 
  • over 23 hours of audio with accompanying images 
  • 800 revision questions and answers covering the limbs, thorax and vertebral column, head and neck, and the abdomen and pelvis 
  • 38 lectures covering topics in more focus, 6 hours of audio 
  • 130 Multiple Choice Questions and explanations on how to answer them, with accompanying audio 
  • 14 sections of Oral Examination Preparation, with accompanying audio
  • over 1,700 Interactive Multiple Choice Questions on the Arm, Leg, Thorax, Abdomen, Head and Neck, Surface Anatomy, Embryology, and Vertebral and General Anatomy

27 September 2014

Oxford University Press - Business and Management e-Resources training session

Why not join an online demonstration/training session on Thursday 9 October at 11.30, to get the most out of some of the Library's Oxford University Press online databases.

The session will deal with Business and Management-related content available in the following e-resources: 

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

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 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.

26 September 2014

New e-Resources - over 2,300 Wiley e-books

We now have access to 2,307 new Wiley e-books, bringing our total number of Wiley e-books to over 2,600.  These are all listed in SAULCAT and can be found in SEEKER, too.

These new e-books were published online during 2013-2014; in 2015, we will have access to Wiley titles published in 2014-2015.

These e-books are also accessible in the Wiley Online Library and this is indicated by an open padlock sign

We have trial access to these Wiley e-books until the end of 2016,  through an agreement brokered by the SHEDL (Scottish Higher Education Digital Library) collaborative purchasing consortium.

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

St Andrews will also have permanent access to all the other Wiley; Elsevier; OUP/UPSO; Palgrave and Sage e-books bought by other SHEDL libraries, after the trials end

Due to recent SHEDL negotiations, we now have trial access to over 28,000 new e-books from the following publishers: Elsevier (2,850 titles); Oxford University Press/University Press Scholarship Online (14,715 titles); Palgrave (5,200 titles); Sage (2,440 titles), and Wiley (2,627 titles)

24 September 2014

Historical Texts database - exciting new enhancements added

Exciting new features have just been added to the Historical Texts database, with more scheduled over the next few weeks – see below. 

Alternative Spelling options  
  •      Variant Spelling - lists all the variant spelling the database will search for eg murdir, murdre
  •       Variant Forms: if Variant Spelling is selected, this can also be used to retrieve additional forms of the word eg murdered, murdred
  •      Misspellings - usually where line breaks have been encoded into the text eg mur+der, mur+dre
  •      Printer Replacements - where printers have used other characters to replace letters eg mvrder, mvrdre
Reset Button - clears all your search options for a new search 

Filter Results - allows quick limiting of search results by Author, Collection, Date, Genre, Subject, Text type and Printer/Publisher 

New Sort Options - by Author, Title and Date. The default sort option is Relevance 

Improved Browsing - to quickly identify the Author or Publisher you want 

Grid Display - an optional way to review your results instead of the list display 

New Shorter URL for each item - via the share button in the Viewer. Clicking on the url links directly to the book 

Hit highlighting - retrieved items are now highlighted in the Viewer (in both the search results and text) 

Open Multiple Items - selected results can now be opened all at once, in multiple browser windows, with a new Open all button 

23 September 2014

Making the most of BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National - free webinars

If you're new to BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National, our shared online TV and radio streaming service subscription, why not sign up for a free webinar?

These 30-minute webinars cover all aspects of BoB, including a broad introduction to the service - with some covering more specific aspects, such as embedding clips, discovering content, etc.

Find out more about each webinar and book your place via the links below.  You can register for as many webinars as you want.

Tuesday 21 October, 1 - 2pm: Introduction to the Box of Broadcasts
Get a broad overview of what you can do with BoB National

Thursday 23 October, 1.00 - 1.30pm: Discovering content
Get tips on how to best embed content into VLEs, presentations and websites

Tuesday 4 November, 1.00 - 1.30pm: Recording
Discover all the possibilities when recording content

Thursday 6 November, 1.00 - 1.30pm: Clips and playlists
Get the lowdown on making clips and playlists 

Tuesday 11 November, 1.00 - 1.30pm: Embedding
Find out tips and best practice to most easily find the content you need 

22 September 2014

Introducing BoB (Box of Broadcasts National) - access over 1 million TV and radio programmes

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is an innovative shared online TV and radio streaming service, subscribed to by the Library. It allows you to:
  • view over 1 million TV and radio programmes, back to 2007, on- and off-campus 
  • record TV and radio programmes from over 60 channels, broadcast in the previous 30 days
  • schedule recordings days in advance
  • watch BOB on handheld devices
  • create playlists and clips, and share via Twitter, etc
  • store and reuse your recordings, embed in the curriculum, VLEs, etc.
  • display and search interactive transcripts and thumbnails
  • read case studies showing how BoB/audio-visual material can be used in innovative and effective ways within education
  • access over 13 foreign language channels, including German, French and Italian
  • search across future and recorded programmes simultaneously
The first time you access, you will need to register.  Please make sure that you use your University e-mail address.

Then select Login', type 'St Andrews' into the Enter Organisation Name search box, click on the link to the University of St Andrews, and login with your University Account details.  

A detailed User Guide is available.  Watch short video tutorials about the new features.

Please note: you have access to BoB from anywhere in the UK, but not from abroad, due to copyright

19 September 2014

New student? - some useful e-resources

If you're a new student - Welcome!  

You'll become very familiar with our great range of e-resources (databases, e-books and e-journals) during the course your studies, but here are a few general e-resources which you might use often: 
We have many other databases in most subjects, available 24/7, both on- and off-campus -  so take your time, have a browse, ask if you need advice ... enjoy!

18 September 2014

New 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.  The Library has subscribed to it, after a very successful trial.

BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire or Android tabletIt 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'

17 September 2014

Trial e-Resource - Loeb Classical Library

The Loeb Classical Library is newly available online, and we're delighted to have a trial of it until the middle of November 2014.

The Loeb Classical Library is a virtual library of more than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts - all that is important in Greek and Latin literature - together with accurate English translations, and critical and explanatory notes.

Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians, etc., are all covered. 

With the Loeb Classical Library you can:
  • read every Loeb volume in print, including biannual additions
  • toggle between single- and dual-language reading modes
  • browse works and volumes of the library by author, language, period, form, genre, and subject
  • search across the full Loeb corpus in English, Latin, and Greek
  • bookmark, organise and annotate content in your personal workspace
  • share notes and reading lists with classmates, students, and colleagues
  • access regularly uploaded new and revised volumes
 Feedback - your comments about this resource would be much appreciated - please leave feedback below.